Dissapointment Of The Hollywood Dream

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Fame, success, and disappointments are all a part of the well- known Hollywood fantasy. The young hopeful arrives in town, takes a job in a hash wagon, and is soon discovered by a studio big-shot. It hardly ever happens, but one just can not kill the dream. According to Kevin Starr’s book Inventing the Dream, since Horax Wilcox decided to take his newly bought land and split it, Hollywood has obtained a title that is known worldwide. Wilcox’s land went from something small to a million dollar enterprise, therefore representing a dream that was accomplished. Before movies settled permanently in Hollywood, an estimated of ten million Americans were watching movies. This figure doubled in only two years. By 1926 Hollywood became the fifth largest industry in the United States, and less than a decade later Budd Schulberg wrote “A Table At Ciro’s.” This story, despite its shortness, has much detail about the dream of succeeding in Hollywood that is tried to achieve by millions of people around the world. Schulberg illustrates in the story that when Hollywood was rising everyone had the epidemic to become part of this “world.” Schulberg portrays the characteristics of beauty, social connections, and luck as the characteristics to be successful in Hollywood during the 1940’s. All the characters in this story collide with the dream of being able to be successful in Hollywood through A.D Nathan, the man of power in the story. Budd Schulberg uses the “Table at Ciro’s” as a model to show his readers the dreams that millions of regular Americans tried to obtain during the growth of the movie business in Hollywood. Schulberg interprets through this piece the damage that the Hollywood dream brings upon social relations and moral behavior of an individual. At first glance, one sees the classic and luxurious life that people are able to obtain with their success in Hollywood.

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