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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 Today

- What is the American Dream, and who are the people most likely to pursue its often elusive fulfillment. Indeed, the American Dream has come to represent the attainment of myriad of goals that are specific to each individual. While one person might consider a purchased home with a white picket fence her version of the American Dream, another might regard it as the financial ability to operate his own business. Clearly, there is no cut and dried definition of the American Dream as long as any two people hold a different meaning....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream in Literature

- The ideology of the American Dream can be traced back to the flood of immigration in the early twentieth century. Families from European Countries sailed on boats from months to read the great promise America held. They left their home countries and everything they had to lead successful and prosperous lives in the US. Another form of the American Dream arose in the 1950s after the US successfully win World War II. Young men came back to their young wives and had many children, hence the name “baby-boom generation.” Soon Levittowns sprung up around the country, cookie-cutter houses divided by pristine white picket fences, to handle the population increase....   [tags: Essay on the American Dream]

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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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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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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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What is the American Dream?

- The American dream is the idea (often associated with the Protestant work ethic) held by many in the United States of America that through hard work, courage and determination one can achieve prosperity. These were values held by many early European settlers, and have been passed on to subsequent generations. What the American dream has become is a question under constant discussion. THE AMERICAN DREAM TODAY In the 20th century, the American dream had its challenges. The Depression caused widespread hardship during the Twenties and Thirties, and was almost a reverse of the dream for those directly affected....   [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 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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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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The American Dream as Portrayed by Various Authors

- The American Dream can be traced to the Declaration of Independence which states that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed…with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (Jefferson). These doctrines are the foundation of the rights of all citizens in the United States. For over a century these ideas have drawn people from foreign shores to America, the land of opportunity, a place where dreams can be achieved. The very concept of the American dream is built upon the idea that whatever you dream can be made to happen because there are few government barriers place upon the citizens....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream: To Get Rich Quick

- Traditionally, Americans have sought to realize the American dream of success, fame and wealth through thrift and hard work. However, the industrialization of the 19th and 20th centuries began to erode the dream, replacing it with a philosophy of "get rich quick". A variety of seductive but elusive strategies have evolved, and today the three leading ways to instant wealth are large-prize television game shows, big-jackpot state lotteries and compensation lawsuits. In this article, Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, examines why so many Americans are persuaded to seek these easy ways to their dream....   [tags: Essay 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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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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Peter Noyes and The Beginning of the American Dream

- The quest for truth and Justice, for social and economic equality. A place where everyone had a fair change at making it big. America. America. The land of the FREE and the home of the brave, set your sail and travel to the New World of wonder and where your wildest dreams come true. Through the eyes of Peter Noyes you can see a drastic change in America. Within his lifetime the American Dream became real, and the ways of life became a lot better. When Peter left England he left an entire system of rules and regulations unknown to the settlers in the New World....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Dream in Three Historical Films

- In a small, flat world, society exists only within itself. The people preoccupied in their own universe simply cannot fathom a world outside their own. Some historians cite the first gleam of a true "American Dream" didn't surface until the first colonization. However, in three historical films, recreations of very early distinctions in the very first American dreams are exposed for their accuracies and their faults. The spirits that voyaged onward, heading for a land of riches and freedom, had many characteristics in common....   [tags: Essay on the American Dream]

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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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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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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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Maggie's American Dream by James P. Comer

- Maggie's American Dream is Margaret Comer's inspiring biography written by her son James P. Comer. It also doubles as the autobiography of James P. Comer himself. It a great story of a person overcoming obstacles to reach their goals and dreams. Maggie was born in Woodland, Mississippi. Her parents were Jim and Maude. Her father was a sharecropper, even though he was more educated that the man he worked for. He was the leader of the farm, other than the fact that the white owner got all the money....   [tags: Maggie's American Dream]

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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Immigrants and The American Dream

- The "American dream" is different for every person. To some it means financial success, to others it means freedom of expression, while others dream to practice their religion without fear. The "American dream" is a complex concept providing immigrants with the hope of better life. The U.S. government provides the environment and resources for everyone to pursue their dreams. Each year millions of people around the world apply for the Diversity Visa lottery program provided by the U.S. government, however only a few thousand people are lucky enough to come here....   [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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The American Dream: An Essential Part of America

- The American dream is about working hard for what you are trying to achieve. The American dream comes from our past clear down to today and with influences it becomes a superior ambition. Even though the dream grows more throughout time; the dream is stronger and it’s easier to achieve what you want to have in this nation as a dreamer. The American dream has been discussed in literature for more than two centuries in our history. Way earlier in time before anything, our first used way of the American dream was not recognized, yet it was done by the first people in the Americas known as the Puritans....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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The American Dream: Keeping Up With The Joneses

- The American Dream is different for everyone, though it is most commonly associated with success, freedom, and happiness. The concept of the American Dream seems to have dwindled from where it was in the past few generations. It has gone from success, freedom, and happiness to having lots of money and the nicest possessions. It has been said that Americans are no longer trying to keep up with the Joneses, and instead looking at celebrities and the characters they portray in films or on television and therefore expect to have greater, more expensive possessions....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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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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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: More Difficult Now than Ever

- Many people have their own American Dream which has become their driving force and center of their life. However, not everyone can achieve their American Dream; it depends on many factors, such as income inequality, unstable social-welfare system, and different races. Based on the situation, Paul Krugman, the economic teacher at Princeton and the winner of Economics of the Nobel Prize in 2008, Tamara Draut, the director of the Economic Opportunity Program at Demos, and The Economist, a London-based weekly publication that is read by business, political and financial decision makers, all of them state a common point that it is harder and harder for people to achieve the American Dream now....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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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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The American Dream in the Writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald

- F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the most influential writers of modern day society. He holds this title because he wrote about things that drive people's everyday life. He wrote in two different periods that were very significant in the social development of America. These two periods of time symbolized not only the generation that he was writing about, but it also speaks to the present day generation. The first period that he wrote in was called the Jazz Age. The Jazz Age took place in the years between 1920 and 1929....   [tags: Essay on the American Dream]

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

- The early 1920’s were a time when the economy began to soar, and the notion of the American dream began to take effect. The American Dream is the idea that anyone can come from any background and no matter who they are, if they work hard and stay true to themselves, they can achieve their dreams. The Great Gatsby, set in the early twenties, displays that socio-economic power is obtained through inheritance, forming an aristocracy of power and wealth. The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, demonstrates how geography and location dictate where the social-class level of an individual exists permanently in society....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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My American Dream

- I was born and raised in the United States but my family was not born here, they came from an area south of Los Angeles, Mexico. In the border between the United States and Mexico, many immigrants have lost their lives attempting to achieve their promise dream. Many immigrants who cross the border pursue the American Dream. My family was one of the many immigrant families who attempted and fortunately succeeded in crossing over the border. My father’s family originated from Guadalajara, Jalisco, México....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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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: 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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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 in The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise

- Frances Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24th, 1896 in St. Paul Minnesota and died of a heart attack in an apartment in Hollywood on December 21st, 1940. Throughout his career, Fitzgerald wrote many works, traveled the world, and served in the United States Army. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote mostly short stories but became famous because of his novel This Side of Paradise and became even more famous because of The Great Gatsby which was released in 1925. The time period in which Fitzgerald lived played an extensive role in his work....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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Racism and Poverty: Barriers to Achieving the American Dream

- The phrase “The American Dream” is an incredible thing. The promise of that dream has convinced hundreds of millions of people that, as a citizen of this country, you can accomplish anything if you work hard enough. Whether you want to be a doctor, athlete, or even a president, those things should all be within your reach, regardless of your class or race. America is the nation where dreams can come true. Unfortunately, for a large number of people that believe this, this is a concept that does not apply to them....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream ]

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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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I Am Mexican and I Am Pursuing the American Dream

- Many immigrants face the day to day challenge of learning the primary language in a given country, making it a difficult task for them to communicate with other peers. Communication is the main component to our society, in which everyone is forced to learn the new language. The American dream is a journey to accomplish. Immigrants who enter this country come with a dream they want to pursue “the American dream,” by pursuing this dream they’ll overcome all of the obstacles brought upon them or so they believe....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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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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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 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

- This study will define the problem of racism in the falsity of the American Dream as defined in the writings of Alger, Dalton, Jen, Baldwin, and Cisneros. The notion of equality and fairness in the American Dream has often been defined through the false presumption that hard work will allow the individual the reward of fame and fortune. However, racism against minorities, such as Chinese immigrants, is defined in the Chang family’s struggle to join a local white country club in “In the American Society” by Gish Jen....   [tags: Racism, White American, Race, African American]

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`` The American Dream ``

- "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....   [tags: Clint Eastwood, Family, American way, Unforgiven]

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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 American Dream

- In Creating America, Joyce Moser and Ann Watters say, “Perhaps the closest we can come is to say that the American dream represents both what Americans believe themselves entitled to and what they believed themselves capable of. In other words, it is the promise inherited in the idea of America itself.” Here Moser and Watters say there is no clear definition of an “American Dream”, but their interpretation could be the closest there is to one. We feel ourselves entitled to things like life of prosperity....   [tags: United States Declaration of Independence]

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The American Dream

- The American Dream is a concept that has been wielded in American Literature since its beginnings. The ‘American Dream’ ideal follows the life of an ordinary man wanting to achieve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The original goal of the American dream was to pursue freedom and a greater good, but throughout time the goals have shifted to accumulating wealth and high social status. Deplorable moral and social values have evolved from a materialistic pursuit of happiness. In “Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity”, Roland Marchand describes a man that he believed to be the prime example of a 1920’s man....   [tags: loss of moral and social values]

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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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The American Dream

- The American dream is the idea that anyone, regardless of their upbringing and past, has the capability to pursue their desires through hard work and dedication. The idea of a better life has attracted many people from around the world to follow their dreams and create a new life for themselves in the Unites States. The taste of the American dream has become a concept most notably wished for that has attracted many people to flock to the states. In fact, the framework has been around for generations that it might have contributed to the diversity in our country....   [tags: Sociology, Social class, Max Weber, Working class]

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The American Dream

- The American Dream is the idea that everyone is able to prosper and achieve success through a system of equality and hard work. The American Dream is very attainable; at least that is what America would like the general public to believe. America has built this image of a promise land filled with unlimited resources and endless opportunities, which portrays an equal society where almost everyone is guaranteed to succeed. In reality this American Dream promoted by America is a lie for many Americans....   [tags: Social class, Middle class, Upper class]

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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

- Growing up in The United States, people are given this idea of an American Dream. Almost every child is raised to believe they can become and do anything they want to do, if one works hard enough. However, a majority of people believe that there is a separation of class in American society. Gregory Mantsios author of “Class in America-2009” believes that Americans do not exchange thoughts about class division, although most of people are placed in their own set cluster of wealth. Also political officials are trying to get followers by trying to try to appeal to the bulk of the population, or the middle class, in order to get more supporters....   [tags: Social class, Working class, Sociology]

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The American Dream

- Becoming an adult is signified differently in every culture, in America reaching middle class status use to be one way to indicate adulthood. To obtain middle class status one would need to acquiring a job, becoming finically stable, getting a house, and having a family. The “Mood Economy”, self-reliance, and distrust in institutions, as stated in Silva’s Coming Up Short, have reshaped what it means to become an adult. Replacing the traditional white picket fence ideals with new neoliberal ones....   [tags: Social class, Middle class, Working class]

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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 American Dream

- The American dream has changed between the 1950s and 2015 as the industrial revolution changed everyday life for a the 1950s society as households changed due to dual income families were able to live with the luxurious homes and appliances. These ideal ways of living forced upon men and women with crass consumerism ran rampant like the bubonic plague in the fourteenth century. Having generations for people being socialized to be humanistic and greedy and to throw out the community structure of society the extent of social interactions between others is to gloat or gain joy from having more than others....   [tags: Education, Working class, Sociology, 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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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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American Dreams And The American Dream

- American Dream Everyone grows up with the thought of an American dream in mind . Unfortunately that American dream is only limited to the people who are not of color. Sadly the people of color and the american dream don 't match up to well. I feel that this is because it can’t be easily obtained due to improper education and never being given the opportunity to show what they’re made of. Maybe if we weren 't categorized by our living arrangements, or the amount of our wealth, or better yet being presumed as these incompetent animals who aren’t good for nothing....   [tags: Black people, Racism, Colored, White American]

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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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Analysis Of ' The American Dream '

- The American Dream The American dream seems to be as elusive as Big Foot. This country has been founded on the premise that anybody can accomplish what they want as long as they work hard for it. America is rooted in the American Dream many people seem lost trying to find it. When we declared our independence from England, we promised everyone the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In the Constitution the preamble states we are promised the security of liberty. The American dream is different for many people....   [tags: African American, United States]

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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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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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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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