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The American Dream: A Raisin in the Sun vs. The Great Gatsby
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The American Dream is the national culture of what we believe as a society and as Americans to be success, prosperity, and freedom. Aspects of the American Dream can be found in the play A Raisin in the Sun and the novel The Great Gatsby. The two pieces of literature are very different and represent two distinct eras and lifestyles.
A Raisin in the Sun takes place in the 1950’s and centers around a very poor family living in a poor neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. All the members of the family share an interest in wanting to have a better life although, a “better life” is defined differently by each member. The concept of a “better life” is one that is weighted heavily in the American Dream. Lena Younger and her husband had dreamed of an improved living condition when they were first married. When they first rented their apartment they believed it would be temporary and that they would move up the social chain and have a house of their own. Therefore, the American Dream in Lena’s eyes is having her own house with her own garden. Walter’s idea of the American Dream is much more materialistic than his mother’s. He dreams of having a large house and lots of money.
In the novel The Great Gatsby the American Dream is presented differently. The Great Gatsby centers on a group of individuals who live in New York in the 1920s. The American Dream is still the same where socially people want to advance and make money and be successful. This idea is portrayed in Nick and Gatsby. Nick is a person who works hard to get ahead and be successful. Gatsby also worked to better his living condition to impress Daisy. The difference between The Great Gatsby and A Raisin in the Sun is that in The Great Gatsby you see the…...

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