The American Dream Essay

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Reed 1
Clayton Reed
Mrs. Stephens
English 11
04/29/14
The Dream of Americans Every American wants to become a successful individual, and Americans want to experience freedom and equality. The United States is the “Melting Pot” of the world due to the diverse amount of nationalities that live here in the U.S. The human desire to be rich is evident in every one, because money runs everything, and to survive, one needs money. Every human wants as much money as they can get, it’s a natural desire. The “old” American dream is evident through F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The American dream was to acquire as much money as you can, and this could have been done through the stock market, or selling alcohol. The demand for alcohol was even higher, due to the fact that it was illegal. More people were buying; so more money could be made, therefore fulfilling the American dream. Fitzgerald associates parties and good times with the wealthy. There came a certain time where the American dream was formed, and it became an idea. The definition of the American Dream can be defined in a number of ways, and everyone has their idea of what the dream is. The American dream can be identified through history, literature, and modern day success stories. John D. Rockefeller was the founder of the standard oil company in the early 1880’s. John Rockefeller was one of the richest people to ever live, and his net worth is about $340 billion, and sits at number four on the all time richest. Rockefeller was
Reed 2 inspired to be a hard-working individual at the age of 16, when he landed jobs such as an assistant bookkeeper for Hewlett and Tuttle. He was also a commission merchant and a produce shipper. At the young age…