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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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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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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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Asian American Dreams By Helen Zia

- “History repeats itself” In Asian American Dreams, by Helen Zia, discusses the injustices and discrimination the Asian American community has faced throughout many years. (background) Zia elaborates that many Asian Americans faced injustices, and likewise so have other minority cultures faced the same issues. I’m a Hispanic, Guatemalan-Puerto Rican 17 year old girl, although I was born here in America, I don’t like to identify myself as American. I grew up in a hispanic environment. Zia grew up as feeling like a “twinkie” American on the inside but identified as “yellow” on the outside....   [tags: Asian American, United States, Puerto Rico]

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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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Steinbeck's Paradox and Dreams

- The structure of the american paradox is complex. The dreams set through decades upon decades of generations have consumed the americans way of living. this paradox and dream is what we have come to not just base our entire lives around but build are morals, standards, and expectations for overall existence. “Paradox and Dream “ isn't like Steinbecks normal pieces of literature. Steinbeck's “Paradox and Dreams” is a sarcastic and criticism filled outlook on the self made paradox created by americans and based on their way of living....   [tags: American Paradox and Dreams]

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Can You Achieve The American Dreams?

- To Achieve “The American Dreams” People usually do not have a concrete plan for their future, so they do not know what direction they are going to take; it is so difficult for people to set themselves up for success when they have no real support system put in place. They often have negative people around them that will bring them down, too, which will lead to a lack of motivation, and this will set them up for failure, especially when they set goals that are not clear enough or realistic. People are usually not motivated or disciplined enough, use too many excuses, and get overwhelmed by obstacles, causing them to fail....   [tags: Want, Need, Psychology, Emotion]

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The American Of A Land Of Dreams

- In the beginning, the American colonies began as a land of dreams. While many countries sent over hoards of people to colonize the new land, no two colonies were created under the same motivations. Some went out in search for wealth, while others searched for religious freedom. For a variety of reasons, no colony fully achieved the original intentions of its creators. To illustrate how and why this land of dreams failed to perform, I will investigate the colonies Massachusetts and Georgia. Religion, as it still is occasionally to this day, was a cause for division amongst people....   [tags: Puritan, Massachusetts, Thirteen Colonies]

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American Dreams, By Joyce Moser And Ann Watters

- In the chapter entitled, “American Dreams,” In Creating America, Joyce Moser and Ann Watters write: “Perhaps the closest we can come is to say that the American dream represents both what Americans believe themselves entitled to and what we believe themselves capable of. In other words, it is the promise inherent in the idea of America itself. (147)” To understand the logic of Moser and Watters writing one must understand Irony. Irony conveys the opposite of what one expects to happen in a given situation....   [tags: United States, Social class, Personal life]

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An African American's Dreams and “Harlem” by Langston Hughes

- “Harlem” by Langston Hughes is a poem that talks about what happens when we postpones our dreams. The poem is made up of a series of similes and it ends with a metaphor. The objective of the poem is to get us to think about what happens to a dream that is put off, postponed; what happens when we create our very own shelve of dreams. The “dream” refers to a goal in life, not the dreams we have while sleeping, but our deepest desires. There are many ways to understand this poem; it varies from person to person....   [tags: Harlem, Langston Hughes, ]

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Why Is It So Difficult For Achieving The American Dreams?

- Why Is It so Difficult to Achieve “The American Dreams”. People usually do not have a concrete plan for their future, so they do not know what direction they are going to take; it is very difficult for people to set themselves up for success when they have no real support system put in place. They often have negative people around them that will bring them down, too, which will lead to a lack of motivation, and this will set them up for failure, especially when they try to set goals that are not clear enough or realistic....   [tags: Need, Want, Emotion, Psychology]

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The Great Gatsby, the Stock-Market Crash and the Destruction of American Dreams

- The Twenties was a time when people did not care about anything besides having fun. The average person had a job, the economy was flourishing, foreign trade was on the rise and the stock market was booming ("The Crash … and Beyond."). President Hoover said, during his inaugural address, "I have no fears for the future of our country. It is bright with hope" but by the end of 1929 he would regret those inspiring words (Hoover). During a time when people were living the American Dream, few were prepared for or expected the stock market crash and the American nightmare that continued through the 1930s....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The Destructive Nature of the American Dream in F. Scott Fitgerald’s Winter Dreams

- The concept of the American dream has been related to everything from religious freedom to a nice home in the suburbs. It has inspired both deep satisfaction and disillusioned fury. The phrase elicits for most Americans a country where good things can happen. However, for many Americans, the dream is simply unattainable. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Winter Dreams,” Dexter Green, a hardworking young man born into the middle class, becomes wrapped up in his pursuit to obtain wealth and status in his life....   [tags: Literary Analysis of Winter Dreams]

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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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My Pesonal Accomplishments and American Dreams

- Let us think for a moment about what people such as I would like to accomplish and how many accomplishments people can have over a lifetime. Are accomplishments made on matters of physical characteristics or mental characteristics or both. When can you truly decide that an accomplishment is either worthwhile or hardly worth the effort; or is it perceived differently through the eyes of the people reading this essay. One can give a series of examples that would show accomplishments that are honored in the minds of the many, but shunned in the minds of the few, and questions that are shunned in the minds of the many but honored in the minds of the few....   [tags: college, achievement, effort]

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American Dreams and Its Depiction in `of Mice and Men'.

- The phrase `Of Mice and Men', was first used by James Truslow Adams in his book The Epic of America in 1931. "The American Dream is "a dream of a land in which life should be better, richer, fuller and with opportunity for each. It is a dream of social order in which each man and woman should be able to achieve the fullest stature of which they are capable of, and be recognized for what they are, regardless of the circumstances of birth or position." It ideally constitutes life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as stated by America's forefathers in the Declaration of Independence....   [tags: American Literature]

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American Dreams Come True Every Day!

- “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” are the famous words every American hears throughout their lifetime. These words are part of America’s history through the Declaration of Independence, America is the only country where the “pursuit of happiness” is actually guaranteed in writing. What exactly are the “pursuit of happiness,” and the “American Dream?” As defined by most writers, such as Hemmingway, it’s becoming rich young and having the opportunity and will to do what you please with your wealth....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos

- Becoming an accepted member of a country you do not feel is your home is an immaculate task that can be intangible at times. For Nadira and her family, this task proved to be more difficult than they originally thought. For this Bangladeshi family, obtaining citizenship was problematic, but after the September 11th terrorism attacks, it seemed almost impossible. Immigrants come to the United States for many reasons, including religious freedom, a fresh beginning, or tackling the American Dream. Even though it did not feel like home, Nadira, her sister, and her parents wanted to stay here because returning to Bangladesh was not the best option for them....   [tags: american dreams, immigration]

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Immigration During The Gilded Age

-   “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, three common goals immigrants came to America seeking with hopes of the promise to prosper and gain success. However, during the Gilded Age it seemed as though these were attainable only for the select few, while others left the land they knew to spend their lives toiling away in pursuit of the American dream, many never understanding how unattainable it really was. While the Gilded Age was a time of an industrial boom and a growing economy, those working by the sweat of their brow to make the success of this time possible, were not actually ever grasping this wealth, but rather putting right back into the pockets of the wealthy....   [tags: american dreams, factories]

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Comparison of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby and “Winter Dreams”

- The short story of “Winter Dreams” was written around the same time that Fitzgerald was developing ideas for a story to turn into a novel. While The Great Gatsby wasn’t published until 1925, “Winter Dreams” débuted in 1922 and the similarities between the novel and short story were done on purpose. “Winter Dreams” became a short draft which Fitzgerald paralleled The Great Gatsby after, but also differentiated the two in specific ways (“Winter Dreams” 217). The main characters are both men, Jay Gatsby and Dexter Green, who desire for the American dream, not necessarily for themselves, but in order to lure back the women they idealize....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Analysis of The thesis of The Age of Great Dreams by David Farber and American Pastoral by Philip Roth

- Part I: The 1960’s was a radical decade filled with political tensions, social strife, and overall cultural intrigue. The beginning of the decade allowed for the transition from President Eisenhower to President Kennedy, the youngest President to take office, and the first Roman Catholic. The move represented a shift from a Republican to Democratic administration in the Oval Office. Kennedy became a symbol for the young vibrancy of the American populous, as he was quickly accepted by the grand majority....   [tags: 1960s, Decade, Events]

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`` Dreams Deferred `` By Langston Hughes

- The Harlem Renaissance era was the name given to the period of time between the ending of the first World War in 1918 and the middle of the 1930s. During this time African American artists; writers, photographers, musicians, scholars etc., were all venturing into Harlem, NY the center place of art to explore these topics. Among one of these authors was Langston Hughes, who was one of the most notable figures of the Harlem Renaissance era. With his vast array of poetry, he shaped the way that African American people were portrayed in the public eye....   [tags: Harlem Renaissance, African American]

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The Book ' Dreams ' My Father '

- RACIST CONTENT IN THE BOOK, DREAMS FRM MY FATHER: It was very well known to all that Barack Obama associates openly with prominent racists and anti-Semites. He was a very famous man who stood against racicism. Most recently, the National “Jewish” “Democratic” Council invited Alcee Hastings, who was removed from office for perjury and corruption.It led to panel discussion. Obama meanwhile belonged to a racist church that gave a standing ovation to Michael Pfleger’s “There were a whole lot of white people crying,” and he also endorsed the prominent racist and anti-Semite Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (see “Freddy’s Fashion Mart” for examples of Sharpton’s and NAN’s racist and ant...   [tags: African American, Race, White people]

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Hope And Dreams By Langston Hughes

- Hopes and Dreams Langston Hughes was an African American poet, essayist, playwright, and skilled short story wordsmith. He is best known for vocalizing the concerns of his fellow working-class African Americans. Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, a descendant of prominent abolitionists and rose quickly to prominence during the “Harlem Renaissance”. We know Hughes for his extreme versatility and as a productive author who was particularly well known and loved for his folksy humor....   [tags: African American, Langston Hughes, Black people]

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A New Professor At The University Of Your Dreams

- Picture this: You are a new professor at the university of your dreams. You are African American, yet you believe that this will not hinder your success as a professor. You walk into faculty orientation and that’s when it happens: everyone in the room stops what they’re doing to stare at you in awe. You stroll further into the room, contemplating the reason why your presence seems to shock the whole room. Then it hits you. You are 1 of the 2 African Americans in the room. As time rolls on, the stares begin to bother you, and the realization hits that this will most likely be an everyday occurrence....   [tags: University, Academic degree, African American]

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Lucid Dreams. What are the possible benefits of lucid dreaming?

- Introduction Starting from the ancient times human was always interested in strange phenomenon of sleeping and especially in dreams. Dreams were described in different ways. For instance, dreams were explained psychologically like images of sub consciousness and feedback of neural processes in human’s brain. Spiritually, it was described like messages of god (C.S. Lewis, nd). Remarkable that not only human have ability to see dreams but several species of animals (Wilkerson R. 2003). For example, rat’s sleep is almost same as the human’s they have multiple stages of sleep starting from slow wave sleep to REM stage of sleep (Animals have complex dreams, 2001)....   [tags: Psychology, Dreams]

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The Great Gatsby: Money, Power, and the Fulfillment of Dreams

- In The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald money, power, and the fulfillment of dreams is what the story’s about. On the surface the story is about love but underneath it is about the decay of society’s morals and how the American dream is a fantasy, only money and power matter. Money, power, and dreams relate to each other by way of three of the characters in the book, Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom. Gatsby is the dreamer, Daisy cares about money, and Tom desires and needs power. People who have no money dream of money....   [tags: Classic American Literature]

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The Harsh Reality of "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- There often lies a disparity between the idea of something and that something’s reality: the idea seems much brighter than that something itself. This conviction arises in all aspects of one’s life, from politics, to religion, to hobbies, to entertainment, and relationships. F. Scott Fitzgerald examines the harsh reality of such a dilemma in his work “Winter Dreams.” This story follows a self-made, successful man, Dexter, and his inner struggle between the need to attain wealth and success. Ultimately, Dexter is forced to face reality when this desire clashes with his fantasies surrounding Judy Jones, the woman of his pursuit....   [tags: american dream, reality, idealism]

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Dreams and Déjá Vu

- You walk into the house of a new friend. As you scope it out, you realize something a bit strange… You’ve been there before. But not exactly in person. You think about it a little bit, and you then realize that it was in a dream, a dream that perfectly portrayed with every small detail the exact room you’re now standing in. Sound familiar. This is an experience that is not as rare as most people think. For many, these arbitrary feelings of extreme familiarity, known as déjà vu, come through dreams that some say predict the future....   [tags: Dreams]

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Fanatical Dreams in "The Great Gatsby" and "At Chênière Caminada"

- Kate Chopin in At Chênière Caminada and F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby both create protagonists that obsess over their dreams and fantasies. The American Dream is the idea that citizens of every social status can become successful in their life by working hard to achieve a better, richer and happier life. In The Great Gatsby, the protagonist Jay Gatsby was once a troubled young-boy who turned his life around to become a wealthier man, however in the case of Jay Gatsby, money was the only element of the American Dream which he managed to accomplish....   [tags: Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, American dream,]

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`` Dreams `` By Langston Hughes

- Langston Hughes is a well known African American artists. He was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin Missouri. Hughes was a poet, playwright, lyricist, and journalist. His works include poems, novels, plays, and short stories. He also was one of the important figures during the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes was a democrat and anti-fascist. Many of his works reflect his political values. His ideas portray freedom, social change, and equality for African Americans. There are two famous poems by Hughes that show that he specifically wanted African Americans to hold on to their dreams....   [tags: Langston Hughes, African American]

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The Consequences Of Lost Dreams

- The Consequences of Lost Dreams Dreams are apart of human nature. They drive humanity, lead it on, and give the world hope, but the concept of dreams have often become a dream itself to many of African descent. The struggles of African Americans through the years have made goals something of a fantasy and put the focus on human necessities. But what happens when those dream are put away. Many texts throughout the ages such as, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes, and the song Village Ghetto Land by Stevie Wonder show through family relationships, racism, and sacrifice that when people 's dreams are cut off it can cause them to suffer and sometimes...   [tags: African American, Langston Hughes]

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The Heart Of Desi Hoop Dreams

- At the heart of Desi Hoop Dreams lies an interpretation based upon how important intersectional processes are in the making of identities. Three specific intersectional identities deserve emphasis in making this argument from racism, masculinity, and discrimination. These identities can create a tough environment for people trying to fit in with different cultures and backgrounds. In Desi Hoop Dreams, characters Sanjeet and Krush show the difficulties of trying to fit into Atlanta, Georgia with a South Asian background....   [tags: Race, African American, Race, Basketball]

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The Consequences of Misguided Dreams: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- When people think of their dreams, they often include money, success, and material prosperity. The “Great American Dream” is something that many people are familiar with, but it does not have a clear definition. Everyone has their own definition of a dream. People often include freedom, money, or power in them. Although there may be many different definitions for the “Great American Dream” not all of them are noble, or correct. Misguided dreams lead to pain; in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie characters who follow their misconstrued dreams struggle towards happiness....   [tags: great american dream, money]

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Fortitude Throughout American History

- When Americans are faced with the difficulty of making imperative decisions that can affect their country and the lives of others, they become dependent upon fortitude to help them accomplish their hopes and dreams for the future. Fortitude is something that is difficult to appreciate, even though many different societies and people throughout American history have shown fortitude in difficult situations by persevering and overcoming obstacles to achieve their goal. Fortitude is having the courage to face challenges and obstacles and persevering when things get tough; something that Americans have exemplified throughout their entire history....   [tags: hopes and dreams, difficulties]

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Facing the American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald´s The Great Gatsby

- America is based on dreams, from those of its creation to those of today. Yet one Anonymous dared to say, “The American Dream is dead.” That no longer is it possible for one person in America to acquire their dream, whether it be wealth, prosperity, happiness or any goal that with enough determination and ability can be achieved. It is erroneous to believe as such when there is so much left to uncover, build, develop, expand and acquire as shown in books and in life when we see that the future is a blank slate....   [tags: plot, setting, dreams, dire]

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Dreams Deferred in William Faulkner´s The Sound and the Fury and Sandra Sineros The House on Mango Street

- Dreams Deferred Tragedy is an ever present part of life, whether it be illness, inability, death or anything else, it takes its toll on everyone. A very common tragedy found in literature and daily life is the loss of dreams, in Langston Hughes’s poem “A Dream Deferred” Hughes poses the question of what truly happens to a deferred dream: “What happens to a dream deferred. Does it dry up… Or fester like a sore… Does it stink like rotten meat. Or crust and sugar over...Or does it explode?” The outcome of lost dreams differs for each individual and their attitude....   [tags: tragedy, attitude, sterotypes, dreams]

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Dreams of the Lower Class

- In "Bums in the Attic," a chapter from her novel The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros discusses the differences between groups in which the upper class ignores anyone not belonging to the same leisure status. Those belonging to the lower classes however, has had to work to gain success and cannot forget the past in which he struggled. In chasing the American dream, the lower class realizes that the only way to gain true happiness from monetary success, one cannot forget his past and must therefore redefine the traditional attitude of the upper class....   [tags: American Literature]

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Destruction of the American Dream

- Destruction of the American Dream I’ve talked about it in the past, the destruction of the American Dream. Always, there have been papers, writings, and thoughts that quantify a particular section of its ultimate demise, be it due to money, education, or sexuality. Maybe the destruction cannot be viewed as a singular event or cause. Perhaps instead it must be examined as a whole process, the decay and ultimate elimination of a dream. Self destruction, if you will… Mr. Self Destruct In all of us, there is a duality of existence which allows for the American Dream to be within our minds....   [tags: Knowledge Dreams Sociology Essays]

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A Study of Dreams

- Starting from the ancient times human was always interested in strange phenomena of sleeping and most especially in dreams. Dreams were depicted in different ways. For instance, dreams were explained psychologically like images of sub consciousness and feedback of neural processes in human's brain. Spiritually, it was described like messages of god. Remarkable that not only human have the ability to see dreams but several species of animals (Wilkerson R. 2003). For example, rat's sleep is almost the same as the human's; they have multiple stages of sleep starting from slow wave sleep to REM stage of sleep (Animals have complex dreams, 2001)....   [tags: REM Stages, Critical Thinking]

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Dreams and Failures in Arthur Miller´s Death of a Salesman and Thornton Wilder´s Our Town

- Strive not to be of success, but rather to be of value. Albert Einstein Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it. Ralph Marston Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town both explore the fulfillment of life. Emily and Willy Loman fail to take advantage of their lives because they have the wrong priorities and do not take the time appreciate what they already have. Willy focuses solely on achieving his dreams of success as a salesman and helping Biff become a great man, resulting in him ignoring his family, declining status in society, and reality, leading to his demise....   [tags: priorities, dreams, appreciatio, ruin]

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Dreams And Dreams : Dreams

- Dreams What would be considered a weird dream. Would it be realistic or full to the brim with fantasy, like dragons popping out of a toilet. What causes these dreams. Dreams come in many types as well, examples being nightmares, which are often confused with night terrors and lucid dreaming. However what causes these dreams. The science behind dreams has yet to be fully discovered, but humans are able to recognize what causes different types of dreams and their interpretations. Many people dream, but most do not know what they mean and why....   [tags: Sleep, Sleep disorder, Dreaming]

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Dreams And Its Effects On Society

- Dreaming is an experience that has fascinated scientists and people for years. Although research about dreams has been limited in the past, it has improved tremendously in its field of science. There are tremendous individual variations of dreams when we are sleeping. In addition, cultural practices, sleeping arrangements, and general environmental conditions can influence people’s responsiveness to external stimulation during sleep. Since the dawn of our existence, humans have wondered about the nature and significance of dreams....   [tags: Culture, Psychology, Dream interpretation]

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The Great Gatsby - Dreams of Happiness

- Happiness symbolises a form of content, a form of satisfaction that can lead to several types of actions. In the Great Gatsby, happiness is portrayed in unusual forms with different characters, however every single character had some form of a Dream in mind. Fitzgerald juxtaposes his influence of T.S Elliot’s use of Valley of the Ashes showing poverty, decay and lost spiritualism with the rich life style of West Egg as he shows the wealth, parties and liveliness in this Egg. The Egg represents the symbol of birth and life, as well as the fragility of society and mainly the fragility of Dreams....   [tags: fitzgerald, literary analysis]

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The Forgotten Dreams of Langston Hughes

- All Langston Hughes ever wanted was for people to have their dreams accomplished and the motivation to bring change forward. However, Hughes’ dreams almost came tumbling down for speaking out in one of his poems like he typically does. In 1940, Hughes had been investigated by the FBI following the release of his poem “Goodbye Christ”. Numerous accusations had arisen, stating Hughes “…[was a] member of the Communist Party, [ran] for public office, called for a race war, married a white woman, and studied Communism in the U.S.S.R.” (Dyson, p....   [tags: poem, racism, Harlem]

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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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Distant Dreams: An Unrealized Reality

- ... I ain’t much good, but I could cook and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some. How’d that be?’” (58). Because of Candy’s down payment, the dream almost becomes semi-realistic “They fell into a silence. They looked at one another, amazed. This thing they had never really believed in was coming true.”(59). As a result of Curley’s wife’s death, George kills Lennie “thus destroying the dream that could not survive in modern civilization.”(Themes and Construction: of Mice and Men). The dream is so strong in Candy that he pleads with George to have their farm despite Lennie's death....   [tags: Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men]

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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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Unethical Dreams in Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gasby"

- Living the American dream was a goal that most families were attempting to reach. Living the dream included simple things such as being true to your spouse, raising your family with love and earning an honest living. At points, this goal may have seemed out of reach and this is where the lies came in. The blatant disregard for honesty, eventually leading to destruction, can be seen in both literary works, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gasby. Both novels touch upon similar themes regarding the instability and ignorance of the two main characters, Willy Loman and Jay Gatsby....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Lagnston Hughes' Poem Dreams

- Langston Hughes’ poem “Dreams” discusses the value of having goals and aspirations. The poem is relatively short and uses metaphors to express such utter importance of dreams. In the first stanza Hughes’ implies that a life without dreams is useless and may as well not even exist. The whole of a bird’s existence is to be able to use its’ wings to fly, just like a human’s life only has a purpose to exist if there are dreams to give it meaning. The second stanza contains another metaphor about comparing having no dreams to living an empty life....   [tags: literary and content analysis]

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The Power of Dreams

- We go to sleep every night and wake up every morning. I’m sure we can all remember having some sort of dream and wondering about it’s meaning. We can’t really explain what went on in our minds but we still search for some meaning. Some times these dreams bring good sensations, and sometimes bad ones. I’ve heard many things about dreams. My friend once told me about a television show she saw. It was about dreams. I immediately became intrigued because they always amazed me. She told me that there are four stages of sleep....   [tags: Expository Essay, Informative Essay]

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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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African American And Caucasian Cultures

- “Be the change you wish to see in the world…” These are the words of Mahatma Ghandi. The meaning of this quote is expressed through the history of the African American culture. African Americans in the past have gone through the struggle of biased judgements from other races. In order to cope with this, they created groups to help them withstand the foreign pressures such as the Black Panther group. The discrepancy between the African American and Caucasian cultures were very brutal back then, creating many conflicts....   [tags: African American, American Civil War, Race]

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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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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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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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Superficial Dreams

- In reference to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller the American Dream causes corruption, crime and death, because those who believe in the American Dream feel that America owes them a good life and will do whatever it takes to achieve it. The American Dream has been portrayed throughout the past century as having money, a white picket fence and endless possibilities ahead. When this idea came about, people started believing that they were “owed” this type of life and if they were not served the American Dream on a silver platter, other methods of acquiring it would need to occur....   [tags: Literary Themes]

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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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Borders and Dreams by Chris Carger

- Borders and Dreams by Chris Carger In the book Borders and Dreams, Chris Carger shows the readers the hardships of Alejandro, a Spanish-American boy with very little educational background. In her case study of both Alejandro and his family she shows how the limitations of Alejandro, his parents, and an overpopulated school system can make succeeding in an American school nearly impossible. In this paper I will look at all the obstacles that Alejandro faced both before and during his education....   [tags: Racism Spanish Americans Essays]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The American Dream '

- Katelyn Hileman Thesis Rhetoric II 18 April 2016 The American Dream A Raisin in the Sun focuses on the financial struggles of the 1950’s, when hit with a 10,000 dollar life insurance check, each family member had their own idea of what the money should be spent on. The family in the play, Yongers’, are an African American family who live in the 50s. The Youngest’ harbor in the same materialistic dreams as the rest of American society. The Yongers’ have a vision of their own American Dream. The American dream is based solely off of the mind set, if one works hard, one can achieve goals to the highest of its potential....   [tags: African American, A Raisin in the Sun, Race]

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Willy's Wrong Dreams in Death of a Salesman

- “He had all the wrong dreams. All, all, wrong.” Why were these dreams ‘Wrong’; analyse what the ‘right’ dreams would have been. Base your answer entirely on the text. Willy had quite a few ‘wrong’ dreams and they could have turned into ‘right’ dreams if his perception of the American dream was right. Dave Singleman was the man who sowed the false umbrella dream in Willy’s mind. This umbrella dream was the American dream, for all the smaller dreams Willy came up with, started with the pursuit of the American dream....   [tags: arthur miller, Analytical Essay]

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The Impossible American Dream

- The Impossible American Dream in Anzia Yezierska's “America and I,” Uncle and Jayanti from Chitra Divakaruni's “Silver Pavements, Golden Roofs,” and Leon from Fae Myenne Ng's Bone. America has always been characterized as the land of dreams and opportunities. Immigrants entering America took these characterizations to heart. The dreams and aspirations of stable, wealthy, and happy lives in America became known as the “American Dream”. However, the “American Dream” hardly ever turns out like any individuals have anticipated....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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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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Winter Dreams By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Since America was founded, the idea of the American Dream has dominated American Literature. The overall idea of the American Dream is that every United States citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. “Winter Dreams” by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about the realization of the true desire of the American Dream including status, wealth, and ability and the realization it is realistically unattainable. A myth associated with the American Dream is that even the lowest class can acquire the same wealth as the upper-class people....   [tags: Working class, Middle class, Social classes]

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America, A Land of False Hope

- Work hard and stay committed and eventually all of your dreams will come true. This promise is known as part of the American Dream. It is said that with a little bit of hard work and dedication one can end up on the top of the social classes. After all, this is the land of endless opportunity. However, reality is striking most Americans on their way to the top. People are now starting to realize that this land of endless opportunity does have a lot of limitations and setbacks. The majority of these setbacks come from the uneven wealth distribution in America....   [tags: dreams, dedication, wealth]

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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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What Does It Be An American?

- What is it to be an American. Asian Americans have important things that separate both cultures and lifestyles. Typically, most Asians still support the fact that if one strives to do well in school and works hard, it will lead to a future of success but that is not completely true. One should be able to pursue their dreams and not necessarily have to have an education to do so. An American should be able to pursue whatever they want or feel is important and not just the status quo. If someone wanted to have ice cream for breakfast or if someone wanted to have McDonalds everyday then do it....   [tags: Asian American, United States, Public transport]

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California and The American Dream

- Since 1848 to the present, California has had strong periods of representing the American Dream with its egalitarian advances and times of overwhelmingly democratic positions. Also, California was once a place for economic opportunity, attracting people from all over the nation. Since 1990, however, California has witnessed a reverse migration. Once a land of hope and opportunity, California has slowly been turning into a land of despair. California started its statehood unlike any other state before or after it succession....   [tags: engalitarian society, gold rush,american dream]

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The Struggle of Dreams Displayed in the Film Field of Dreams

- The Struggle of Dreams Displayed in the Film Field of Dreams Chasing a dream is an adventure worth taking a risk. Achieving them is just the very beginning to one's happiness. Childhood is spent mostly daydreaming about the future, however, the question is asked, "Will these dreams come true?" To pursue dreams, one requires hope, patience, and effort if they are to be fulfilled. Bette Davis once said, "To fulfill a dream, to allow to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life....   [tags: Papers]

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What Does It Mean For The American Dream?

- What does it mean to be black in America. Does the American dream apply to blacks or is the system structured against that. African Americans in the U.S from a very young age are taught and learn that they are different from their white counter parts. This in turn can go heavily affect how they go about their adult lives and what avenues they pursue and what their definition of American is to them. Now wither that definition is positive of negative is irrelevant it’s just the context that their definition can vastly differ from whites and then even more dived amongst other blacks....   [tags: Black people, African American, Race]

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Chasing the American Dream in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Chasing the American Dream in A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun is a play about an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. This family is going through many struggles, both within the family and financially. The family is awaiting an insurance check. The story focuses on the individual dreams of each family member and what they want to do with the money. The family struggles to mend their family issues along with deciding what they will do with the money....   [tags: african-american, blacks, whites]

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Dreams in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

- Dreams in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Most people have some kind of dream. A dream is something to indulge in, a means of escaping momentarily from the harsh reality of life. The beauty of a dream is that it gives a person a purpose in life. However these dreams are often thwarted by many obstacles along the way, as the characters of John Steinbeck’s “Of mice and Men” discover. This is a novel of defeated hope and the unkind reality of the American Dream. The main characters, George and Lennie are poor migrant workers, condemned to a life of wandering and hard work in which they are never able to reap the fruits of their labour....   [tags: Papers]

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The American Dream in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby

- The American dream was a vision shared by the American people who desired their land to be improved and wealthier for every individual, with the opportunity for everyone in accordance to achievement. The dream is based on every individual working hard to become successful with an abundance of money, a nice house, two children and a high-quality job. In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the American dream symbolizes being free to come and go with the river, not to have restrictions, and to take pleasure in the wide-open Western edge....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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Having Dreams and Dealing with Reality

- Everybody has dreams, and everybody must deal with reality – that is the nature of life. A dream can be defined as something imagined, an ambition or an ideal, and reality is the term assigned to all things real. Humans, by our very nature, are ambitious, ever pursuing our dreams, our deepest desires. It is the very purpose of life to make our goals our aspirations, real. Therefore it is the nature of life to live through reality and to dream. It is fitting, then, that many texts have been composed based on ‘Dreams and Reality’....   [tags: English Literature]

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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- The struggle for financial security and success has always been prominent in the American culture. The idea of the American dream captures the hearts of so many, yet leaves almost all of them enslaved in the endless economic struggle to achieve high status, wealth, and a house with a white picket fence. In Arthur Miller's, Death of a Salesman, we see how difficult it is for Willy Loman and his sons to achieve this so called American dream. In Lorraine Hansberry's, A Raisin in the Sun, she examines an African-American family's struggle to break out of the poverty that is preventing them from achieving some sort of financial stability, or in other words the American dream....   [tags: financial security, american culture]

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Dreams and Nightmares: Where Do They Come From?

- The US National Library of Medicine defines a nightmare as, “a bad dream that brings out strong feelings of fear, terror, distress, or anxiety.” A dream, then, is a series of thoughts or images that happen during the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep. Research has shown that the biggest amount of common adult dreams are in a category known as “pseudonightmarish” dreams, which is essentially any dream of being in trouble or in danger, being alone and/or trapped, something you don’t have control over (like losing your teeth), or facing natural forces....   [tags: psychology during our sleep]

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Dreams in Death of a Salesman.

- Dreams in Death of a Salesman. In this essay I’m going to consider Arthur Miller’s perception of dreams, particularly the American Dream. Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" is a detailed review on the capitalist American society of the 1940s and also on human psychology and how much materialistic success means to us. He uses the misfortunes of a salesman named Willy Loman to illustrate this. Miller introduces the Loman family in a depressing mood (dim lighting is used and shows a house that has "towering, angular shapes" surrounding it and with little furniture)....   [tags: English Literature]

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Dreams on of mice and men

- Dreams, although often cut off are always necessary to keep the hope of people alive to fight against the inadequacies of the economic and social perils of life. Dreams are one of the most freely experienced actions by humans, and still it is the most rigid and unrealistic thought process that is part of our lives. The dream of most American’s at this time period surrounding the book “Of Mice and Men” was only a large cesspool of dying hopes that were kept alive by wishes and aspirations even without success....   [tags: essays research papers]

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American Dream Derailed in The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman

- The American dream originated when immigrants came to America searching for new opportunities and a better life. In the early 1900’s all people could do is dream; however, those dreams gave many different meanings to the phrase “American dream”, and for the most part, wealth and hard work play a very large role in the pursuit of “the dream”. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, and Arthur Miller’s drama, Death of a Salesman, both protagonists, Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman, are convinced that the way to achieve a better life is by living the “American dream”....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Idea of Illusion vs. Reality in Death of a Salesman and Of Mice and Men

- Compare and contrast the ways in which Miller and Steinbeck present the idea of Illusion vs. Reality in Death of a Salesman and Of Mice and Men In Death of a Salesman and Of Mice and Men, Miller and Steinbeck present the idea of Illusion vs. Reality by characterising the main characters – Willy, George and Lennie – as so desperate to fulfil the American Dream, that they become trapped in a vicious cycle and fooled by the illusion of progress. Willy’s obsession with what could have been grows until it begins to poison his family, dragging them into the web of lies he has created, whereas in Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck focuses on how George becomes trapped and destined to blindly follow the ot...   [tags: dreams, progress, hope]

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