Is the American Dream Still Possible?

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The American Dream is so important to our country and especially for our generation to take seriously. The American Dream is the opportunity to reach the goals one sets for themselves. It is about having your dream job and life you have always fantasized about. The dream is also about having freedom and equality. The American Dream was much easier to attain a few decades ago compared to today. However, it is still possible. The economy was better fifty years ago than it is today. People are in greater debt now and the United States is in higher debt than it was fifty years ago. The American Dream is still possible despite the lack of improvement within social mobility in American society over the past years. The American dream is achievable by being able to live a middle-class lifestyle and that lifestyle is obtainable through hard work and perseverance, even in light of obstacles such as racism. “The American Dream is still achievable, however, the good news is that people at the bottom are just as likely to move up the income ladder today as they were 50 years ago” (O’Brien 1). The ability to attain the American Dream is hindered by race, the middle class, and giving up facing adversity.
First, racism still plays a big factor in today’s society as it did fifty years ago. Some might say that everyone has equal opportunity, but some people in America will never see that blacks and whites are equal. Humans have the tendency to judge what is on the outside before seeing who the person really is. The South is the main area where the darker colors mean there is less opportunity and lighter colors mean that there’s more. In today’s society the ability to attain the American Dream is heavily influenced by race. While it is still p...

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...ucture shouldn’t determine how successful you are going to be in life but it is within yourself to determine if you will reach your American Dream.
The American Dream is achievable through hard work and dedication. Yes, some people have to deal with racial issues that can stop them from reaching their goal. Others are practically born into their dream. Why is the middle class so important? If there were no middle class, then it would be impossible for the poor to reach the goals they set for themselves.

Works Cited

O'Brien, Matthew. "Why is the American Dream Dead in the South?" The Atlantic (Jan. 26, 2014). . Web
Wayne Reynolds. Oprah Winfrey Biography. The Academy of Achievement (Nov. 11, 2011). . Web
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