diversities, its inhabitants- the "average American"- have a single thing in common; a single idea; a single goal; the American Dream. The Dream consists of a seemingly simple concept; success. Americans dream of a successful marriage, family, successful job, and own a Victorian-style home with a white picket fence and an oak tree with a swing tire in the front yard. The accessories add to the package according to the individuality of the American Dream. And, perhaps along with the "melting pot"
theme shared between There Will Be Blood and Citizen Kane is the pursuit of the American Dream. Both Daniel Plainview and Charles Kane share an immense strive for ambition, achieving their success, and failures, in much different ways, with ultimately the same outcome, isolation due to negligence. The drive both protagonists share leads to their wealth, as well as their many losses, personal, physical, emotional, and psychological. The American Dream consists of the achievement of wealth, status, success
and a feeling of complete satisfaction is everyone’s dream. This dream has been given a name, the American Dream, to honor the land of opportunity where the idea was put into words. The American Dream, in its most simple form, means security. The stereotypical quest for bigger and better does not define the Dream, it’s the safety the goal ends up providing. However this relentless pursuit of this sanctuary proves to be fruitless. The American Dream conditions people to believe that what they have is
of Fitzgerald’s most credited novel, The Great Gatsby (Bruccoli, 1985). With its critiques of materialism, love and the American Dream (Berman, 1996), this dramatic idyllic novel, (Harvey, 1957), although poorly received at first, is now highly regarded as Fitzgerald’s finest work (Rohrkemper, 1985) and is his publisher, Scribner 's most popular title, (Donahue, 2013). The novel achieved it’s status as one of the most influential novels in American history around the nineteen fifties and sixties