The American Dream Essays: The American Dream

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The American Dream
Karrington Henson
Northstar School

The American Dream

The United states of America was established for one main purpose, " to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity ( US Constitution). The United States of America has been described many different ways, but the most known description 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..." noted by James Truslow Adams in 1931. America was painted up to be the "perfect
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The two friends George and Lennie dream of their own piece of land with a ranch, so they can "live off the fatta the lan'" and just enjoy a their life. Steinbeck shows how not everyone can achieve the American Dream, and how everyone is not given the same opportunity and rights as everyone else. George and Lennie’s dream of owning a farm would allow them to have a better life for themselves, and it would offer them protection from an inhospitable world, aka the American Dream. Throughout the book, George realizes the impossibility of this dream, sadly proves that the bitter Crooks is right. such paradises of freedom, contentment, and safety are not to be found in this world. With saying this, Steinbeck exposes to readers that the American Dream is just an idea, and that everyone is not given the same chances in…show more content…
Many had heard of the land, America, that was full of opportunities and prosperity. But getting to this land was not easy for immigrants. They had to fight their way into getting on a boats, carrying all of the belongs and family treasures. Thousands of people would cram into the boat just so they would be able to get to the Promised Land. But on the trip there, diseases would be spread around, causing deaths and illness. There was no help for them while on the ship, and if the made it to Ellis Island, they was no help promised. Like Americans today, immigrants had to go through several series of testing. They had to be inspected of health, skill set, and why they were coming to America. Sadly, if they did not met all of the requirements, they would be shipped back to where they came from. Once they passed, immigrants thought they had finally achieved their dream and rights, but little did they know how they would be treated in the near future. They were sent to work in factories where conditions we often un-safe for the workers there. Upton Sinclair work the book, The Jungle, and exposed the horrors of the meat packing industry where many immigrants worked excessive hours for horrible wages. after many years of immigrants having to work in these poor conditions, the work like and factory companies began to improve their safety levels and conditions in their
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