Mott, Wesley T.
Although the phrase "American Dream" would not be coined until the middle of the twentieth century, the ideals of the concept, particularly those pertaining to money and class structure, had a profound effect upon the development of the nation. This MQP examines how three novelists -- James Fenimore Cooper, William Dean Howells, and F. Scott Fitzgerald -- realistically depict the social tendencies of their respective eras, critique the paradoxes of achievement, and struggle to define and enhance the uniqueness of American opportunity.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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