I don’t think it is a small change though. The American dream is not just getting a car when your family didn’t have one before or getting a small promotion at work so your family can actually start saving money. Although these are part of the American dream which simply put is growing and prospering from what you had before. This being said, I believe the real American dream is starting at the bottom having nothing, usually brought to that point by oppression or devastation, and soaring above poverty to at the minimum easy living where money is not a worry in one’s life. The stereotypical story would be from poverty to high class living, but just the movement to a better life is all that really needs to happen to be an American dream story.
Consider acquiring any physical possessions without money. Not possible, right? External prosperity is unattainable without money. Maybe this is the reason for so many pro-capitalists and so few anti-capitalists. It is possible so many want the American Dream because they believe they can save enough money, work hard, and “get there” eventually.
Through a good job of course. Having an enjoyable, good paying job is extremely important. I am a firm believer that if you enjoy what you do, you do not have a job, you have a career. Many Americans also include jobs and money in their American Dream: ?Throughout much of our nation?s history people pursued the American Dream by... ... middle of paper ... ..., many people think about having millions and millions of dollars; however, they fail to consider the little things that can truly make you happy. Little things such as family and friends, and most importantly, good mental as well as physical health.
In the Essay he writes,” I do not want to paint too romantic a picture. Dumpster diving has serious drawbacks as a way of life.” When people refer to America they only r... ... middle of paper ... ... everything is available to them for a price and society standards require them to buy those things for whatever price. We love the idea of buying the new stuff about buying the best and that is a sign of a society where goods determine self-worth. But we accept that and because we accept it is why we are referred to as an overly materialistic country. Worse of all, the details that back up the argument are all true.
Cahill goes on to write, “What we have now is a culture in which the idea of the American dream can mean many things to many different people. Does the American dream mean owning your own home, being a substantial member of your community, and helping others? Or does i... ... middle of paper ... ...nd turn it into a quest for perfection. For most Americans, being “perfect” is unachievable because there is no criterion for perfection. Sometimes we are tricked into happiness by the American industry.
Society wants us to accept that having money, having big house, and owning multiple cars is the key to happiness, and henceforth, success. This is a lie; success is not having a large amount of money nor does it have to deal with fame. Society wants us to believe that living a life devoted to the pursuit of money will lead to success. Sadly, this is not true. Though money can buy conveniences and comforts, one will need much more than artificial amenities to live a successful, well-balanced life.
Dreaming is what America is all about; the beautiful houses, the wealth, the power to control things at your fingertips. Anything you can dream of you can obtain. Although, obtaining a wealthy dream can be a life of hard work and poverty—depending on what you want— it will eventually pay off to finally accomplish what is desired. “My own house was an eye-sore, but it was a small eye-sore and it had been over look, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor’s lawn and the consoling proximity of millionaires—all for eighty dollars a month.” (10) The Great Gatsby Essentially, the “dream” is in my view a state of mind in which you feel comfortable and content in. It is a reassurance that you have begun and finished what you set out to offer to yourself.
All of these aspects of the American Dream are debatable. They do not all have to be present to fulfill the American Dream. One doesn’t have to be financially well off to be successful. Having a happy, healthy family would definitely satisfy the requirements of the American Dream. If you don’t have a family, being happy with how you run your life would satisfy the requirements for the American Dream, also.
Gatsby’s case is similar to Charlie Wales from “Babylon Revisited”, in that he discovers that there is more to the dream then the money and the dream is not always going to live up to the expectations he has for his life. The American Dream is an ideal, a thing that is known for being unreachable. Some view it as an unlimited wealth, the perfect house with the bright white picket fence out front, and a beautiful family to go along with it. Others may view it for what it is, a dream—something that we can all see happening and wish that we could have but it is only a dream, not suitable for the real world. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defined the American Dream as, “An American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity; also: the prosperity or life that is the realization of this ideal,” (1).
That is how I see it. I do not see it as it appears on the exterior, which is a money hungry craze. Because I think during that time, people were not so worried about having the fancy car, or having the huge house. Having a loving family and a house to come home to is luxury enough, and says more than a car ever could. For some, such as another subject interviewed who was a young woman during the past decade, it appeared as if the American Dream was more self focused, but at the same time, targeted toward their “kind.” Of course I am referring to those women who were still promoting the issue of equal treatment for women and the entire women’s recognition issues.