Compare the treatment of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby to Revolutionary Road.  

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In both works, the verdict rendered on the American Dream is that any pursuit undertaken without honesty and a sense of reflection within it is doomed to failure.  Gatsby naively believes in his own idealism about "the American Dream."  There is little in way of reflection about it and even less in terms of honesty and pragmatism adopted.  The American Dream is shown in Fitzgerald's work to be one that entices individuals for all of the wrong reasons.  There is scant candor and rumination about what defines being in...

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