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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.
To begin with, King's speech makes reference to the American dream as the extended metaphor of a "cheque with insufficient funds", which refers to the "promise of (...) Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" the government has made but not kept to every United States citizen. It is important to mention that the factors of the promise are also the elements of "a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. ", therefore, it is evident that King's speech was based on it, thus, the tittle of the discourse: "I Have A Dream." Also, The purpose of the cheque metaphor is for people to understand the promise of the American dream in terms that the whole public can understand, as well empathize with the horrible situation of lack of respect towards the african-american back then. Furthermore, in Obama's speech, he makes a reference to "hope for a better day","individual liberty", the restoration of "prosperity", the promotion of "the cause of peace", and equality amongst the citizens of the United States, the past elements are part of the concept of the American dream.
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