Hand out this first... The America Dream holds a greater significance than that of earning more money or owning and incredible car. It signifies the inner dream that all men aspire to regardless of how trivial it may seem. The U.S.A... Bound by its motto as being a freedom-for-all nation; it has been labelled since the dawn of its colonial era as being a land of opportunity- giving us the understanding of the real "American Dream".
According to Fight Club, Tyler has found his masculine identity and the members of Fight Club are able to do this as well by enduring the pain of Fight Club and not conforming to society’s standards. When one is not tied down to material items and possessions to define them, they see their true identity. This masculinity defined by Fight Club is the theory that freedom comes from having nothing; thereby men are liberated by society’s confines, most specifically the male American Dream. Works Cited Fight Club. Novel by Chuck Palahniuk.
Men are looked at as brave, selfless people and are perceived as heroes all throughout society. Johnson addresses this point saying, “The idea of heroism, for example, has been appropriated almost entirely by patriarchal manhood. From movies and television to literature to the nightly news, our ideas of who and what is heroic focus almost entirely on men and what they do” (548). Since men have power in this world, they have generated a society that pleases them. Superhero movies are a huge money maker in today’s world.
For every exalted leader it is often said, "he was not without flaws." Perhaps when referring to Booker T Washington, it would be more accurate to say, "he was not without virtues." Through his autobiography, we see a man raise himself Up From Slavery to succeed in a white man's world. At first glance, it's easy to assume Booker T Washington was an adequate, if not impressive leader for the black race. Yet upon a closer examination, it is easy to find his thinly veiled motives - completely selfish in nature.
In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many characters are described using different key adjectives like 'thrilling' and 'sturdy'. The title character Jay Gatsby is described as 'great'. He is later shown to be a corrupt businessman whose entire life surrounds one purpose. The greatness of Jay Gatsby has often been debated, but evidence continues to show that even through his faults, corrupt ways and elaborate lies, Gatsby is great because his ability to dream and hope for a better future lifts him above the average and empowers the American Dream as an ideal. Nick believes that Gatsby's saving virtue that places him above the average person is his capacity to hope and his ability to persevere towards his dreams at any cost.
“Franklin started at an early age to initiate his ideas independently and then to elicit followers led to his success as a writer, printer, man of science, and philanthropist (Franklin 910).” Through out Franklins work there was a lot of use with saying expressing his feelings. He used them to express his feelings upon things. For example, he talks about “Drive thy business, let not that drive thee: and early to bed, and early to rise, make a Man healthy, wealthy, and wise (Franklin 914).” Within this expression, he talks about men being wealthy. Benjamin Franklin was a hard working man it wouldn’t always be labor work but work such as writing, studying, creating things that helped him become the successful man he became. In his reading, the way to wealth, speaks upon the things he did to become wealthy.
Sean Combs continues to say, “All the stories I heard about him, he was a good man and all that, and he was just hustling trying to make ends meet. He wasn’t known as some gangster.” However, growing up in Harlem, many influential artists surrounded Combs. Included in these artists are L. L. Cool J, Run-DMC, and The Beastie Boys. Before he was out of his teens he had already established a bridge between music being made on the street, and the high quality studios of major labels. He is also most known for discovering big names such as, the Notorious B.I.G, and Mary J. Blige.
The world we live in is full of amazing things. Cars, spaceships, cellphones are just a few examples. But the one thing that leave me breathless is how culture and society mold human live. There has always been a right way for individuals, and specially men to behave. Even now in the 21-century where things have changed and there is more freedom, men are asked to act in certain ways.
His ideas sparked a new type of thinking with young people. The beatniks gave way to the hippies and Kerouac had a direct affect on modern liberalism. I can think of few people who deserve a biography more than he does. Although by no means did he lead a perfect life, Jack Kerouac lead a remarkable life.
Overall, the value of the American Identity is found in literature such as The Awakening, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Great Gatsby. Different historical events such as the Women’s Suffrage Movements define America as a male driven nation. These few evidences of many provide an explanation of how men came to control a lot of the activity in the nation and its impact. Currently, women are treated with more respect, have equal rights, and can do many of the things that men can do. However, there is still a great amount of gender inequality in many various aspects and it will remain that way because this nation has been male dominated since it’s independence.