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Glass Menagerie

For centuries, men and women from all over the world have seen in America a place where they could realize their dreams.We each dream our own American Dream.For some it is a vision of material prosperity, for others it can be a feeling of secure and safe.It can be the dream of setting goals.It can be about social justice, as Martin Luther King Jr. gave the speech of ?§I have a dream?, says ?§In spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream.I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.??
We believe in the American Dream because it does not fit with any temporary contentedness, rather it brings us the power for improvement and equality.However, why does the American Dream still fall?The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is considered as the representative of the decline of the American Dream, can give us some ideas of what it is about.
The Great Gatsby describes the failure of American Dream, from the point of view that American political ideas conflict with actual conditions that exist.For whereas American democracy is based on the idea of equality among people, the truth is that social discrimination still exists and divisions among the classes cannot be overcome.Myrtle Wilson?s attempt to break into the Buchanans fails at last.She struggles herself to fit into an upper social group, pretends to be rich and scorns people from her own class.She does all these because she wants to find a place for herself in Tom Buchanan?s class but she does not succeed in doing so.
Nearly all the characters in the story are materialistic and this included Fitzgerald himself.Fitzgerald mirrored his nation?s new attitude toward money: he was considerably more interested in making and spending it…