The American Dream

by: Danielle Jackels

Definition:

The American dream is having a happy and successful life. It includes a perfect house, family, and job.
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Summary

The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is told by Nick Carraway, a young man who works in the bond business. Nick Carraway tells a story about a man named James Gatsby. James Gatsby is still in love with a woman named Daisy Buchanan, who is not happily married to Tom Buchanan. This book overall focuses on the American Dream and the green light. The green light represents the hope Gatsby has for the future.

The Crucible

This book, the Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is based on the Salem Witch era. Many girls were believed to be witches, because they were found dancing around a fire sacrificing an animal. Brought up soon after that is Abigail and John Proctor's affair. At the end of the book a witch trial is held. Resulting in executions.

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hester Prynne is a seamstress who now has to wear the letter A, A standing for adultery, on every piece of clothing. She is now paraded through town. We know she is an adulteress because he husband has been gone for several years and now has a daughter named Pearl. Pearl is the daughter of Hester and Arthur Dimmesdale, but her husband comes back with a false identity. At the end, Hester returns back to the colony.

Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman is written by Arthur Miller and takes place in the 1940s. Willy Loman is the main character. He has a wife, Linda, and two sons, Biff and Happy. Willy would like for him and his family to live the American Dream, but struggles to do so since he is out of a job and borrows money from his neighbor. Willy has dementia and goes back and forth between the past and present. In the past Willy favored his son Biff more, and in the present Will favors Happy. He wants them both to live the American Dream. The ending of this book is tragic, Willy Loman suicides.