"Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." Langston Hughes

The goal:

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"Gatsby believed in the green light...

This motivates Americans to work through a rigid schedule:
The Schedule....

And as they work:
..the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us....
"You ain't got the right to get discouraged. This here fambly's goin' under. You jus' ain't for the right." (Steinbeck, 351)

What Americans often find:
...it eluded us then, but that's no matter -to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther....
"He had lost the warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a singular dream." (Fitzgerald, 161)
"...he stretched out and cried in his bed, and the cars whizzing by on the highway only strengthened the walls of his loneliness." (Steinbeck, 181)

The goal:
and one fine morning----" (Fitzgerald, 180)


"If he needs a million acres to make him feel rich, seems to me he needs it 'cause he feels awful poor inside hisself, and if he's poor hisself ain't no million acres gonna make him feel rich, an' maybe he's disappointed that nothin' he can do'll make him feel rich..." (Steinbeck, 207)