A lingering question to many of the less fortunate in America pertains to the existence of the so-called “American dream.” Does this American dream exist and is it attainable? The American dream inspires many immigrants move to America, hoping to better their lives and those of their families. However, in the novel, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich’s attempt achieve the American dream deems it not possibly attainable. Likewise, today, in the twenty-first century, the American dream is still not attainable.
The American dream is a term used in a lot of ways. Although research has shown that American dream can’t be attainable by most people, closer examination shows that it can be attainable by the following reasons. As Daniel J. Mitchell stated in New York Times im January 1st, 2015 “The United States is not a perfect country, but the American Dream is still a reality.” By that he meant that even with America’s Grow rate, poverty, unemployment rate in the past years and still going Americans can still chase their American dreams If we look at the history and the definition it shows that infact it is possible to attain it.
As a young child, my dream was to become a man of incredible wealth; a man who could not only provide for his family but a man boldly devoted to his job, a man so happy with no boundaries. Wasn’t this the American Dream? Today, I have the same dream as I did 30 years ago. I am where I want to be, yet I could never have imagined myself here.
What the American Dream means to me is happiness. Being happy and not having to worry about food, shelter, and/or health. To have a healthy life, family, and relationships whether it be friends or family. To me the American Dream is not having a big house, nice car, or expensive clothing because I believe no matter how much material you have it will never bring you true happiness. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it’s all that matters.”
According to politician Leonard Boswell, “The American Dream is one of success, home ownership, college education for one 's children, and hav[ing] a secure job to provide these and other goals.” There are a multitude of people around the world who accept this umbrella definition of money and security being interchangeable with success. And yet, for one of the first times in American history, most parents do not believe that their children are going to be more prosperous than they were (Martin). The American Dream is a concept that can never be easily defined, measured, or calculated. Instead, it morphs to societies changes throughout the generations.
Over the years, a dream that changed the way the world saw the U.S. was created and it is the American Dream. As the years passed and the U.S. was developing the American Dream as well developed or as many say changed. The American Dream is a term that was introduced in 1931 by James Truslow Adams in his book The Epic of America (Kamp 2). The term “American Dream” started with a meaning that was reachable: “a better, richer and happier life for all citizens of every rank”(3). Throughout the years the term`s meaning changed dramatically.
The American Dream America has been a new and hopeful country for over 200 years. People have been coming to America for many reasons such as having a family or owning a business. The American Dream means something different to everyone, they may want to be able to provide for their family or have a better education, everyone is different, so everyone has a different American Dream. One example of someone who has achieved their American Dream is Ellen DeGeneres. She discovered her talents and used them to her advantage.
The American Dream I have always wondered why it’s called the American dream, but recently I realized it’s because you must be asleep to achieve it. Sadly, the American dream is nothing but a dream for most people, for our culture contains too many roadblocks and hurdles that demand to be jumped. Some of these hurdles include social inequality, economic troubles, and the separation of social classes. These three hurdles make achieving the American dream nearly impossible for most people, and because of this, I have deduced that the American dream cannot be achieved by all people.
The True American Dream Is it possible to know how long the American dream has been around? Would it be possible to find the person who started it all those decades ago? The simple truth is that there is no one person that began the dream for greatness, no one person who came up with the idea of making a better life for themselves, and the fact is that the American dream was around long before America came to be. The true American dream does not just belong to Americans, but it is called the “American” dream for a reason. America is the land of the free, where all people can shoot for the stars and dream as big as they would like.
People will always judge each other. It’s a quality that no one can fully control. I have and always will be too short, too tall, too big, too small, and so on to somebody. Finally, in my seventeen years on Earth, I have realized the true key to happiness. I cannot strive for perfection because real girls are not perfect and perfect girls are not real.