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The Fall of the Ideal American in American Pastoral

- It is not so much that Philip Roth disagrees with the concept of the American dream; he simply does not wish to buy into the myth of it all. In American Pastoral Roth laments the loss of innocence, as exemplified by both Seymour Levov, the protagonist, and Nathan Zuckerman, the narrator. Both grew up in an idyllic Jewish Newark neighborhood, both being the sons of Jewish parents. The separation of their commonality came at a young age, when Zuckerman began to idolize the golden boy of the neighborhood – Seymour “Swede” Levov, born blond haired and blue eyed, and representing everything that a young, Jewish boy would want in a local hero....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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U.S. Marshall Matt Dillon as the Ideal American

- U.S. Marshall Matt Dillon as the Ideal American The old-west lawman is an American hero and represents the ideals of American society. He is immediately thought of when one contemplates strength of character and other fine qualities. As an irreplaceable part of American tradition, his characteristics are looked upon as a model to all other Americans. Much of what is known about the old-west lawman comes from stories of fiction one of these being the radio program Gunsmoke. Matt Dillon, a U.S. Marshall, plays the lead role in this favorite American radio series....   [tags: American Culture Essays]

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The Nuclear Family is no Longer the American Ideal

- Times have changed; the nuclear family is no longer the American ideal because family needs have changed since the 1950's. This American convention of a mother and father and their two children, were a template of films and early television as a depiction of the American family life. Now seen as archaic and cliché by today’s standards, but the idea is common throughout many of the first world nations in the world. This ideal was a vast departure from the past agrarian and pre industrial families, and was modeled and structured as the ‘American dream’ father working, mother maintaining the household and children molded to be simulacra of the parents....   [tags: My Vision for America]

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Pros and Cons of American Individualism: What Is the Ideal American Citizen?

- ... Being alone and having no one to fall back on. He took this as a chance to find himself and be one with his surroundings. You might think that he lost his mind since he was all alone because in his book “The Raven” he seems to be going insane without his wife. He is depressed and lonely without her. For example in the book he wrote, “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weal and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore” (Poe 467). He takes it to new height trying to be as one without his loved ones....   [tags: cillectivism, individual, group, opinion]

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Embracing the Past: A Difficult Ideal in African American Heritage

- ... Ryder’s actions, was when he said "’Perhaps he's outgrown you, and climbed up in the world where he wouldn't care to have you find him’" (Chesnutt 926). This is truly the struggle for not only Mr. Ryder as the protagonist, but also for many other members of the African American community. As Mr. Ryder has built himself up so high, he would not want to embrace his slavery roots, which includes his slave wife. During the Blue Vein Society event, which he was going to host in order to propose to a young, very prominent lighter colored woman, Mr....   [tags: The Wife of His Youth, The Invisible Man]

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American Society: Ideal versus Real

- “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” is a famous quote from Thomas Jefferson found in the Declaration of Independence. It claims everyone to be equal, and have certain rights that cannot be denied to them. Those are truths that America society has based itself on. The American Dream is derived from the Declaration of Independence in giving the pursuit of happiness through social mobility....   [tags: My Vision for America]

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Masculine Discrepancies on the Frontier: James Fenimore Cooper's Ideal American Man

- Masculine Discrepancies on the Frontier: James Fenimore Cooper's Ideal American Man Within the genre of the frontier novel, great consideration is given to early American ideals of masculinity. According to Aiping Zhang, in his article "The Negotiation of Manhood: James Fenimore Cooper's Ideology of Manhood in The Last of the Mohicans," James Fenimore Cooper was exceedingly interested in developing a new American definition of the ideal man. Zhang writes that "masculinity was always one of the primary issues in [Cooper's] life and his writings as well ....   [tags: Research Papers]

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Ideal Family: Defining the Ideal Family Throughout American History

- The ideal American family was transformed in the 19th century in large part due to the great changes taking place in the American society. Many family groups fit this changing mold while some did not. In this essay I will show how this concept of the ideal American family changed. I will also try to explain which groups of Americans followed this concept and why. The end of the 18th century was a turbulent time in American history. The country had just won its independence from Great Britain and was attempting to find an identity for itself....   [tags: My Vision for America]

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Women's Issue Paper

- Unless you have long legs, a large chest, a small waist, are skinny yet curvy, have beautiful flowing hair, sparkling eyes, makeup that looks airbrushed but also have natural beauty, and impeccable clothing you are lesser, ugly, and not the media’s idea of beautiful. How can anyone live up to those high standards that magazines, television, and the internet are giving us. There are four of five current beautiful women that the media tells us we must look like or we’re not ideal. Media’s portrayal of what a women’s body is supposed to look like is unrealistic and unhealthy for many women, it can lead to lower self-esteem, insane diets, a general notation that if you are not front cover worthy...   [tags: American Women, Ideal Image]

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A Modern Twist on a Traditional American Family Ideal from the 1950's

- ... These roles within the nuclear family are exactly what was depicted in the 1950s. These ideals support that “a woman would be immature ‘if she wants all the advantages of marriage’ but resents doing housework, and a man would be less-than-grown-up if he shirked the bread-winner role” (Ehrenreich 17-18). The threat of being perceived as less mature than other adults is pervasive in the modern advertisement, and carried over from 1950s ideology. This threat creates a subtle pressure in the advertisement that carries 1950s attitudes into modernity....   [tags: gender roles, values, expectations]

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

- The American dream is a constantly repeating topic in American literary works, going once again to a portion of the soonest pilgrim compositions. To quickly characterize, it is the conviction that each man, whatever his beginnings, may seek after and achieve his picked objectives, even if they are political, mental, or social. It is the scholarly representation of the thought of America: the place that is known for chances to succeed. This theme has thought that it was voice in such various men of letters as William Bradford and Walt Whitman....   [tags: Twenties, Satisfaction, Religious theme]

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American Cultural Myths

- The United States and cultural myths pertaining to this country have been a topic of discussion for many years. Stephanie Coontz’s “The Way We Wish We Were”, David Brooks’ “One Nation Slightly Divisible” and Margaret Atwood’s “A Letter to America” are all essays about different American cultural myths. Each author focuses on a different cultural myth that pertains to the United States. They explain how these myths are thwarting a realistic view of America. As well as changing the perception of the country as a whole....   [tags: ideal families, ideal lifestyles, ideal country]

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Kingston's Ideal Life

- In the chapter "White Tigers" from her book The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston first fantasizes of a Chinese woman warrior before switching back to the reality of her American life as a woman. Using her imagination, Kingston dreams of a strong female avenger who manages to satisfy often opposing roles, such as warrior and mother and who receives honor and respect from her family. Yet in her true life, Kingston faces a much different world in which she struggles to fight for her beliefs and encounters disapproval from her parents....   [tags: American Literature]

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What Exactly is the Typical American Family

- For numerous years now, when we think of the typical American family, our thoughts often go to the suburbs. We picture a family with a father, mother and the average 2.5 children. This ideal family most likely has it's roots in the 1950's. After World War II,, there was a significant move from urban and rural areas to the newly formed suburbs. A substantial part of this move can be attributed to the low interest mortgage loans supplied by the GI bill, signed into law in 1944.1 There was also another significant change coming to the American family, the television set....   [tags: ideal family, suburbs, urban areas, millenials]

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Ideal Life vs. Reality through In the Desert by Steven Crane

- Stephen Crane was a realistic, American author. He also wrote little bits of Naturalism and Impressionism. As a child, Crane was constantly sick. In fact, he was so sick that his parents worried he would not make it. After losing four children before Crane was born, Crane’s parents had reason to worry about losing him. Despite his unhealthy nature, Stephen taught himself to read by the age of four. Crane is seen as the most groundbreaking writer of his generation by many modern day authors. A major theme that is seen throughout Stephen Crane’s writing is the sense of ideal life versus reality....   [tags: poem, ideal, reality]

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Fitzgerald Explores the Jefferson´s Ideal of ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ in The Great Gatsby

- The American Dream is said to be realised through hard work and perseverance ; it is ostensibly a reachable goal for anyone who chooses to exercise their ‘inalienable right’ to the ‘pursuit of Happiness.’ This ambiguous phrase, ‘the pursuit of Happiness’ was originally inserted into the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson and is a clear and overriding concern in The Great Gatsby. In the 1920s, when the novel is set, America was experiencing a newfound level of prosperity; the economy was booming and the possibility of gaining wealth became an achievable reality....   [tags: american dream, money, Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Ideal Dancing Body

- ... Today, this ideal body is expected of all dancers. With this ideal being spread around the dance community (audience included), mixed with dancers have to spend multiple hours daily staring at themselves in a mirror, it becomes very easy to compare yourself to others and how you “should” look. A dancer’s uniform consists of skin tight clothing that defines every aspect of your body, though this is for your teacher to correct the way your body is moving, dancers can become very self-aware of how they look....   [tags: anorexia, eating disorder]

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Ideal Society

- Democratic societies are were the people are involved in the decision making of the government and have representation. In Thomas Paine’s Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs, Paine desired for the colonies to go to war against Britain to gain independence, while having the feeling that Britain was exploiting the colonies. Paine explains the disadvantages of the colonies being connected with Britain. In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Divinity School Address he brings forth a moral argument....   [tags: Paine, Emerson, Thoreau]

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Walt Whitman: The American Poet

- Walt Whitman was arguable one of the most influential poets during the Civil War era. Though never directly involved in war, Whitman was able to talk about the war in a more insightful way than many poets at the time could. Whitman was most active in writing during the times before and after the war, choosing to dedicate himself to helping wounded soldiers during the war instead. Walt Whitman’s poetry reflects the progression of his philosophy of America: his initial view of America was uplifting, represented in his Pre-Civil war poems and while the Civil War poetry presents the degradation of American society, Whitman’s final poetry returns to a realistic, optimistic view for America....   [tags: American Literature ]

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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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Roots of American Democracy

- America is a country whose emergence is contributed to many sources. More specifically, the American form of Democracy stretch back beyond the formation of the United States, having origin in ancient Greek thinking, the Enlightenment, as well as the English and their injustice, The United States owes its birth as a country to many areas of influence. The Ancient Greeks were the first to put the power of a nation in the hands of the average citizen, they created the idea of the democratic government, practiced as a direct democracy....   [tags: american government]

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The Ideal Woman

- Ideal Woman In magazines stuffed with models and advertisements, billboards on the highway, and actresses on television, the message of what women should look like is everywhere. Advertising is a powerful force in our culture due to the exposure. The decided presence of these images in effect shapes the image of women today. It is very unfortunate that the media influences American society to the point that it defines the "ideal woman". The "ideal woman" is defined as someone that is thin, young, and beautiful....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Declaration of Independence and the American Ethos

- Imagine traveling from the oppression that seeped from the government in Great Britain during the nineteenth century to a foreign land with the hope of living a better life. This life included “Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (Jefferson, 247). This life would also provide a government that allows the citizens to dictate how they are governed and the people’s opinions are always appreciated. This new government would need to be implemented and a set of ethics would need to be created. This land I am talking about is now considered the United States of America and its foundation for its ethics is the Declaration of Independence....   [tags: American Ethos Essays]

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Double Consciousness and the American Narrative

- The American Narrative includes a number of incidents throughout American history, which have shaped the nation into what it is today. One of the significant issues that emerged was slavery, and the consequent emancipation of the slaves, which brought much confusion regarding the identification of these new citizens and whether they fit into the American Narrative as it stood. In The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B Dubois introduces the concept of double consciousness as “the sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others” (Dubois 3)....   [tags: African American identity]

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The Evolution of the American Dream

- Comparing the perspective of the American dream in the 1920’s to the American Dream in the 1940’s and present day seems to be a repeating cycle. The American dream is always evolving and changing. The American dream for present day is similar to the dream of the 1920’s. An Ideal of the American life is to conform to what our society has determined is success. Money, materialism and status had replaced the teachings of our founding fathers in the 1920’s. A return to family values and hard work found its way back into American’s lives in the 1940’s....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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College as the Pathway to the American Dream

- Achieving the American Dream has been the ideal for people living in the United States for decades. People believed that the way to get there was through hard work, also known as the “Protestant work ethic”. The American Dream can vary depending on the person. Some people think that owning a house with a white picket-fence is the American Dream while others think that it is becoming a celebrity with a lot of money. For the purpose of this paper, the American Dream will be defined as the idea that you can achieve financial stability through hard work, which often means going to college....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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The Decline of the American Dream

- On a brisk September day in 2011, in the commercial district of Manhattan Island, a minute protest in Liberty Square commenced against the fiscal atrocities committed by economic establishments leading to the financial crisis and subsequent economic recession in 2007 and 2008. Over the course of the month, the movement protesting the miscarriage of justice and democracy following the economic catastrophe and the overall inequitable and unfair wealth distribution diffused to over 100 American cities as well as 1,500 cities worldwide....   [tags: American Dream in Decline]

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The History of the American Dream

- The American Dream The American Dream summarizes a belief in opportunity for success in America and much of it was reached in the 1950s. It was the belief that everybody was equal, and everybody had an equal opportunity to have a career, raise a family, and live successful and comfortable lives. It was a dream of equality and free enterprise above all else. The American Dream originated in 1931, during the early days of American settlement, with mostly poor immigrants searching for opportunities....   [tags: US History, Culture, American Society]

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The American Dream: A False Sense of Hope

- In an average day, an American is exposed to over 3000 advertisements, (Kilbourne). Whether they want to admit it or not, they are drawn toward them. A common scheme of the advertisers is to allow the consumer to “picture the new them.” Whether this be a wealthier them, a skinner them, or a prettier them, they gear there product towards every person and want everyone be able to connect with the advertisement and picture the “new them.” American Idol, Nutrisystem, and The Biggest Loser, the lottery, and many other “products” promote that anyone has the chance to be famous, fit, or fortunate....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Income Disparity and the Death of the American Dream

- No other few words in American history are more well-known and iconic than the phrase from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (492). Recognized by some as one of the most eloquent and influential sentences in the history American text, Thomas Jefferson’s words have stuck with us for more than two centuries and we still don’t have a clear definition of what these “unalienable rights” truly mean....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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American Symbolism and Mythology

- Many myths surround some of the founding fathers and important presidents. Some well-known myths are about George Washington, the father of America. Even in elementary schools children are told of the cherry tree, and how Washington admitted saying “Father, I Can Not Tell a Lie; I Cut the Tree."(23) In the story George is a young boy who has a hatchet and starts using it in the garden, eventually cutting down a small cherry tree; and when his father asks about it he admits what he has done wrong instead of lying about it....   [tags: george washington, lincoln, american dream]

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The American Dream Exposed in The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara

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

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American Revolution

- A revolution is defined as being a generally violent attempt by many people to end one rule of governing, and to create their own (Websters Dictionary). The founding of our own independent country is based on such a notion, with our forefathers fighting to gain their freedom from the oppressive rule of Colonial England. With rampant fears of tyranny from a country deemed a super power, the American people were divided in their views of creating their own government, making the definition of a revolution all the more difficult....   [tags: American history, Declaration of Independence]

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Sara Smolinsky and Cultural Pluralism in Jewish-American Culture

- George Schuyler’s article “The Negro Art Hokum” argues that the notion of African-American culture as separate from national American culture is nonsense. To Schuyler, all seemingly distinct elements of African-American culture and artistic endeavors from such are influenced by the dominant white American culture, and therefore, only American. The merit of Schuyler’s argument stems from the fact that it is practically impossible for one culture to exist within the confines of another without absorbing certain characteristics....   [tags: Literature, American Culture]

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Reclaiming the American Dream Through Community Service

- In his essay, “Economy,” Henry David Thoreau argues that luxuries do not provide happiness. More specifically, Thoreau argues that luxuries hinder the development of humans; he says, “Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor” (13). In this passage, Thoreau is suggesting that it is wise not to live a luxurious life....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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Patriotism: American Identity Defined Through Opportunity, Hard Work, and Loyalty

- Scorching heat, pure exhaustion, and constant fear convey the bleak image of war. The definition of war is varied, and “often the proposed definition masks a particular political or philosophical stance” (Moseley). Colonel William Travington portrays his beliefs about the brutality of war through one simple sentence; “You know, it's an ugly business doing one's duty... but just occasionally it's a real pleasure” (“The Patriot”). Our country is home to a diversity of perspectives on what it means to be an American, and the loyalty that comes from this earned title....   [tags: american history]

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The History of the American Bottom

- Two of the nations largest rivers meet in the American Bottom. The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers served as channels of change to the area, bringing outside influences of many different peoples to an Indian-inhabited land. Like the constant flow of the rivers, there was a constant change in the American Bottom. The progress eventually developed the area into a center of economic activity and gateway to the west, but also excluded native and long-time residents. The Illinois Indians long dominated the American Bottom....   [tags: American History]

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Liberal Equality: America Living Up to the Ideal Over Time

- To what extent has the US realized its liberal ideals in practice, both historically and in contemporary times. Not every essence of liberal thought got put into American practice. The founders conceived of universal male suffrage, as long as the males were not slaves, and not women. Race and sex inequality would continue a long way into the future, and are indeed still sorting out today. However, the rights laid down by the founders would later be applied to these “minority” groups, and as such are vital to understand....   [tags: My Vision for America]

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The Ideal Intervention Method for Colleges

- A recent study conducted by the American College Health Association characterized 38.7% males and 26.1% females in college as overweight or obese. (Reed et. al 298) As much alarming a situation it is, it could also raise questions of validity whether college is the actual reason of this situation. Results from a prospective longitudinal study acknowledge this doubt, and suggest that men and women in their first year of college gain weight more rapidly than the average American at the same age. (Holm-Denoma et al....   [tags: nutritional education, health, obesity]

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The Ideal Intervention Method for Colleges

- ... College students also often associate healthy eating only with maintaining an attractive body image. This, though true, is only part of the whole story: nutritious eating not only develops the physical self, but it also aids in inculcating positive attitude. The results, when compared with those of the health-focused courses, reported an increased vegetable consumption and decreased intake of high-fat dairy in contrast to no significant changes in diet of the students in the latter. In yet another study, the in-person intervention was conducted as a single consultation session for each participating student individually....   [tags: weight, obese, college, health, students]

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Conflicting Perspectives of the Ideal Family

- ... (2004),for example, conflict between husband and wife, child abuse and male dominance etc. They also pay less attention on the harmful effects the family may have on the wider society. Unlike the Marxists, the functionalists never consider variations in family life based on class, ethnicity, religion and locality. However according to Willmott and Young, the pre-industrial family tended to be nuclear, not extended as claimed by Parsons with parents and children working together in cottage industries such as weaving....   [tags: sociologists, nuclear, feminism]

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The Powerful Ideal of Freedom

- The Powerful Ideal of Freedom Developed in Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Blood-Burning Moon, by Jean Toomer, and W.E.B DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk Slavery played an overwhelming role throughout the history of the United States. The riches created by the unpaid labor of African Americans helped to guarantee the country’s industrial revolution and succeeding economic strength. Yet, that wealth created incredible political power for slaveholders and their representatives....   [tags: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl]

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The American Dream, the Global Nightmare

- There is no escape. It encompasses every factor of the modern American lifestyle. It all begins with "The American Dream," in which everyone strives to become part of the ideal, the obsession, that supposedly defines how happiness can be obtained. But happiness is not, contrary to the beliefs of the American Dreamers, measured on a checklist including 2.5 kids, 1 dog, 1 cat, quaint house in suburbs, white picket fence, 2 car garage, freshly mowed lawn, etc. That image is a facade over the ever-crumbling ashheaps of our world....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The American Presidency: Evolution in Time

- The American Presidency: Evolution in Time The American Presidency is undoubtedly one of the most widely recognized popular icons throughout the world. Although to most foreigners or those who have never resided in the United States or know little of its history, the executive branch of government may seem to be as dull and unyielding as the rest of the American politics, for those few rare individuals who have taken the time to examine and closely scrutinize this office of the American political system and its recent history, quite the opposite will be said....   [tags: American History Presidents Essays]

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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 Facade

- If the American Dream had to be captured within a frozen image, how would the visualization be conveyed. For the majority of today's society, the image would likely include the traditional father, mother, and child(ren) standing pleasantly beside a moderate two story home, a well kept lawn, and neatly trimmed hedges. In the background of this family portrait, a guarded and welcoming neighborhood would appear, complete with similar home designs and family arrangements lining its streets. In other words, the image of the American Dream resides within the typical American suburb....   [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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Female Body and Media: The Real Secret

- It is virtually impossible to spend a day consuming media without hearing the troubling veracity of the portrayal of the female body by the media. This portrayal influences some females’ self-confidence. Throughout the past century, the ideal body form ranged from the boyish looking flapper girl, to the hourglass, to skinny twiggy, to today’s thin ideal. Thankfully, a new advertising movement embraces the female body in different shapes, colors, and sizes. This development has powerful supporters such as actress Jennifer Lawrence, who is known for refusing to lose weight for roles....   [tags: technology, ideal image, victoria secret]

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The American Renaissance

- In America, the American Renaissance was the period in 1835-1880 in which United States literature came of age as an expression of a national spirit. Literature became one of the most historically significant effects that occurred throughout the time period of the American Renaissance. The American Renaissance is also characterized by renewed national self-confidence new ideas and technologies. Politically and economically, this era coincides with the Gilded Age and the New Imperialism. By the end of the eighteenth century, Enlightenment secularism made profound progress into American thoughts....   [tags: American History]

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Historical Account of African-Americans Seeking the American Dream

- Historical Account of African-Americans Seeking the American Dream The American Dream began as a vision for the men who framed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. These two documents provided the foundation upon which the American Dream was built. The reality of the American Dream translated into a nightmare for the African-Americans who had to overcome slavery in order to achieve the ideal that all men are created equally. Their dream did not become a reality with the signing of the Declaration of Independence; in fact, even after slavery was abolished, there was no concrete date established that mandated that whites and African-Americans...   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Obesity Epidemic in America

- The average American is twenty-three pounds heavier than his or her ideal body weight (Rauh). If you compare "normal" with average, it's not much of a difference to say it's normal to be fat. "For children and for many adults who are overweight, they are starting to look at themselves as the new normal," says obesity expert Robert F. Kushner (Marshall). According to the” Journal of the American Medical Association,” one-third of Americans are obese today, which is a 23% jump from the late 1980s....   [tags: ideal body weight, health risks, food]

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Examining the American Identity

- Examining the American Identity “Americans aren’t idyll daydreamers; they take the initiative.” (Cato.org) In his statement, Edward Hudgins, the director of regulatory studies at the Cato Institute, captures the essence of “Americaness.” Since the publishing of Ben Franklin’s Autobiography in 1790, this definition of Americans as go-getters and self-made-men has become stock. While Franklin’s life story helped define the American identity, the discussion of what an American is began decades before, as can be seen through J....   [tags: USA American Identity Definition Essays]

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The Definition of an American

- Throughout the course of history the definition of the term “American” has changed repeatedly. The changes in the definition of the term between 1865 and 2011 coincide with political, social and economic trends during any specific time during this period. Originally the term “American” was not an inclusive term and even though the Constitution states that all men are created equal, many “Americans” did not practice what they preached. However, it is a common phrase today that America is a “melting pot” where peoples from many different countries and cultures come to live a better life....   [tags: Race in America]

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The American Dream: Too Frequently a Nightmare

- I think that the American Dream is a social ideal based on equality in social, political and economic rights and privileges. The constitution of this country suggests that every person who lives on American soil is free. In the United States’ Declaration of Independence our founding fathers:"…held certain truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." I consider these words to be the foundation of the American Dream....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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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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A Self-Defeating Ideal

- When people dream and strive to meet their goals, it can be a glorious thing. However, when success overshadows their dreams and one becomes obsessed with that success, it can lead to a path of destruction. For some people, achieving the life that matches up with the “American Dream” is that path of destruction. This lifestyle is very evident in the main characters of both “Death of a Salesman,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” Willy Loman and Walter Lee Younger. They’ve dedicated their lives to a self-defeating ideal....   [tags: Movie Review, Film Review]

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My Ideal Society

- Whether or not humans are essentially evil or sympathetic is a question that has long left many philosophers in a state of conflict. Through the evaluation of natural human qualities, many different opinions have been formed. The so called “laws” of the world attempt to define a set of uncertain rules which are to govern society in its most raw form, dictate moral rights and wrongs, and create boundaries. Every single action can be separated into any of these three categories, depending upon the action....   [tags: moral code, society, liberty]

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Should Human Rights be a Global Ideal?

- Should Human Rights be a Global Ideal. The question is asked should human rights be a global ideal. To draw a logical conclusion as to whether human rights should be a global ideal one must thoroughly examine the concepts of human rights. When the concept of human rights is thought of there are various terms that bombard the mind, freedom, liberty, equality, justice and fairness. All these concepts are deemed the epiphany of human rights. By way of definition human rights is defined by the free dictionary by Farlex (2014), as “basic rights that fundamentally and inherently belong to each individual.” To examine, this definition three words attracted attention; fundamentally, inherently and b...   [tags: politics, international policies]

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The Ideal President

- I feel the ideal candidate for President should have strong military knowledge and at least some military experience. I believe he or she should be fair, strong and posses compassion. I support missile defense systems and homeland defense forces incase of an intrusion, but I believe there should be more training, the kind of training that the military have never encountered before. The president elect must be able to delegate power to train and equip troops properly and put them under proper rotations....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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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 Melting Pot is a Really a Stew

- The United States is a nation of, largely, assimilated immigrants that spans back over 200 years. Or at least it used to be. Today an American is an American that retains their cultural identity to their homeland. America is a nation of multiple cultures and races thrown together haphazardly but still one whole. The term salad bowl would seem fitting would it not. We used to be considered a melting pot, a blend of multiple cultures and races that were American. America is a melting pot because we are Americans, not matter where we came from, we are here now in the United States, and that is our culture....   [tags: American Immigration]

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The Development of the American Constitution

- The Articles of Confederation were approved by all the early American states in 1781, but by 1787, it was apparent that the Articles were insufficient for the young nation to operate on. A convention was formed with the priority job being to revise the Articles of Confederation; however, they only concluded that an entire new structure was needed to fulfill the demands of the growing country. The Constitution was then born. The Constitution provided the structure of government and power that was needed to achieve a strong union....   [tags: government, American history, 1787, ]

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The American Family: Then and Now

- What exactly is a family. Some would say it is a father, mother, and possibly children, but is this an outdated definition. With the world adapting and changing at such a high rate, it proves difficult to create definite boundaries for what constitutes a family. As events that are either detrimental or beneficial to society occur, family lives adapt to better suit the current state. The differences in culture, religion and traditions can offer possible explanations for why families are not the same, locally and globally....   [tags: Sociology, American History ]

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How The American Family Has Changed

- American families have changed tremendously over the past years. Families did not only face the change in their status or social behavior; but also faced a change in their lifestyle. Now there are different types of families with different types of norms and values. Families are socially, ethnically and very expressively diverse than ever before (Angier). American family has gone through a huge transformation. This transformation is all about changes in lifestyle and how it functions. We have come extremely far where women are contributing in the paid labor force, divorce rates are high, people are not getting married early or having kids when they get married, and most people are getting...   [tags: The American Family]

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Taoist Reading of Henry James novel, The American

- A Taoist Reading of Henry James' novel, The American Henry James' novel, The American, tells the story of one man's journey in search of the Tao. Or, rather, the qualities of Christopher Newman are the qualities of a student of the Tao, following the teachings of the Sage described in Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. Each time Newman digresses from his path, the lure or object which he desires eventually pushes him back on to it. James's description of Newman as an American incorporates many tenets of the Tao, beginning with the sudden enlightenment on Wall Street that leads to the events in this novel....   [tags: Henry James American Essays]

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The Radical Changes Resulting from the American Revolution

- All of us alive today have grown up learning about the American Revolution. Although it contains the word “revolution” in its name, there are many who don’t consider the American Revolution a real revolution. After considering the definition of a revolution – a radical change of an entire system, usually by war, resulting in a change of the way of life of the people involved – and the American society before and after the American Revolution, it is obvious that those who don’t consider the American Revolution a revolution are mistaken....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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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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Hispanic American Culture Dance

- Hispanic American community are rooted from their origins in Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Spanish speaking countries that have come together and form a culture in the United State of America. The culture is built in different categories; for instance, religion, social custom, health practices their privacy, and birth. They come from a comprehensive familiar culture that has been called the second in America. Because of their pride and affection they feel unsafe to give up their past. Their notoriety in the United State has been their resistance to assimilate; their guarded image of Hispanic-American culture has been the tongue of flame....   [tags: Hispanic, American, Culture, Dancing, ]

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The American Civil War

- In 1861, the United States faced the Civil War which was one of the most costly in history. Hundreds of thousands American lost their lives. Decades before the war, the North and South developed in different directions, and several events took place that led up to bloody war of the nation. It originated from deep divides in economy, society, and politics. The central issue was slavery like the French politician Alexis de Tocqueville had observed, “…almost all the differences which may be noticed between the character of the Americans in the Southern and Northern states have originated in slavery” (Rourk et al, 2009, p....   [tags: American History, Economy]

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The American Civil War

- The Civil War has been viewed as the unavoidable eruption of a conflict that had been simmering for decades between the industrial North and the agricultural South. Roark et al. (p. 507) speak of the two regions’ respective “labor systems,” which in the eyes of both contemporaries were the most salient evidence of two irreconcilable worldviews. Yet the economies of the two regions were complementary to some extent, in terms of the exchange of goods and capital; the Civil War did not arise because of economic competition between the North and South over markets, for instance....   [tags: North, South, American History]

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The Ideal Female and the Oppression of Women

- The Ideal Female and the Oppression of Women By having an impossible ideal female look, society is beating us as women. We have no time to come up in world through politics, business, or any other power related structure because we’re spending all of our time trying to maintain, or achieve this beauty. The ideal woman is ever-changing. Different features and different characteristics are valued at different times and throughout different cultures. And each time the ideals change, or one changes the culture they live in, a woman must change too because if she’s not the ideal beauty, then she is less of a woman....   [tags: Body Image Society]

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The Emptiness of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- Jay Gatsby’s sole purpose in life is to achieve the American Dream: to become a land owner, married to the love of his life, who live in comfort and abundance. However, he never gets everything he wants as his love for Daisy is not as fully reciprocated as he wishes it to be. His dream, and the one Nick pursues as well, are only dreams in the end. The culture of the time only gives empty fulfillment with no real substance. The people, like their dreams, are only illusions of what they want to be....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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Expressions of American Identity

- Throughout our everyday entertainment the identity of an American is defined as being based on the commitment to individual beliefs, ideas and goals, but all are founded upon one American ideal; the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. One form of entertainment that expresses the identity of Americans can be found at the movie theater. Although, there are many different genres such as thriller, inspirational, non-fiction, “chick-flick” they all have a theme or lesson the viewer is supposed to learn....   [tags: America ]

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Osteoarthritis and the Ideal Treatment

- Osteoarthritis and the Ideal Treatment Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is a form of arthritis characterized by the breakdown of cartilage within joints. Cartilage serves to provide cushion at the ends of bones, and when the cushion is not sufficient, as in osteoarthritis, the bones rub together. As a result, osteoarthritis sufferers are constantly plagued by stiff, swollen, and inflamed joints (http://www.arthritis.org/answers/diseasecenter/oa.asp). It is a relatively common condition, with an estimated 20 million American sufferers, most of whom are elderly (http://webmd.lycos.com/content/article/1668.50297)....   [tags: Medicine Health Papers]

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Free Great Gatsby Essays: The Ideal Self – Made Man

- The Great Gatsby and the Ideal Self – Made Man In the same way that the all-embracing concept of the American Dream suffered certain degradation during the course of its historical development, so, too, the noble 19th century ideal of the self-made man was conveniently adapted to suit the moral climate of the 1920s. Referring to Fitzgerald's main character in his novel "The Great Gatsby", the young James Gatz is obviously modeled in this aspect of personality upon Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), who is often quoted as the earliest example of this particular type of "homo americanus"....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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American Constitutional Law

- AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW Civil Liberties The First Amendment of the Constitution, legislation, or common law gives all individuals rights or freedoms. These rights and freedoms allow individuals to think, assemble, worship, petition, and speak without limits or inferences from the government. There is a protective nature to these liberties. There is a broader concept to civil rights. These comprise positive components like the right to use amenities, the right to an equal education, or the right to government participation (Cite, )....   [tags: Civil Liberties, American Constitution, Government]

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Barbie as a Real Woman is Anatomically Impossible

- Millions of girls around the world are dressing their Barbie dolls in skimpy designer outfits and high heel shoes, and slide her slender legs into a bright pink convertible next to her male counterpart, Ken. These same girls will gaze into the mirror, staring at their thighs and hair, and attempt to balance themselves in a pair of their mother’s high heel shoes. They will wonder why they do not look like Barbie. They will wonder today, just as I wondered years ago. As the years of make-believe with the American plastic icon of girlhood nostalgia passed, I discovered Barbie’s hidden effects....   [tags: Female Ideal Image]

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An Almost Perfect Match in The Namesake by Jhumpa Latiri

- ... At first Gogol despised his culture and tried to do everything possible to get away from it. Previous girls Gogol dated were never Indian. He was initially attracted to American girls. The fact that they were completely diverse from his culture is what captured his attention. Dating someone who wasn’t closely related to his culture was an unthinkable thing to do in Bengali society, so it made Gogol’s reason to disobey flourish even more because to him it was exciting and exotic. Very similar to Nikhil, Moushumi also wanted to be as far away as possible with her Bengali roots....   [tags: relationships, ideal, match, marriage]

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Mobs Violence Leading up to the American Revolution

- Mob violence was a persuasive feature of the Revolutionary War in every port city, particularly Boston. These mobs, which were often described as motley crews, were central to protests and ultimately played a dominant role in significant events leading up to the American Revolution. Throughout the years, leading up to the American Revolution, many Americans were growing tired of British rule and thus begun to want to break free from Britain and earn their own independence. Some of these Americans, out of anger, madness, and in defense of their rights, began terrorizing towns, sometimes even to the point of paralysis highlighting grievances and concerns that the common man couldn’t say with...   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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