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The American Dream remains viewed as the success which one obtains The American Dream has had a great impact on literature as well as an impact on the changing of time periods The 19th century Transcendentalists idea of the American Dream focuses on reaching ones goals by honest hard work On the other hand Gatsbys idea of the American Dream in the 20th century centers on becoming successful by way of illegal money that was not acquired through working Ultimately the Transcendental and Gatsbys beliefs reveal a great deal of contrast The American Dream of the Transcendentalists centers on being all that one is meant to be First of all the ideas of the Transcendentalists did not revolve around society and materialistic possessions Transcendentalists felt that society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of everyone of its membersfrom Self-Reliance 194 Also Transcendentalists believed that The nation itself with all its so-called internal improvements which by the way are all external and superficial is just such an unwieldy and overgrown establishment cluttered with furniture and tripped up by its own traps ruined by luxury and heedless expense from Where I Lived and What I Lived For 212 and for which the only cure is simplicity In addition Transcendentalists believed that man should live life to the fullest by seeking to reach their potential Thoreau did not wish to take a cabin passage but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world for there I Thoreau could best see the moonlight amid the mountains from Conclusion 217 Seeking to reach ones potential means that one must Absolve you to yourself and you should have the suffrage of the world from Self-Reliance 194 Furthermore the Transcendentalists sought self-knowledge through the study of nature Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit The flowers the animals the mountains reflected the wisdom of his best hour as much as they had delighted
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