The ladder represents the dissatisfaction that exists in the American Dream. The ladder is essentially a symbol of one's dreams and aspirations, and each rung is a level of their success. However, the ladder continues to grow no matter how much is achieved. In essence, one will never truly reach the end of their ladder, leading them to be dissatisfied with their "American Dream"
The American Dream can often result in one disregarding all aspects of life except the pursuit of wealth, as seen in the jumbled thoughts with a sole arrow pointing to money. The materialistic aspect of the American Dream revolves around the idea of greed, the concept that one never has enough and should always pursue more.
The black cloak represents the unrealistic hopes and dreams that are often a result of the pursuit of the "American Dream". This cloak overshadows the actual achievements of the individual, represented by the white spots. Often, people are so caught up in achieving their unrealistic hopes and aspirations in the American Dream that they forget to acknowledge and appreciate their achievements