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The Great Gatsby : The American Dream

- The Great Gatsby and the 'American Dream' In Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby the concept of the 'American Dream' appears in two ways. On the one hand Fitzgerald's view and imagination of the American Dream and on the other and, within the plot, Gatsby as the 'possible' personified American Dream come true.<O:P</O:P Francis Scott Fitzgerald practically puts the notion of the American Dream on the same level as 'human dream'. But more remarkable is the fact that Fitzgerald's concept of the American Dream corresponds with the history of America....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The American Dream: Making a Better Life

- The American Dream is a personal thing. Every person’s belief or thought on what the American Dream is different than anybody else’s. There is one noticeable common thread between every conceivable Dream though: the dream is to live a better life socially, monetarily, or contentedly than your parents did. The conflicts at the time helps determine what aspect of life you wish to improve upon, but it will always be the same principal as long as America stands free. Dr. Martin Luther King lived in a time of Racial Segregation....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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My American Dream

- "I have a dream." Martin Luther King was a man with a dream, a man that would later die for that same dream. We all have dreams. No matter how small or how large, we all have them. What are my dreams. Well, my dreams run hand in hand with three of our five themes this year. They are "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," "A Chicken in every Pot; a Car in every Garage" and "To the Beat of a Different Drummer." How do my dreams match these that are what so many desire. One is the struggle to love; two is to be successful in both family and career; three is to follow God....   [tags: Essay on the American Dream]

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The American Dream: The Essence of America

- From the birth of America, to America today, the driving force and the heart of America has always been the “American Dream.” The “American Dream” is a goal for many of people who live in the realms of the Americanized world. I believe that the “American Dream” is controlling my own destiny, becoming successful, and living free. Examples of this dream are things like television, automobiles, supermarkets, malls, Internet, planes, trains, etc. The “American Dream” is success, freedom, and being able to control your own destiny....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream: Success, Happiness, And Money

- I believe that the American Dream today is based on success, happiness, and money. The reason i think this is because the reason people go through all those years of schooling is to become succufal, in return for being successful you make money, and because of money you can get and do the things you want, which in return makes you happy. Happiness is not all money, it also has to do with love. Lets first start off talking aboutnthe success, and money part. American children start school at the tender age of four....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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The American Dream and the Declaration of Independence

- "All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among there are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness". It is in this sentence from the Declaration of Independence, that the idea of the American dream has its roots. The phrase, “the American dream” can mean many different things, but among the most basic interpretation is that America is a land of opportunity and freedom for all who come to it. The idea of the American dream has influenced people to come to America in search of economic opportunities, political choice, and religious freedom....   [tags: American government, USA, ]

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Is The American Dream Still Alive?

- "I think the American Dream says that anything can happen if you work hard enough at it and are persistent, and have some ability. The sky is the limit to what you can build, and what can happen to you and your family" expressed Sanford I. Weill. The American Dream is still alive and obtainable. Many people have a definition of what the American Dream that is obtainable in their minds. People all have unique individual lives. One of the reasons that the American Dream is still alive is that there are so many opportunities everyday....   [tags: american dream, opportunities, college]

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The Great Gatsby : The American Dream

- In The Great Gatsby, one of the predominant themes is the death of thee American dream. In this, F. Scott Fitzgerald is showing how the American dream has become corrupt and that the dream is dead.. The Great Gatsby took place in the roaring twenties. A time when man no longer found happiness in simple pleasures like he did once such as life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is when the first breakdown in the American dream occurred. The idealization of the American dream was over, people took what they were born with for granted and did not miss what the never had....   [tags: essays research papers]

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My American Dream

- First, let's define "American Dream". "American Dream" is what you would consider a "perfect life." It can be full of happiness, money, love, food, cars, whatever you desire, everyone has a different opinion. One person’s American Dream may be totally different from someone else’s, that is what makes us all individuals. My American Dream would include a good job and lots of money, spare time for my family and I, and most importantly, healthiness. It seems that so often the subject of economic standing and wealth, are said synonymously with the phrase "The American Dream"....   [tags: Defining The American Dream]

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American Dream in Let America Be America Again, What is an American, and Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech

-      What is the American Dream. We all have dreams of different kinds. To some people, the American Dream is having all that is available in this life to meet your needs, wants, and desires. To others, it means having a great job, a wonderful family, and a secure future. And maybe to others the American Dream simply means having the opportunity to prove yourself. No matter what your definition of the American Dream is, we all try hard to achieve this one common goal.      In Crevecouer’s, “What is an American” speech he defines America as a democracy where every man has a say in the government; “We have no princes, for whom we toil, starve, and bleed.” It is clear, through his speech, that...   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream is on the Way to Extinction

- ... Instead, the branch refers to opponents as “hostage takers’ and hope to succeed alone. The current administration deploys government officials to perpetrate “pain” on an average American in hopes to blame the opposite party. Also the management has perfected the disciplinary consumption of government by utilizing the IRS to target political opponents to silence them before the last election. The nation also sits on the edge of defeat when our debt is mentioned. The 17 trillion dollar debt is almost double when the President came into office....   [tags: survival, college, tuition]

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The American Dream Defined by Various Authors

- More than half a century ago people from countries all over the world came to America. America at this time was the greatest place to be. You could restart your life, or as it was described as the land of opportunity. This was a place where you were judged by not who your father was, but what you make of your self. Most came for a better life, while some came for political reasons. The older immigrants came from Europe and the newer ones came from Asia. Half of the immigrants settled in cities across the country....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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My American Dream

- It seems that so often the subject of economic standing and wealth, are said synonymously with the phrase "The American Dream". It seems that it takes money to be happy and economic stature to be accepted; however, many people who fall into this trap out of ignorance will never achieve "The American Dream" they strive towards. The cliché, "In America, you can be whatever you want," always brings a smirk to my face. I am not a cynical person, but this just isn't true. If I decided I wanted to be the star of the next Academy Award winning hit, no matter how much I "want" it, it is not guaranteed to happen....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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We All Have the Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream

- Opportunity is defined in Webster's Dictionary as 'A good position, chance or prospect for achievement'; which is easily connected to the idea of The American Dream. After all, isn't America known as 'The land of opportunity';. Most people came to America, and still come for that matter, in search of a better life through hard work and dedication to their cause. In 'Chinaman's Chance: Reflections on the American Dream'; by Eric Liu, it is stated that '...it (the American Dream) does demand the opportunity to achieve progress-and values the opportunity as much as the achievement.'; This statement is imperative because it gives recognition to those who try to reach their goals, even if they ca...   [tags: Opportunity is the American Dream]

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Is the American Dream Still Possible?

- 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....   [tags: american dream, freedom, equality]

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Why I Quit Chasing the American Dream

- "Priorities" is a word that gets forgotten far too often. It's part of a national phenomenon, really. Americans boast about their way of life. We crow about our standard of living. We puff out our chests about being the world's last superpower. We try to force our way of life on others. If they just lived like us, we think, they wouldn't have the problems they do. Americans do have it pretty good, at least compared to the rest of the world. But while we have the material things that make life more comfortable, many of us don't have lives....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream

- "The American Dream" is that dream of a nation in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with options for each according to capacity or accomplishments. It is a dream of social stability in which each man and each woman shall be able to achieve to the fullest distinction of which they are essentially competent, and be distinguish by others for what they are, despite of the incidental conditions of birth or stance. The American Dream is often something that humanity wonders about....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream: The Biggest Lie of All

- The American Dream is referred to by many people as the reason to come to America. It is, or so they say, the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. Unfortunately they are incorrect, there truly is no American Dream, it is all an illusion given to us by our founding fathers as a reason for the inequality in which people are treated. I have lived in this country for 16 years now and have all the patriotic bullshit about how we give everyone equal opportunity and how everyone is equal in the eyes of the law....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Max Weber And The American Dream

-    The American Dream, recognized as being the earning of a college degree, the owning of one 's own home, taking vacations and experiencing upward social mobility, is a very important belief that helped create the success that America is today. Many people believe that anyone who works hard and has determination can achieve this American Dream. In this day and age, experiencing the American Dream is believed to no longer be as available to Americans as it once was. The economy and corporate America have had a strong impact on the availability to reach this state of success....   [tags: Social mobility, Social class, Sociology]

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It's Time For a New American Dream

- The forefathers of our great nation established America with the idea that its citizens would be guaranteed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Well, today we have liberty and are free to pursue happiness. However, what about the quality of our lives. Are we striving for greater material wealth and ignoring moral and social responsibility. I believe we are. The modern American Dream must transcend the previously established boundaries set forth by the founding fathers of our country. We must demand greater integrity from our leaders, more equality for all segments of the population, and a system of healthcare and help for the underprivileged....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream Is Leaving America

- Response Paper : "The American Dream Is Leaving America" Nicholas Kristof, writer of "The American Dream Is Leaving America" asserts his belief that our once great nation which produced some of the greatest scholars, and some of the most revolutionary ideas and documents has begun a slow decline into mediocrity where our educations are concerned. According to Kristof, this downward spiral is a result of the growing gap between social classes. Upper class citizens are able to afford better schooling for their children....   [tags: Education, Higher education, School]

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The Illusion of the American Dream

- People will journey far and wide, traverse the entire continent, suffer all manner of pain and suffering, if they believe that, in the end, they will be rewarded. That is why it comes as no surprise when people from other countries struggle to get to America, believing the ancient tale of "the American Dream", convinced that they will finally make it big in this land of riches. But they find out it is not like that. The American dream is the idea held by many in the United States of America that through hard work, courage and determination one can achieve prosperity....   [tags: The Myth of the American Dream]

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Walter Younger And The American Dream

- Everyone would like to support their family financially and achieve financial success in their lives. Walter Younger is a thirty-five year old, married man who, is a limousine driver and has dreams like each one of us. Walter represents a 1950’s African-American male, who struggles, but tries to secure economic prosperity. Walter Younger has a dream to open a liquor store and he believes that this store will lead his family to The American Dream. A dream is a hope or a wish and Walter Younger, who is the hero and the villain of the play, wants to use Mama’s 10,000 to open up the liquor store....   [tags: Racism, African American, Race]

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American Politics And The American Dream

- ​The classes that I found most interesting were mostly politically based and more on the development of a nation as this has been for long a passion that I have nursed through my life. The classes involved the American political culture, the founding of the nation and the U.S constitution and the federal court system and the judicial system. ​The American political culture is built upon and revolves around the American dream. The American dream is the belief that anyone deserves and aspires to live a netter life than their parents and this is encompasses by the fact that each American aspires to have a nice house, have a car or two, and live better than their friends (Wood, 2011)....   [tags: United States, Separation of powers]

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The American Dream

- The American Dream is composed of the freedom to be whatever you want to be, and do whatever you want to do with your life. Education, above all else, is Key when it comes to your future. However, as the education system is today, it no longer seems a privilege, a wondrous opportunity to succeed and to be what you want to be, now it 's more of an obligation, a punishment. It is without a doubt in my mind that the enactment of this bill will restore the education system into what it is supposed to be, a system meant to educate people for their adult life....   [tags: Education, Learning, Educational psychology]

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Illusion of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman and The Glass Menagerie

- The American Dream is what all Americans strive to achieve. It is the illusion of prosperity and happiness. The American Dream consists of three different elements, money, sex, and power. The plays “Death of a Salesman” and “The Glass Menagerie” are about families who strive to achieve the American Dream. These plays are a lot alike and they have more similarities than differences. In America, money can get you many places in society. In both plays, money plays an essential element. In “The Glass Menagerie,” Amanda is always concerned about Laura getting a job or marrying someone whom can support her....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream vs The American Myth

- After being stuck en route for an enormously long period of time, would you think that the destination had better be worth all the time spent getting there. Many people would say yes. Think about it. If you were on a journey which lasted months, possibly years of your life, you would want to arrive at your destination seeing the same thing you had dreamt of during the trip. What if, when you got there, you discovered that the dream was actually a myth. The American settlers discovered just that....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Reflections On The American Dream

- The video, Novel Reflections on the American Dream, begins by telling the viewer about the aspect of the American Dream. The American Dream is all about possibilities, freedom, and living the life you desire. The first and most memorable written form of the American Dream was in Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography. The video then proceeds to tell about all the novels that have been written about different aspects of different authors’ American Dream experiences, and their search for possibility and freedom....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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The American Dream By Thomas Wolfe

- The term “ The American Dream” has a few meanings, but one of the most popular is “ Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (Declaration of Independence) which is the dream that most Americans strive for. In other terms, The American Dream is the opportunity of the pursuit of freedom, opportunity and joy of needs and wants. As Thomas Wolfe said, “ ...to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, 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” (Wolfe)....   [tags: United States]

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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s American Dream

- Throughout history America has been the arriving place of immigrants searching for a better life. America is perceived as the land were endless opportunities are available. The greatest explanation of the American dream is Martin Luther King, Jr. speech; I Have a Dream. Dr. King speech is more like a testimony of truth, rather than a speech. At the time of his speech African Americans were not free, while the Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal. Dr. King’s movement established the way for the idea that there is an American dream....   [tags: American Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr., ]

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The Fallacy of the American Dream in Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby"

- The Roaring Twenties, The Jazz Age; these were just some of the names for the 1920s. However, all those fancy names do not actually describe the essential motivations of the people in the 1920s. In actuality, the 1920s were an age of conformity, false aspirations due to the American dream, and the obsession with social class statuses. What is the American dream. The simplest version of the American dream is a nice house and family, with the white picket fence in the front yard. For many families this dream came true, but for others, it was not quite possible to achieve....   [tags: American Dream, 1920's, USA, history, Fitzgerald, ]

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The American Dream

- Strike “We walk out of the shadows, quietly walk out of the dark, and strike.” The Maserati super bowl commercial in 2014 was not just trying to sell a product, it was trying to sell an idea as well. There was purpose in every second of this commercial. Throughout the commercial there were many factors that led up to portraying the underlying meaning of the commercial, not just having the product shown. Maserati used people in the commercial, what the people were doing, background noise, the audience being appealed to, and the actual product being shown to help get not only the product across to the audience, but also an idea to go along with the product....   [tags: Audience theory, Audience, Super Bowl, Performance]

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The Great Gatsby - The American Dream

- The statement made by Marius Bewley’s critical essay “Scott Fitzgerald: The Apprentice Fiction”, “Fitzgerald’s ultimate subject is the character of the American Dream in which, in their respective ways, his principle heroes are all trapped.”, can be justified through Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby and his short story “Winter Dreams”. In both pieces of literature, Fitzgerald explores and comments upon Americans and their pursuit of the American Dream through Jay Gatsby and Dexter Green’s pursuit of their “golden girls”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The American Dream Is A Circumstance For The Americans

- The American Dream is a circumstance for the Americans to believe what they can do for their own and take advantage of every opportunity that gave them the chance to fight and live on. Every individual, especially the Americans have different perspective in life, to the point when they will look for a solution on how they are going to approach for the dream that could satisfy them to live comfortably. Despite that, equality has gone missing since the beginning, which made the space dark and every individual blind for peace and coordination....   [tags: Working class, Middle class, Wealth, Social class]

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The American Dream

- In Chicago in 1968 two polar forces would face off during the Democratic Convention. Many notable people and historians have described this event as the colliding of “two different Americas”. It is clear that the country is clearly divided but I believe it is separated into three major factions: a “new” America, and old America, and one that is still deciding where they stand with the two. One America was much more radical in methods and ideas than the other. This was the side that was made up by groups like the SDS, SNCC, YIPPIES, and others....   [tags: Vietnam War, United States, Martin Luther King]

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Who Is The American Dream?

- I am influenced to believe that the American Dream is still present today and continues to be achievable. The American Dream was embodied in important historical events that have positively affected our nation to this day. Without the mention of the American Dream in these articles, no one would posses the concept of how we are supposed to be living as American Citizens. The definition of The American Dream is the idea that every U.S. citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative....   [tags: United States Declaration of Independence]

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The American Dream of Love and The Great Gatsby

- There is a special someone for everyone. Every man (or woman) hears this at least once in their life. They go through life searching for this special someone, sometimes destroying their own lives along the way. It can be a person 3000 miles away, or it can be the next door neighbor. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby has a second chance at the love of his life. As he stands next to the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, the light across the lake that shines her house is now covered by the mist, sealing away his life’s darkness of being alone....   [tags: The American Dream]

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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- The American Dream There is no set definition to be found anywhere of the true meaning of The American Dream. Any hope, dream, or goal which was pursued by anyone in the history of America is on an American Dream.In modern times the accepted dream seems to be 2.5 children, a house with a white picket fence, and a perfect spouse. However, as it is shown through out literature from the early days of America to contemporary times the American Dream is not always so simple a concept. America was originally founded on the dream of freedom.People have freedom to pursue what they want.That is the ideal behind the American Dream....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Black Men And The American Dream

- “We’ve destroyed all hopes of anything like the American dream” (The New Jim Crow). The American dream has portrayed that any one person is able to gain success in America, regardless of their personal background, as long as they are willing to work hard enough to fight for that success. What the American dream does not account for, is the inequalities that occur between those of a different race, gender, religion, ethnicity, and social class. Black men throughout American history have been the victim of the inequalities that taint American society, starting as far back as the 1800s....   [tags: African American, Racism, White American]

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Gatsbys Pursuit Of The American Dream

- Gatsby's Pursuit of the American Dream The Great Gatsby, a novel by Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its impossible goals. The attempt to capture the American Dream is used in many novels. This dream is different for different people; but, in The Great Gatsby, for Jay, the dream is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness. To get this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream; and, in order to do this, he must have wealth and power....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Fallacy of the American Dream

- “The essence of the American dream is the understanding that we are here on this earth and in this land for a higher purpose…Anything that stands in the way of the dream, we must fight. Anything that enhances the dream, we must support.” Steve Forbes could not have said it better. The American Dream is continuing to prosper and flourish since our founding fathers sat together in a room and created a document in which every man may follow. For years the idea of the American Dream has been sturdy, however, as America aged so did the idea of the American Dream....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream ]

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Corruption Of The American Dream

- Taj Dimbo Mrs.Lepre American Literature P.1 12/15/2015 Corruption of the American Dream In The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald the American dream becomes corrupted by the pursuit of money. The American Dream is basically a dream to accomplish your goals but too much money and power can corrupt this dream. Gatsby was motivated to acquire his dream. “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way… and distinguished nothing except a single green light”(20). This quote shows how Gatsby was striving for his goal and trying to accomplish it no matter what the obstacles were....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Corruption]

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What Is the American Dream?

- What is the American dream. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the American Dream as, “An American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and material prosperity.” The American Dream has always encompassed that general idea, but different aspects of it have evolved during specific time periods. The idea of the American dream was first introduced in the late 1800s with the sudden influx of immigrants. For millions of immigrants, America was intended as a harbor to escape from political, religious, and economic troubles....   [tags: prosperity, immigration, perserverance]

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Women : The American Dream

- Female Identity in America The journey through the eyes of an African American who fought for their freedom in the U.S found their way to freedom through living in poverty, and searching the best for their families. Especially the main two roles of the home, the father and mother. Fathers were the hardworking partner who was the breadwinner, decision maker and the women were the stay at home parent who fulfilled the role as a caring mother, a diligent homemaker, and an obedient wife which was an example as part of the “American Dream.” The identity of each role has been recognized as part of the ideal “American Dream” family, which people admired when they came to America....   [tags: African American, Race, Black people]

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The Dream Of The American Dream

- From the old days to today, the source of motivation for the American people was always the American Dream. The American Dream is a goal everybody wants to achieve; many people define the dream as owning a home, two cars, and a secure finance. The basic requirement to achieve the American Dream is hard work and also some patience. Today the prerequisites for enjoying the dream are different; unlike in the previous days, a college degree and experience is often a requirement to have a good paying job, but also having the ability to save money is important in achieving the American Dream....   [tags: Academic degree, University, Bachelor's degree]

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American Dreams : The American Dream

- Since the very first steps taken on American soil people have dreamt of pursuing the American dream. What is the American dream. Many people believe that the American dream shouldn’t be defined in one simple sentence. To some people the American dream means getting a new car and to others a new home, but for many Americans it has a deeper meaning. As we have seen equality has been a struggle from the beginning; but it has led to liberty in other places. The accomplishments that are found today within the United States did not come without struggles....   [tags: United States, White American, Race]

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Dreams : The American Dream

- Dreams inspire us every day. Dreams have no size limit; they can be small or large. Some dreams have multiple definitions, while others do not. The American dream is a dream that has many definitions. In the articles The American Dream, By Our Own Bootsteps, and Long Live the American Dream the authors distinctly define the American dream. This unique dream has not expired. The American dream is still alive because of the immigrants, opportunities, and patriotism in the United States of America....   [tags: United States, Nationalism]

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The American Dream in Of Mice and Men by John Stienbeck

- ... Le's get that place now." "Sure, right now. I gotta. We gotta." And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie's head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger. The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled down again. Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering.” (Steinbeck ___). At this moment in the book is where George and Lennie’s dream ultimately becomes impossible....   [tags: equal, money, achieve, dream]

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What is The American Dream?

- The American Dream can be defined in many different perspectives. A generalization of the american dream can be summed up as, “a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work,” (Wikipedia). This may sound very punctual for an audience that are already of the American background. For foriegners, this definition can also be their dream, just more difficult to obtain....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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The American Dream: Equality and Opportunity for EVERY American

- Unkept promises diminish day by day. What once may have given people ambition and zeal has transformed into a superficial and consumerist ideal. In the nation’s youth, the American Dream was a promise to the people which has failed to impart its values to future generations. This promise traces back to the foundation that “all men are created equal” and Dictionary.com’s first definition defines the American Dream as “the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American.” This is closest to the originally intended meaning of the American Dream which perhaps only a minority of the population still recognizes....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream By Jackie Spinks

- Poverty is the hidden message in the “American Dream” fantasy that everyone wants, it’s something Hollywood portrays very well in movies and TV shows. Everyone sees how the United States is a country of business, big buildings, business men in suits, fashion icons, luxury cars, and big houses. However, what about homelessness, hunger, violence, racism, sexism, why doesn’t anyone tell them that America is going to make you be poor. Many people have to overwrite the concept of being poor and translate into surviving....   [tags: Racism, Race, United States, African American]

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Lima, Ohio and The American Dream

- The majority of my life thus far has taken place within the corporation limits of Lima, Ohio. Like any other community, Lima has its strong points and faults. Lima has a fascinating history which is a source of local pride. It is home to an oil refinery which was for decades the largest in the world as well The Lima Army Tank Plant, which is the only manufacturer of the M1 Abrams tank. Throughout the Cold War, Lima was ranked fifth in the nation for most likely to be attacked by the Soviet Union, because of those two features....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream ]

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The American Dream By Donald Trump

- “The American Dream is still alive out there, and hard work will get you there…It can be done with an idea, hard work and determination” (Rancic). Bill Rancic, an entrepreneur hired by Donald Trump, gave this quote about The American Dream to motivate others to reach the dream. The American Dream is the picture people envision when they move, to or live in, the United States. Whether or not it is reachable, people come from all around attempt to live out this dream. The American Dream is defined as the idea that every U.S....   [tags: United States Declaration of Independence]

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You'll Never Be Rich: The American Dream Is Dead

- As a young girl I was infatuated with the Mary Tyler Moore Show. To me Mary was the epitome of a successful single woman. She showed up in the big city, and her hard work and dedication earned her a great job, respect, and ultimate happiness. The show’s theme song gave me hope that one day, with enough hard work and dedication, I could achieve my dream and eventually achieve my American Dream. Now I’m not so sure. As a college student facing graduation in a year, I’ve lost my faith in the accessibility of the American Dream....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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American Dreams And The American Dream

- From families looking to flee harsh living conditions in their native country to American citizens wishing to escape impoverished conditions through hard work and determination, the “American Dream” is a concept that people throughout the world have aspired to achieve for hundreds of years. Regardless of birthplace or socioeconomic status, the “American Dream” promises success, prosperity and upward mobility to any citizen with ambition and work ethic. Hundreds of millions of American citizens as well as immigrants have flourished in the United States throughout the course of history in a society with a thriving middle-class....   [tags: United States, Working class, Social class]

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The American Dream By Albert Einstein

- Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” by that definition the idea of the american dream is insanity. Americans are stuck in this ludacris cycle with no end in sight, the progress is no longer moving forward but now stagnant. Now with the end of the political campaign and newly elected leader of the free world awaits his turn at the reigns, the aftermath of this election has left America more divided. Americans more than ever are fearful and worried about the future....   [tags: United States, Election, Americas]

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American Dreams And The American Dream

- "The American Dream 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" (Amandeo, Kimberly). The American Dream to me is about fulfilling your dreams and going that extra mile to succeed at what you want. The American Dream is about having the opportunity to do all the activities you wish. The American Dream is about knowing your worth and having hope in something bigger than yourself. It is believing in yourself and having the freedom to do whatever you want....   [tags: United States Declaration of Independence]

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The Truth about The American Dream

- American Dream truth The American dream is something that has been epically built up in the media and in each individual Americans thoughts. To some the American dream is the pursuit of happiness, to others the shallowness of wealth. In the Novel the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and movie Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen, which is based off of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. Characters fall short of their own views of the American dream. One of the characters that falls short of the American Dream is Tom Buchanan....   [tags: Americans, Pursuit of Happiness, Dream]

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The Great Gatsby and the American Dream

- F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby depicts the 1920’s Jazz Age, and how society operates under the influence of the American Dream. Society during this time period consists of huge hopes and dreams for improvement of the self. In The Great Gatsby, the American Dream hides behind a mirage of beauty and splendor, buy in reality the corruption and illusions within this dream entice Americans to become drawn into its web of lies, deceit, and greed. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald strongly criticizes the American Dream (Seschachari 1)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Degradation of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The Jazz age was a convivial time known for innovation, creativity, and women pushing the limits of their new found freedom, but it was also a time of mourning and loss after the end of World War I. The combination of these emotions is what made the roaring twenties so unique, yet unstable. Before the twenties, the American dream had been to earn a stable income and raise a family in the great country that is America, but during the twenties the American dream became much more diminished as people worked for riches and luxuries that only a few could afford....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The Impossible American Dream

- The American Dream is known to be a hope for a better, richer, happier life for all citizens of every class. For almost all Americans, this entails earning a college degree, gaining a good job, buying a house, and starting a family. Although this seems wonderful, a large amount of the American population believes that the Dream has changed immensely because of increased prices in today’s society, the price of tuition being highly unaffordable, as well as the unemployment rate skyrocketing and weaker job growth....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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Gatsby’s Unrealistic American Dream in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The term “American Dream” is defined as an idea which believes that all people have the possibility of prosperity and success. The idea first came from James Adams, a noted American writer and historian. He claimed, “Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability and achievement.” Therefore, the core concepts of the American Dream were closely linked to hard work and opportunity. However, this idea began to lose its value when people started to use unethical methods to become wealthy....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The Dream Of The American Dream

- Dreaming is a big part of all our lives. We all dream to someday do something with our lives. For this reason many people come to America to be better off than they were in their native countries. The American dream is the hope people have coming to America. They hope to be wealthy. They hope for no more struggling. The American dream is well and alive in this day and age and will always be because people will always have the hunger to prosper. The American dream cannot be reached without hope and without hope all is lost....   [tags: Barack Obama, Democratic Party]

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Is The American Dream Dead?

- Is the American Dream dead. People have different views on what the American dream really is. Brandon King questions whether people still believe in the American dream or have they completely lost their desire to achieve the American dream due to the recessions, economic hardships that Americans face. A survey in the 2009 New York Times shows that Americans perception of the American dream isn’t necessarily living large, they would much rather prefer being financially stable and secure for whatever obstacles may present itself in the near future....   [tags: Economic inequality, Distribution of wealth]

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Gran Torino : The American Dream

- The American Dream is the belief that anyone can rise from rags to riches. The movie, Gran Torino, does an excellent job demonstrating the achievement of the American Dream. The movie demonstrates these ideas through Thao Vang Lor, and Walt’s Gran Torino. Thao fulfills the American Dream in the movie and the car serves as a symbol of the dream for both Thao and Walt. Thao is a classic example of a boy being able to rise from unfavorable circumstances toward a future with many opportunities. Gran Torino focuses on the life of Thao as he tries to live a normal life despite being pressured to join a neighborhood gang....   [tags: Gang, Los Angeles, James Truslow Adams]

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Achieving the American Dream

- From the nineteenth century to the present, the United States has been hailed as a “land of opportunity” where individuals could achieve personal, political, religious, and economic freedoms. The image of the “land of opportunity” was true to different degrees for the African-American sharecropper in the postwar South, the immigrant at Ellis Island, and the wealthy capitalist or manager in the period from eighteen-sixty five to nineteen-fourteen with the African-American being at the low end of the rung and the capitalist being at the top....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream By Thomas Paine

- It’s election season. The leaves are falling, the smell of pumpkin spiced lattes are in the air, and politicians are droning on about the American Dream and what it means to be an American. Indeed, the American Dream is a curious thing. It appears to be a viable course for all American citizens, inspiring many to learn and work diligently. Unfortunately for some, achieving the iconic American Dream is impossible. Motivational as it may sometimes be, this concept contains troubling notions regarding American Exceptionalism and who is deserving of the American dream....   [tags: United States, American Revolution, Nationalism]

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The Dream Of The American Dream

- Life is oftentimes viewed as a competition between people to achieve a predetermined idea of success, which, for most in America, is defined as the “American Dream”. The American Dream was initially meant to convey the idea that all men are created equal and each have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Today, this all-inclusive dream of equal opportunity, like many other things, has been commercialized in a way that it now does more than promise equal opportunity; it suggests that hard work guarantees success and wealth....   [tags: Higher education, Education, Community college]

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The Pursuit of the American Dream

- To do what makes oneself happy. The American Dream is represented in many different ways and every person lives and chases a different version of the American Dream. Chris McCandless lived his American dream by walking alone into the wilderness of Alaska. The song written by Toby Keith, “American Soldier”, shows the price some pay for their dreams and ours to come true. Jay Gatsby died trying to acheive his dream and get the girl he loved, but died happy because he had pursued her until his death....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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Our American Dream, Our History, Our Lives

- My great-grandfather moved to this country from Thailand. His lineage situation is a bit confusing considering he is of mixed blood. In those days racism was on a uphill slope, especially in such countries as Taiwan and China, and Japan, that would have been considered blasphemous and it still is today. Today we live in a more enlightened time, being of Taiwanese and Jamaican blood he and his parents were abandoned by his family and outcast among their neighbors. He frequently had to cover his face in cloths and garments just to walk outside....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream

- The American dream to me means, being in a place where I can feel protected by my community and also by my government. To have a stable place to call home, while being able to accomplish my personal goals and to have the opportunity to get the job that I want and to be able to provide a healthy place for my family to grow and to have the same equal rights as everyone else. That is my vision of the American dream. Even though we have achieved the American dream, it has not always been like that, the articles of “the Seneca Falls Declaration” and “the Triangle Shirtwaist fire” reminds us of how everything hasn’t always been like that....   [tags: United States Declaration of Independence]

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The American Dream : The Land Of Opportunity

- What do you think of when you hear about the land of opportunity. For me, the land of opportunity exists in America where a better life is promising and education is achievable. Over the years I’ve heard several stories regarding the hardships that many people have faced in hopes of achieving the American Dream. The American Dream is this ideal lifestyle that many, if not all, want to achieve since it ultimately signifies success. Focusing primarily on education, all races face certain challenges similar to others but at the same time very distinct....   [tags: United States, Race, White American, Racism]

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Failures of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath

- An effortless quote, just a few words put together in a sentence, can often perfectly explain the backbone of some stories. Oscar Wilde's simple, seven worded sentence, "Ambition is the last refuge of failure" perfectly articulates basic ideas of both The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (“Oscar wilde quotes”, 2010). The characters in both books are searching for the figurative Eden of the time, the American Dream. However, in both cases, the characters fall short at achieving the basic ideas of that dream; social development, wealth achievement, and endless opportunity....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream ]

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Dream Or Illusion : The American Dream

- Dream or Illusion Have we ever thought how long our dreams are. Dreams may last minutes to hours until it gets to the end; sometimes dreams have happy ending and sometimes not. The American Dream is everyone’s dream who lives in the United States because it is “the belief that everyone in the US has the chance to be successful and happy if they work hard” ("The American Dream Definition . . ."). In other words, it aims to encourage people to get what they want if they worked hard for it. By following the American Dream, people sacrifice their health, be prisoned with their debts, and never be satisfied with one dream....   [tags: United States, Immigration to the United States]

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Prejudice Destroyed the American Dream

- Years ago, the United States of America was the prime example of prosperity and opportunity. In recent years, in the worst recession since the Great Depression, unemployment and interest rates have skyrocketed. The “American Dream” is an idea that was once a commonly accepted ideology in this country. It has since become only a fallacy. The “American Dream” is no longer an attainable idea, only a fantasy. The “American Dream” is not a true dream that will ever be equally attainable by everyone....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Fighting To Maintain the American Dream

- The American Dream is defined as "An American ideal of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire." As Americans, we strive to live a life where we work to support our families while enjoying the freedom to raise our children as we choose and enjoy quality time with friends and family. Throughout our country's history, we have been through many trying times where these freedoms have been tested and our values have been misled. However, through it all, these events have made us stronger as a nation and taught us what it really means to be American....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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My American Dream

- The American Dream is the idea for any person, no matter race, color, or creed to become wealthy in a society by hard work and dedication. The idea starts when you're a child if you see your parents working and earning a living. The idea absorbs in the child’s head to do good in life, so he can succeed and do the same things as them. It all starts when you are 22 coming out of college. During those four years of college you choice your career and hopefully adept to it. After you graduate the job hunt begins with hundreds of people competing for the same spot and you hope that your number one so you can get the job....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The Pursuit Of The American Dream

- The so-called American Dream can be defined as the belief in the freedom that allows all citizens and US residents to achieve their life goals, enjoy the choice between different lifestyles, have equal access to economic wealth, and pursue shared and beneficial for both the individual and society objectives. The origin of the pursuit of the American Dream can be found in various causes; one of these is the lack of opportunities in their home country, ie, cannot achieve their dreams in their own country....   [tags: United States, Mexico, Mexican American]

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America 's The American Dream

- The American dream is when you reach your goal by work hard each day and not give up. Accorded to Gregory Mantsios in “class in America” he analyzes the American dream by say that the 1 percent don’t care about the American dream, because they have everything they want and the working and middle class are try to achieve the American dream so they can have a successful life. Anyone and everyone living here can achieve the American dream on hard work, determination, and some sacrifice. The working class are try to achieve the American dream....   [tags: Middle class, Working class, Social class, Wage]

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The American Dream Exposed in The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara

- Money constitutes the American Dream, because in America, to be successful in life means being wealthy. We live in an industrialized nation, in which money controls our very own existence. The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara establishes an argument about society’s injustice that entails financial opportunities by revealing the differences in living conditions between upper class and lower class. Another important point Stephen Cruz, a successful business person and a Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, makes in his speech is that the American Dream is getting progressively ambiguous, because the vision of success is being controlled by power and fear which only b...   [tags: the American Dream ]

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