Degree Year


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Thesis - Open Access

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Bachelor of Arts




Molly Anne Marks


Norman Mailer, American dream, America


The American dream has been in existence almost as long as America (as a political entity) has. From the Puritan's desire for the "City on the Hill" to Hunter S. Thompson's recent book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, Americans have been convinced that the individual can transcend earthly evil and decadence, and attain a state of perfection. The American dream is the visionary ideal that is represented in social form by utopian thinking. A personalized ideal would appear easier to attain than a social one because of its apparent relative simplicity, yet this is not the case. Personalization does not simplify the American dream.