Education In The American Dream

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America is constantly referred to as “a nation of immigrants” because of the high diversity rates. Families from all over the world turn toward the young nation in search for more opportunities for themselves and their children. These individuals cross borders, rivers and even seas in hopes of owning extravagant houses with white picket fences, and enormous yards within a safe neighborhood where their children can grow and receive an education. However, once immigrant families reach the “land of hope and opportunity”, they realized that they have been deceived; many found it difficult to find a decent job with proper wages and had trouble keeping up with their bills. Immigrants are lured into America with promises of a better life; however,…show more content…
“Equality is, for Americans, one of their most cherished values.”(Teen B.) America promises equality and freedom of speech to all that live within the country. However, upon settling in the states people quickly learn that standards for people of different races and nationalities differ. “I knew that I lived in a country in which the aspirations of black people were limited, marked-off”, (Wright 169). Richard, an African American living who lived during the 1950’s, received a poor education and was not exposed many opportunities. African Americans were also looked down upon in society; people believed they were incapable of achieving the same goals as white Americans. For many African Americans at the time, it was especially difficult to achieve the American Dream because they were not given many opportunities and, with society’s cruel ways, they were never really…show more content…
They witnessed, first-hand, that the Dream is shattered. The economy crashed, jobs were unavailable and suffrage was everywhere. “‘Well,’ said George, ‘we 'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we 'll just say the hell with goin ' to work, and we 'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an ' listen to the rain comin ' down on the roof.’"(Steinbeck 98) In Steinbeck’s literary work, Of Mice and Men, the American Dream poses as motivation or something to look forward to during times of hardship, however, in the end, the Dream always slips from ones hand. George Milton and Lenny Small, two lonely men who have no real home, try to restart their lives by buying a small ranch house and living off their land however, the closer they got to their dream, the more complications seemed to occur. In the end, neither man was able to live the American Dream.
“Instead of being the warm center of the world, the Middle West now seemed like the ragged edge of the universe,” (Fitzgerald 6). The American society is frequently glorified as a place where everything is perfect and anything is possible. However, only after moving in do people see the flaws in society. Immigrants are drawn into the country with the promise of free land, opportunity, education and jobs, what they get instead: meager jobs with

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