The Flaws in the American Dream Essay

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“The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream,” - Tommy Hilfiger. There is nothing more American than the theory we hold called The American Dream. In the book The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates the false idea of the American Dream through the life of Jay Gatsby. The American Dream Theory holds that the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity are available to any American as long as they put in the hard work and dedication.
The American Dream disregards the societal class you were born into and offers every American the chance to rise in the ranks regardless of where they come from or who they were born into. We can think back on
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With this feeling of hope and the new breakthroughs in production people rushed into cities buying homes and apartments and working to better their lives.
This time period in American manufacturing can only be represented by one man, Henry Ford. Henry Ford grew up on a farm in Michigan. At age 16, and with no intention of taking the farm over, Ford found a job as a machinist apprentice. After years of hard work, and a successful run with the Edison Illuminating Company, Ford finally saved enough money to quit and create a company with one purpose, experiment and create self-propelled gasoline vehicles also known as cars.
Ford then went on to run one of the most successful companies this country has had. He payed his workers $5 an hour which caused the nations best engineers to flock to Detroit in hopes for a job, he created the assembly line which improved efficiency and productivity and allowed for more jobs in the manufacturing warehouse. The Ford Motor Company was one of the only companies to remain successful during the Great Depression and all because of the hard work of one man. Men were not the only ones receiving jobs at this time. Because of the boom in white collar jobs, single women were finding themselves working as typewriters, cabinet filers, or telephone operators. With the growing popularity in manufacturing and white collar jobs, America started to shape and form it’s middle class, which

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