Argumentative Essay On The American Dream

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The American dream, an idea spread throughout the world, that coming to the United States would give people ultimate freedom and opportunity for prosperity, and success with hard work. James Truslow Adams once said in his book The Epic of America, “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” Diaz describes life among immigrants from the Dominican Republic and their long struggle of the unsure promise of the American dream and what is to come from it. Immigration is a passionate and never ending topic that is discuss throughout America and the world. When the topic of immigration pops up, racism and poverty are sure to follow into the conversation bringing the once goal of the United States, known as “The American Dream” to a terrifying reality. In the novel we see the main character, who has immigrated to America with his family, struggle in his life with drugs, poverty and his father being absent for most of his life. The stories are spilt up into almost random selection of Yuinor’s life. Though, after reading the book, the reader starts to realize that Diaz is painting a bigger picture of immigration this way. Diaz illustrates what immigration i... ... middle of paper ... ... States. The story “Fiesta, 1980” tells of the family going to welcome their aunt, for finally making it into America. The story though touches the subject of Yuinor’s father missing for many years and him still not really over it. In 'Drown', we see the extent to which a person will go to conform to some societal norms to be a part of a culture. Diaz does a fantastic job in telling the real story of the struggle of immigrants trying to make it in the United States. From what we imagine and think we know to the personal and darker side of immigration. Diaz also portrays the American dream that turns into a nightmare for the Dominican community who believes that America is the only answer to help them out of poverty. Really when the immigrants do end up in America their plan never works out according to their plan but it is all worth it to gain the American Dream.

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