The American Dream What is the “American Dream?” Is it a big lawn, a white picket fence, and 2 kids? Or is it what our ancestors came here for? They came here for a chance at a better life. They came here for a freedom that could not be found anywhere else. They came here for life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. Some 200 years after our country was founded, we are still striving for the “American Dream.” The question is, are our ideals of the American Dream still attainable for everyone in America today, or did they fade with our ancestors themselves? The original American Dream was written into our Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson. In this document he stated that all men had the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. This mentality led our ancestors, from countries all over the world, to America. They came searching for all these things and certainly found them. They worked hard for what they had, and were very determined. Coming from a place where they were persecuted, really made them appreciate the raw freedom they found when they came to America. This is a mindset that everyone should strive for. Is the American Dream attainable for everybody? Some argue that people have rough lives, and that it is so much harder for someone nowadays. However I think that is ridiculous. Everyone has the chance at their “American Dream” no matter how hard you life is. Take Chris Gardner for example. Chris Gardner was a young man from New York City. He sold bone marrow scanners for a living while his wife worked at a cleaners. They had a very hard life and eventually his wife left him. At this point his life got harder and harder and eventually him and his very young son became homeless. At this point most would give up or just say he has had a hard life and he cannot reach his American Dream, but Chris didn’t give up. He lived in shelters, worked hard selling his bone marrow scanners, and also worked as a stock broker. Chris Gardner made a new life for himself. He may have had a “hard life” but he never gave up. Now Chris Gardner is a huge stock broker, motivational speaker, and donates to many charities. This man proved that no matter how hard someone’s lot in life is, there is always still a chance for the American Dream. Working hard, in my opinion, is the
What American Dream?
“The idea that we are the greatest people in the world because we have the most money in the world is ridiculous. Wait until this wave of prosperity is over! Wait ten or fifteen years! Wait until the next war on the Pacific, or against some European combination! ... The next fifteen years will show how much resistance there is in the American race. There has never been an American tragedy. There have only been great failures.” Fitzgerald uttered these words to an interviewer…
The American Reality
The Great Gatsby has easily become one of the most analyzed pieces of literature since its publication in 1925. Set in the early 1920’s, The Great Gatsby captures a time where anything seemed possible and obtainable, a time where reform and progression were constant and steady. This idea is something that Fitzgerald definitely carried over into The Great Gatsby, since the majority of the characters spend all of their time and effort to achieve their interpretation…
Death of a Salesman
Why come to America? What does America really have to offer, one may ask? What sets America aside, and makes it different from other nations around the world? The “American Dream” simply answers all of these questions.
In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman, a man hopelessly chasing the “American Dream”, is unsuccessful in his journey to “paradise.” The “American Dream” is the belief that through hard work, patience, and courage, one can achieve success and…
accomplishing what hasn't already been accomplished, can be considered the overall American Dream. Generally, every child wants to surpass the achievements of their parents as a natural act of competition and personal satisfaction. Throughout The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, and Death of a Salesman, there is a constant yearning desire to achieve the “American Dream;” whether it be reality or illusion. Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, and Miller, all portray the ideas of the American Dream relating to the…
Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' he proves the American dream to be nothing people pretending to be something they're not in hopes of a better life. So is the American dream still a living dream today? Well you would think it would be because you still hear some people still talk about it here and there, so that's what I hoped to find out. Here are some things I discovered in the process.
It seems the American dream is very popular in American Literature. While it is quite popular in others 'The…
The American dream is the reason why thousands of people come to America in order to achieve their dreams of a better life and success. In America people can become success or never reach their goals this is the reality of the American dream, which most people do not reach their goal. The dream is supposed to be fair for everyone but certain circumstances make it uneven for most people and give advantages to a few. This belief of anyone can become successful make American appealing to many people…
Today, reality is closing in and shoving the American Dream out of reach. People need to
understand that the American Dream is still attainable even in this day and age, with prices rising
and jobs becoming harder to be accepted. Based on a few articles and visuals, the Dream is
difficult but very accessible to the average individual with a little hard work and commitment.
studies estimated the yearly cost of achieving the American
Dream with the price tag of…
People from all over the world have come to America, and everybody that has immigrated to America wants to achieve the American dream. The three main parts of the American dream are; new Eden, believe in progress, and the importance of the individual. For example new Eden is to believe that America is the land of opportunity that anyone can come to succeed and start a new life. Believe in progress is the believe that if we work hard will achieve anything and obtain the pursuit of…
The American Dream
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“What is the American dream?”
The American Dream is basically opportunity. Every American has the same opportunities, whatever your dream, it is achievable. Ephesians 3:20 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than…
God Bless the USA; where Americans Have a Dream
What’s the American Dream? The American Dream is frequently something that humanity marvels about. They’re so many so many different perspectives of this dream. Significantly, this dream is of stability in all eras. The American Dream is the unity in which lives should be superior, richer, and fuller for all. Each individual of the American society has the fullest viable possibility to accomplish the dream against all odds; however, the work…