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The Nightmare of the American Dream Many people strive to pursue the American Dream for they believe that through hard work and effort everyone can achieve success can be rich famous and happy Willett 1 However the pursuit of the American Dream will ultimately destroy every individual In Sister Carrie and The Pearl both authors demonstrate the many obstacles in this pursuit and show how the pursuit consumes those aspiring to attain the dream Specifically these obstacles can be shown through the difficulties of the protagonists and their families the protagonists changing personalities and their loss of personal freedom The family lives of the characters in Sister Carrie and The Pearl are consumed by pursuit of the American Dream In Sister Carrie the protagonist Carrie Meeber dreams of wealth and fame In order for Carrie to pursue the American Dream she is forced to leave her family and hometown in Columbia city When Carrie leaves she is alone away from home rushing into a great sea of life and endeavor Dreiser 8 Carrie moves to Chicago for she saw the city offering more of loveliness than she had ever known Dreiser 428 In Chicago Carrie moves in with her sister Minnie and her husband Sven to save her some money Soon Carrie finds a job but unfortunately loses it due to illness and Sven thinks that it might be best for the winter to go home if she doesnt find another jobDreiser 49 Carrie soon realizes that Minnie and Sven only invite her to live with them because they expect to use the bulk of her pay for their household expenses Lehan 70 Minnie and Sven only want Carries money even if it means
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