The American Dream in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby

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The American dream was a vision shared by the American people who desired their land to be improved and wealthier for every individual, with the opportunity for everyone in accordance to achievement. The dream is based on every individual working hard to become successful with an abundance of money, a nice house, two children and a high-quality job. In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the American dream symbolizes being free to come and go with the river, not to have restrictions, and to take pleasure in the wide-open Western edge. The dream’s beauty and liberty is depicted as a requirement for Huck, and for Jim who is a slave. The book shows that the American dream consequently turns out to be a celebration of freedom, for physical organization and rules, and also chauvinism of the Southern society in the slavery period. However, The Great Gatsby, which was written by Fitzgerald, is a figurative meditation on the 1920s breakdown of American dreams, in a period of unparalleled wealth and material surplus. Fitzgerald depicts the 1920s as a period of rotten moral and social value that is shown through America’s sarcasm, gluttony, and empty chase of enjoyment.
The book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn expresses the idea of the American dream through interracial friendship of the two principal characters, Jim and Huck. Huck is a youthful white male who runs from his insulting father. He escapes the repress of the society by running to river Mississippi. In the beginning of the story, Huckleberry has the state of mind of a child. Later in the novel, Huckleberry grows in maturity of things like racism. In the story of The Great Gatsby, through Gatsby, Fitzgerald shows that, while the rags-to-riches American dream seems unbelievable an...

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...and bad, right and wrong, danger and friend. His moral growth is contrasted to the character of Tom Sawyer, who justifies his disgraceful and possible destructive concern on the prejudice of slavery or the brutality of separating that weaken the American dream.
In conclusion, the American dream targeted the individual working hard in the pursuit to become successful and wealthy, with high-quality job and prosperity. In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the American dream symbolizes being free from any kind of restrictions and the ability to have the pleasure in the wide-open Western edge. However, The Great Gatsby criticizes the American dream due to moral and social value decay of the society.

Works Cited

Fitzgerald, F S. The Great Gatsby. London: Urban Romantics, 2012. Print.
Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Univ of California Press, 2003. Print.
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