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...ir lives solely on the pursuit of wealth, thousands of other individuals are never able to obtain the true American Dream. The meaning of the American Dream has mutated into a new idea in which only a small percentage of Americans are able to obtain wealth and prosperity through self-indulgence. Theoretically, everyone should be able to go from “rags-to-riches” with equal opportunity. Less influential towns, such as the Valley of Ashes, should properly represent its population and strive for prosperity, because even if the American Dream now has a different meaning, at least everyone will be able to succeed. Though America is thought of as the land of opportunity, history shows almost the exact opposite. If each individual is granted the same freedoms and rights as everyone else, there is almost no way for anyone to fail-- unless they simply do not apply themselves.
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