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You see for me America is an idea Its that capacity to dream and then try to pull it off if you can Bharati Mukeriee The American Dream has become an idealistic way to live ones life The American Dream has been a long-standing idea that in America all is possible An idea that through the accumulation of wealth will come happiness Unfortunately this is no longer the case The American Dream as it stands has become corrupted Since the main goal of the American dream is to reach a monetary goal people have abandoned the normal pursuits to reach this because they feel that reaching the ultimate goal is the final step and they are more then happy to take illicit paths to reach this dream As this becomes more and more true the American Dream is becoming corrupted because people are following a corrupted path to a dream that they believe will bring them happiness when they achieve it But the path they take will bring them nowhere near happiness but instead lead them to failure A failure of knowing that they strived too long for a false dream The American Dream is a corrupt dream that will not bring happiness to those that strive for it Both Arthur Miller and F Scott Fitzgerald believe this idea The novels of Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby focus on the corruption of the American Dream and the seductive nature of it But these authors did not write their novels to discourage a pursuit of a dream they feel that instead of pursuing the American Dream one should pursue his own dream and be true to himself The traditional idea of the American Dream is presented in both novels Within each work the authors present the illusive American Dream as many see it The Dream is an uncorrupted one and those that achieve it reap the full benefits of the Dream They show
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