In the “American dream” culture,it is believed that everyone should have equal morals and opportunity to succeed in life,but that’s not the case in these 2 texts The Great Gatsby and Bodega Dreams.In Bodega dreams, Ernesto Quinonez develops a character living in a setting of poor and low income.In The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is based on a love story on tragedy and mystery where a man Jay Gatsby overcome his struggle of being poot to a wealthy lifestyle. Both stories are based in the 1920’s during the prohibition era.The American dream is a ambitious ideology to conquer by hard work and hope that you will survive the beginning and achieve in the end. Everyone should have the the right to equal opportunity and succeed in life ebut in reality it doesn’t always seem that way. Hope and potential will pay off with hard work and courage to have a successful American dream and life. BODY 1People all around the world have migrated to America to seek instant wealth.Both The Great Gatsby and Bodega Dreams,the main characters Willie Bodega and Jay gatsby were wealthy young men who earned their money by selling illegal goods suchas drugs and alcohol which was banned in 1920’s.Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby was a bootlegger who smuggled liquor. People who first arrive to the American Dream look at money and power which drives them to lose their core values in life but sometimes people fight to accomplish.” Where the city sees burned buildings I see opportunity”(37).This explains Bodega’s dream and vision to use those buildings as establishment to make money. c. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther . . . . And one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”(180).d. At the end of The Great Gatsby,this quote reflects the the struggles of being successful in the American Dream.A passage from boats against currents,c. “But tomorrow, we’ll run a little bit faster Tomorrow, we’re going to find what we’re after at last Feelings that we left in the past There’s romance in the sunset We’re boats against the current to the end” d. This short lyrics gives out a message that a person who wants to achieve something out of the American Dream must work very hard and will be closer and closer once they do that. e. Overall the American Dream is for anyone who is seeking equal opportunity but in all cases it doesn’t seem that way or even stay that way.In conclusion,the message is that in person will face a battle of inequality at some point in their life,but some people go around it to reach their goals of being successful. “What is the American dream? The American dream is one big tent. One big tent. And on that big tent you have four basic promises: equal protection under the law, equal opportunity, equal access, and fair share” In The Great Gatsby and Bodega dreams,Both main characters Willie Bodega and Jay Gatsby face some type of inequality weather it is wealth status or ethnicity. “You and me have nothing in common…I’m Cuban, you’re Puerto Rican” (177).This quote from The Great Gatsby shows, that there is racism between races which makes opportunity limited and unfair in the American Dream. c. “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”(1) d. This statement is a piece of advice given by Jay Gatsby’s father how everyone doesn’t have the same level of opportunity as other do in life which creates the idea of inequality. c. “These empty dreams from the make-believe bedrooms their parents left them are the after-effects of television programs about the ideal white american family with black maids and latino janitors who are well train to make everyone and their bill collectors laugh at them and the people they represent” d. The White family are represented as wealthy Americans living a lavish lifestyle with Black and latino people working for them which they are immigrants.This shows the imagery and inequality between class and race. e. To Conclude with,Social injustice plays a major and important role in the American Dream regards of religion,ethnicity and status. Overall,the American dream sounds like a great opportunity for a new beginning but,it does consists a few downfalls such as discrimination and inequality. The American dream is based on a culture and beliefs that opportunity should be equal to all in every aspect of living standardly. To end here, Ernesto Quinonez and F. Scott Fitzgerald were both very detailed on how the story based on the American dream and survival played out regarding money and opportunity.