The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Modern culture clearly identifies the persistent thoughts of how people feel they warrant more. American exceptionalism appears in R. Kelly’s ageless song, “I Believe I Can Fly.” The main concept of the lyrics is about being greater than the common standards and achieving more than what seems possible. “I believe I can fly/ I believe I can touch the sky/ I believe I can soar/ I see me running through that open door” (Kelly). R. Kelly’s words are undoubtedly inspirational and motivating; however, being the one special person that gets the opportunity to “run through that open door” is a very slim probability (Kelly). The American dream appeals to Tom trying to get what his true love, just as American’s use this song as a way of showing they believe they are worthy of overcoming everyone else. In Charles Murray’s “American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History,” the nature of humans tendency to feel like they “can touch the sky” is described (Kelly). America, at its beginning, separated from European life in, “geography, ideology, politics, and daily life,” creating a newly formed independent nation (American). The future of America was bound to be superior to other countries because the United States possessed qualities that simply made it special. Need for supremacy is prominent in the present generation, known as Generation Y Yuppies. Twenty and thirty year olds presently have an egocentric persona that guides them to act as if they are the only one who matters. The upbringing for this stemmed from years of being told, “they could be whatever they wanted,” and allowing them to have, “the special protagonist identity deep with their psyches” (Generation 3). In the fictitious representation, the generation Y children, products ... ... middle of paper ... ... Scott Fitzgerald Quotes." F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes. Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina., 28 Jan. 1997. Web. 03 Feb. 2014. . Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Diamond as Big as the Ritz. N.p.: n.p., 1922. Print. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1995. Print. Kelly, R. ""I Believe I Can Fly" Lyrics." R KELLY LYRICS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. . Walker, Jade. "Affluenza Defense: Rich Texas Teen Gets Probation For Killing 4 Pedestrians While Driving Drunk (VIDEO)." The Huffington Post., 12 Dec. 2013. Web. 23 Jan. 2014. . Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy. N.p.: n.p., 2013. Print.
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