Unfortunately, times have changed, and this promise of riches is no longer the norm. Those undocumented immigrants that are lucky enough to make it to the United States are faced with a harsh hit of reality when they realize that the perception they had build of America, with an abundance of jobs, is actually flooded by poverty and an unsteady job market. When faced with the decision to either stay in their countries or try to cross illegally into the United States, many immigrants are presented with the idea that the
The year 1920-1941 was an era of destitution in America. Even if the 1920’s were recognized as period of prosperity and new technology, the poverty that followed was unimaginable. The situation affected all types of people regardless of skin color and social status. When the banking system collapse people stopped spending in fear of loosing everything, because of this business owners had to reduce production as well as workers, as a result many lost their job and suffer in deep poverty. The seen of starving children and desperate parents on a street has become common.
Immigrants arriving in America for their first time are initially devastated at their new lives and realize their “golden lives” were simply fantasies and dreams of an ideal life in America. Immigrants from foreign countries, including those mentioned in Uchida’s Picture Bride, faced countless problems and hardships, including a sense of disillusionment and disappointment. Furthermore, immigrants and picture brides faced racial discrimination not only from white men, but the United States government, as well. Immigrants were plagued with economic hardships lived in deplorable living conditions. Though nearly every immigrant and picture bride who came to America fantasized about an ideal life, they were faced with countless hardships and challenges before becoming accepted American citizens.
Many Irish Catholic immigrants have faced multitudinous challenges throughout their life in Ireland, to moving to North America. Case in point: having rights forbidden and locating employment. They were forced to come to British North America because the living conditions in their home country were so poverty-stricken. Although emigrating to America might signify the start of a new life, it was not uncommon to hear immigrants talk of how their ‘old country’ was better than the new land. Many Irish immigrants were disappointed since they were facing the same issues and even more new struggles from when they lived back at the home land.
In Langston Hughes’ poem “Let America Be America Again,” Hughes speaks so passionately about the failure of the American dream in the 1930's. America has never lived up to the dream of freedom for so many immigrants; these individuals being the true founders of America. Hughes paints a vivid word picture of his disappointment for this dream turn nightmare through his historic allusions, and repetition of his powerful statements. Hughes refers to many event in the past that truly illustrate the short-coming of America in its attempt of a, “land where every man is free” (Line 64), speaking of slavery, gold rush, Great Depression, European settlement, and even the colonies. Hughes speaks about people coming to America; “land of love” (Line 7), “where never [there are] kings connive nor tyrants scheme, that any man be crushed by one above” (Lines 8-9), only to find that it was all just a dream.
During the early 1920s the Great Depression took place. The Great Depression affected many people's lives. The immigrants caught the worst of it. They had just come from another country and were trying to start their new lives when the depression hit. They had to struggle once more with poverty and desperation in taking care of their families, the main reason they had left their old countries was to escape the same epidemic that was now overtaking ?the land of the free?.
These trends depict a scary image of the current condition of the country. In addition to these findings, more data are showing that “…of people born into lower income households, few will ever make it into the middle class” (Hargreaves). This evidence suggest that inequality is threatening the American Dream and is causing it to be elusive for many Americans. The Death of a Salesman has endured the test of time due it’s resounding theme of the American Dream. Regardless of the numerous definitions of the term in the play, each successive generation has been able to relate to the play’s strong and powerful message.
The children easily assimilated into the American culture, with paying job... ... middle of paper ... ... (GML p.1113). While the movement was very large, immigrants and the government could not agree upon their terms and has become a delicate issue to speak about today. Immigration has been an issue that has come up many times over the past centuries, with two sides for each argument: immigration either beneficial or detrimental to the American society. Foreigners, tempted by the siren call of freedom and happiness, came to the United States to find what seemed to be the opposite. Immigrants had to struggle through many challenges to assimilate into the American culture, leaving behind cultures that were once their lives.
Scattered throughout the book, we see several mythological characters that have indeed descended into Hell. On... ... middle of paper ... ...e after all, he is the most sinister. The irony of this situation is compelling once we are told that Satan is in fact the “…soul that suffers the most.” (Canto XXXIV. Line 61). Because of this use of irony, the Inferno causes you to question what we know, or what we think we know in this case.
Abstract Engraved in the Statue of Liberty are these words: “Give me your tired, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door”(Cooper). When the United States was created, it encouraged people of all backgrounds to immigrate. America is known as “a land of hope and opportunity”. Today, immigrating legally to the United States is a life experience that few are fortunate to experience. Many are forced to immigrate illegally.