Over the decades, many people have migrated to the United States of America seeking freedom and the opportunity to achieve a better life that is otherwise unachievable in their motherland. These desires and actions morphed into the American Dream we know today. The American Dream is the search for good fortune and success that motivates people to test their own limits and endure in order to lead accomplished lives and achieve whichever goals they set. The American Dream is a reality; every United States citizen has the chance to achieve no matter what prejudices they face, depending on their determination and luck. The American Dream is a controversial subject when considering what it actually means and whether or not it still lives.
The American Revolutionary Period was a time of extreme progress. During this time period the Rationalist movement erupted, sparking American interest in intelligence, exploration, and creativity. These kinds of advancements in society were only made possible by the Declaration of Independence. Without the freedom produced by the Declaration, the American Dream of upward mobility would not be possible. This dream of upward mobility was exemplified in the lives of both ordinary people and influential leaders of the time like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine.
Everyone living here has a different opinion on what the American dream is and most won't fulfill it to its potential, but this place that we get to call home has allowed for many great things to happen, and this land is not done yet supplying inspiration and happiness. “Americans have so far put up with inequality because they felt they could change their status. They didn't mind others being rich, as long as they had a path to move up as well. The American Dream is all about social mobility in a sense - the idea that anyone can make it.” ~Fareed Zakaria
"The American Dream” can be considered to mean the American way of life but it isn’t easy to obtain. The American Dream always has something to do with a person’s individualism, which is the habit of being independent and self-reliant. To obtain the “American Dream" all Americans have to work hard and together. "The American Dream" is supposed to be for Americans, regardless of social groups. So many people have stopped putting their trust into “the American Dream” because they work so hard and did not reach what they had worked so hard for.
While one focuses in on how we as Americans had a huge hand in the current crisis of our “hidden” reality, the other focuses in on the government’s hand in this affair as to cause him to actually question is the American Dream really over? Bob Herbert was a columnist that wrote for the New York ... ... middle of paper ... ... shining, his golden opportunity…the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him…”(qtd.in The American Dream). A person who “manages” to achieve his or her version of the American Dream is often said to be “living the dream”. However this concept has been subjected to great criticism because some people that the social structure of the U.S. prevents such an idealistic goal for everyone. May critics often allude to various examples of inequality rooted in class, race, ethnicity, and religion, which suggests that the American Dream is not attainable to everyone.
We are free because many people got tired of being followers of a country that only pushed them around and treated them like they were an insignificant nuisance, only in the New Land for Britain’s benefit. In The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson writes that they would not be forced to stay in the shadow that Britain had cast on them for so long (448-49). He expresses the beliefs of countless others when he ta... ... middle of paper ... ...come together for the greater good and proved that America is not a force to be reckoned with. An American is a leader, someone who is born blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world. An American is someone who can get the job done when it needs to be done without complaint, like so many others did to mold this country.
Since this great country was first established many intuitive minds have tried to answer the question; "What is an American". This country is full of individuals of many backgrounds, and diversities and each person has a different opinion on this question. In my opinion, an American is someone who values freedom and equality and pursues the "American dream." Every American exercises these rights and these are great adjectives to describe our country. Each of the seven readings, and the one image I compiled help mold this broader definition into a more precise description of an American.
The entitlement people believe to have is a result of the promises America has made. In Class I n America by Gregory Mantsios writes, “The united states is fundamentally a classless society. Class distinctions are largely irrelevant today…” he is stating that people in America have adapted to believe that differences in classes don’t exist anymore because all Americans are equal when living in America because we have advanced as a nation and no longer believe old ways. He also writes, “Everyone has an equal chance to succeed. Success in the united states requires no more than hard work, sacrifice and perseverance.” This statement displays that America has entitled people to equal opportunity and they don’t have to worry as long as they try their best.
The American Dream is known as the reason of many Americans to wake up every day and strive to better themselves.” “It is the idea of the self-made man being successful; which involves self-invention, freedom, possibilities, and the value of hard work” (“Novel Reflections,” 2007, Segment 1). The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a movie that depicts this reality, in its characters. The movie shows the corruption of the American Dream by the life its characters lead. Religion is absent in the novel, creating a sense of self entitlement to its characters. Since they have no God to look up to, they feel as if they are immortal.
The identity of one’s nation is what makes that nation unique. American Identity has no set of unique traits because every nation influences America is some way. That is why America is called the “Big Melting Pot”. There were many American writers that tried to make a sense of American Identity. Washington Irving was one of these authors.