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How is the American Dream presented in The Beautiful and Damned?

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The pursuit of the "American Dream" is a recurring theme in Fitzgerald’s canon. But what does this phrase mean, exactly? Scholars point to the definition as it was first publicly laid out by James Truslow Adams, in his 1931 book Epic of America. To quote the author:

The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. . . . [It is not] a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized...

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