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The American Dream is said to be the ultimate state to be in it however requires a person to make numerous sacrifices to achieve this state and many people dont see how flawed and unrealistic it is The noel The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald and the movie American Beauty by Mendes explore the notion of the flawed American Dream and demonstrate how the relationship between the individual and their society us responsible for the sacrifices they make Some of the sacrifices they make include money relationships emotions property and living standards Over the years money has become a continual issue in the lives of many people and for some it affects their everyday happiness In the Great Gatsby the idea that money means everything presents readers with an image that the American Dream is extremely materialistic Daisy cant marry Gatsby to begin with because he doesnt have a lot of money Because of this Gatsby tries over the years to gain great wealth to regain Daisy as his companion In American Beauty both Caroline and Lester work all the time to earn a lot of money to be well off in society to portray the image of wealth Neither of them enjoys nor is content with the jobs that they have and this affects all aspects of their life including their family relationships The relationships and individual has effects how they interact with society People often sacrifice these relationships to project an image that seems better suited to their society In American Beauty Caroline and Lester sacrifice their relationship with one another to portray and image of prosperity rather than how they really feel Over the years they have become so caught up with the idea of looking well off that they have forgotten about the emotions of their partner and their relationship falters because of this In the Great Gatsby Gatsby sacrifices his relationships with his father and his childhood relationships to
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