The American Myth “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” (Franklin 2). This is what the founding fathers of this nation thought to be the key to success. Hard work is what they thought needed to be done in order to achieve their dreams, their American dreams. Today, hard work is what one thinks of last when wanting to achieve the American dream. Traditionally Americans have come to think that the American dream of success, fame, and wealth comes through with thrift and hard work. However today the words hard and work do not seem to go together and have come to be just words with no meaning. The American dream is a myth it exist no more, the dream has come to be more of an entitlement than something to work towards. In order to demonstrate the myth of the American dream one must look at how this nation and its government are corrupting the dream. The American dream is the vacation one has wanted to take for years now, but there never seems to be enough money and time for it. Throughout childhood one is told by parents, teachers, friends, and family members that one is capable of doing anything is this world. They lie so that one can grow up thinking that everything is possible and have the motivation to keep on going. “We all still hold it (American dream) in our hearts as what America was built on. Even if in our minds we know it is a lie, a fairytale perpetuated to keep as marching to the tune” (Kiser 1). Secondly, the American dream is something one fantasizes about but does not really make it happen. Yet another piece of evidence is F. Scott Fitzgerald, who in the classic twentieth-century story, The Great Gatsby, shows how Gatsby, as the novel unfolds, realizes that his idea and pursuit of Daisy is more rewarding than the actual attainment of her. That is exactly what one does with the American dream; one plans it carefully and takes great pleasure doing so. However one has no intension of actually accomplishing it. “A study of attitudes in 27 countries found that Americans, more than people elsewhere, tend to believe that intelligence, skill and effort will be rewarded with success” (Brownstein 1). Americans are the most vulnerable and motivated by this. Clearly it can be said that the American dream is a myth. Something one wants to own and plan but not accomplish. Upper class Americans will always stay upper class and middle/lower class ones will always stay middle/lower class. One good example would be young people who begin with the most advantages and are more likely than the less well-off to have an advantage in education. And education is the one and only true key to success. A report done by Sawhill and Haskins showed that children of parents who attended college and are at higher social status, have more opportunities to also attend college and eventually gain a high social status, also children born to low-income parents in the U.S. are more likely to remain trapped near the bottom, and like Haskin stated “It’s a completely unsettling trend” (Haskin 1). The opportunities upper class students own are tremendously exceptional, their schools are more equipped than public ones; they have better academic, art, sports, and music programs. And in an “environment like this, upward mobility becomes tougher” (Brownstein 1). Children whose parents received some type of college degree are now almost five times more likely to also complete and receive some college degree than are the children whose parents did not. Yet another piece of evidence is F. Scott Fitzgerald, who in his classic, The Great Gatsby, shows that a person from any social background could make a fortune. However it is the American aristocracy-families with old money who despised the newly rich industrialists and speculator. In the novel people like Tom and Daisy will always be rich, and people like Gatsby and Nick will always be middle class. Indeed it is clear that old money will forever be old money,
This essay, The Myth of the Model American Family, is a discussion of the concept of an ideal family in the different perspective specifically social, cultural and economic. This is also an attempt to identify the structural changes in relation to the global development and the international economic crisis that immensely created impact on their lives. However, the discussion will limit itself on the different identifiable and observable transformations as manifested in the lifestyles…
A Tewa Legend
Long ago and far away this did not happen. On top of Red Rock Hill, lived a little rabbit. Prickly pears were his favorite food, and every day he would hunt for them along the east bank of the Rio Grande. Eventually he ate all the prickly pears along that bank, so he cast his hungry eyes across the river. He said to himself, "I'll bet plenty of them grow over there. Now, how am I going to get across the river to look?"
The rabbit knew the river was too deep and too wide for him…
Native American Literature Essay
Native Americans believed in many myths. Each tale is different based on the traditions, religion, and aspects of certain tribes. These mythological tales no only changed the Iroquois' outlooks on life, but they told of tribes past and how they were created. Each tribe passes down these myths from generation to generation and each storyteller adds something new. Native Americans worshiped these beliefs of their traditions, morals, and even of the earth.
article “Conflict on the Plains”, Native Americans and White Americans were against each other because of their different lifestyles and cultures. The White Americans did not understand the Native American’s lifestyle, while the Native Americans thought the White Americans were devils who ruined the earth. Eventually, this led them to war. “Genesis” and “The World on the Turtle’s Back” are creative myths about how the earth was first created. These two myths have some similarities but also many differences…
horrible reputation America’s education system has been given by the media and by the government. Americans have almost been programmed to believe that the public school systems are failing and that in order to make their children successful they have to be sent to private schools. The Manufactured Crisis is a well written book jammed packed full of research and observation that overwhelming disproves the myths and bashing of public school systems.
In chapter one Biddle and Berliner grab you attention…
The Candyman: Behind the Man in the Mirror
This research will explore the significance a myth, specifically the myth about the Candyman, has when compared to the history of America. The Candyman will be broken down so that one can understand the roots of the story. By doing so, one can infer how the myth was created. Readers attempting to comprehend the significance and the ties the myth and America has with one another, must have background knowledge on the author of story and the director…
Ceremony: Journal #2
The Native American culture has many myths. These myths are mostly about nature such as animals, insects, or weather patterns. Leslie Silko incorporates these Native American myths many times though out her book “Ceremony”. The myth “Mooin, the Bear Child” is closely related to Silko’s idea of the character Shush. Bears in both of these stories serve as a symbol of strength and medicine.
The myth “Mooin, the Bear Child” is about a boy whose Step Father has jealousy toward…
The Myth of the Frontier and Neighboring Natives
Ursurla L. Waller
HIS 204: American History Since 1865
Instructor Jessica Schmidt
2015 January 8
The Myth of the Frontier and Neighboring Natives
Movement towards the Great West, known as, "the existence of an area of free land." fortified a boundary line that runs between savagery and civilization. Populated and seized by the Europeans in continental areas bordering the United States of America, the Western Movement began after…
European culture and the African culture
In the modern world most of the cultural is from the North America and also from other parts of the world.
The South Americans express their religious and mythical beliefs in textiles, gold, silver as well as pottery and stone. They produce superb art and finely women textiles.
The South Americans believe in the great god. He was the god of nature. The most common way of worshiping the great god was to smoke pipes because the smoke would carry their thoughts…
the consumer’s mind and enter the
world of culture and society, for this is the
realm in which iconic brands create value.
The myth economy
Consumers place such high value on iconic
brands because they play a crucial role in
society. Iconic brands use their products and
consumption occasions as a platform to perform a special kind of story – a myth. These