The American Dream was the ideal goal for most common people across 1920’s America. These citizens, regardless of their social status and family history, strived to become accomplished first-class socialites. Even though they struggled to grasp this materialistic dream, high class citizens- specifically those born into wealth- already reached this heavenly goal. Truly, this makes the wealthy ultimately the American Dream themselves because of their granted status that the common people desired. This concept is incorporated in Fitzgerald’s American Classic The Great Gatsby : a fiction work that describes a poor young man named Gatsby and his relationship with the rich and beautiful Daisy Fay Buchanan.
The dream lies deeply rooted in American society and the very mention of it lights a passionate fire in the hearts of American citizens everywhere. The idea behind the dream is that if an individual has sufficient willpower, he or she has a fair chance of achieving wealth as well as the freedom and happiness that come packaged with it. Essentially, it offers the opportunity of achieving spiritual and material fulfillment. It promises success at the cost of hard work and perseverance. Over time however, this idea of attaining success through hard work and perseverance has been skewed into one which exploits greed and carelessness and The Great Gatsby is an excellent affirmation of this.
President John F. Kennedy echoes these views in his attempt to preserve and continue the legacy and belief of The American Dream. John F. Kennedy used the criteria of The American Dream to help him shape a better nation, which makes him one of America’s most influential presidents. John “Jack” Fitzgerald Kennedy, or more commonly known as JFK, was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was born into a very wealthy and politically driven, Irish-Catholic f... ... middle of paper ... ...The American Dream to help him shape a better nation, which makes him one of America’s most influential presidents.