Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Horatio Alger states that through hard work, honesty and strong determination, the American Dream is achievable to all. One person who criticised this myth was Marcus Klein. He argues that Alger uses the subversive version of the American Dream, critiquing it whilst endorsing it. Ragged Dick 'made it', making him more respectable with nice clothes and less slang. Klein argues that in doing this, Alger is kind of making fun of respectability, and that it is all just to play a part. Dick gets a good job because of the work of saving a millionaire's son, whilst Fosdick happens to get a recommendation and thus a job because of social networks. This suggests that you can work extremely hard but you are not going to make it to the top without pure luck.