Analysis Of The Great Gatsby And A Streetcar Named Desire

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Preserved in the Constitution of 1776 is a dream of spiritual attainment, which argues that all men, equal under law, should be free to engage in the pursuit of happiness. Throughout Tennessee Williams’s noteworthy novel, A Streetcar Named Desire, the author makes a criticism of a spiritual fulfillment of this pronounced “American Dream”. Williams continually makes the dream look to be unattainable to most Americans, and viewed as a sign of dominance rather than opportunity and perseverance. In this latest play we have read in class, the American Dream is consistently criticized and made out to look as if it is truly detrimental to the average citizen. Tennessee Williams talks about the numerous problems of the people in this back, for example…show more content…
In A Streetcar Named Desire, we see a version of the American dream that is not pretty. The author contends that the dream causes people to act poorly towards others and perform deplorable actions. However in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald presents a different, more optimistic version of the American dream. Fitzgerald shows through his character Jay Gatsby that the American dream is undoubtably a good thing. Jay Gatsby is an upstanding individual who uses his money and influence for good. Gatsby also positively impacts the lives of many people that he meets, as well as making the people he sees extraordinarily happy. Not only does Fitzgerald offer an optimistic view of the American dream in The Great Gatbsy, he alos offers a very realistic view of it as well. Although Jay Gatsby is an outwardly happy man, he desires one thing that he cannot have: the love of his life, Daisy. In this, Fitzgerald correctly shows that while the American dream can improve the lives of people, it is not a panacea to all of one’s problems. Between The Great Gatsby’s representation of the American dream, and A Streetcar Named Desire’s, The Great Gatsby’s proves to be the most correct and the most realistic description of the meaning of the American
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