American Dream Pursuit

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The Pursuit of “The American Dream” The “American Dream” has always existed as a primary fundamental of American culture. The basis of the “American Dream” is that every US citizen has the right to receive equal opportunity to attain success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative because it is a given right offered for everyone, personal to each individual, and extremely rewarding. The pursuit of the American Dream is chased after by many individuals from numerous diverse backgrounds. Thomas Wolfe once said, "…to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity ….the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him." (Wolfe) The …show more content…

I believe that every US citizen has the opportunity to achieve “The American Dream”, however I am not fully convinced that we all receive an “equal” chance. Many individuals argue that the American dream no longer exist in today’s society, however I disagree. America is overflowing with potential and I believe that much of that potential is being put to waste because of the way society perceives the youth of our nation. Henry Giroux once stated in an interview that, “there 's a war being waged against young people like we 've never seen before - particularly young people who are marginalized by class and race.” (Giroux) I believe that Giroux made a strong point in his statement concerning the young generation of today’s society. In my opinion, the government should make it a top priority to invest in the youth of our country in order to maximize their potential. The American Dream can be anything you set your mind to, which makes it personal to each and every …show more content…

In twenty years, I envision myself living the American dream. I plan on having a steady job, a nice house, and a loving family to spend time with. I believe that it is very essential that I am surrounded by individuals who encourage me to better myself. Self-improvement is one of the most important factors that will direct me to live my American Dream. I know that I will make several mistakes along the way, however learning from those mistakes will mold me into the man I desire to become. Success does not come without failures, the life of Abraham Lincoln is a great example of how success can result from multiple failures. Lincoln was defeated numerous times along his political career, however, he never gave up and eventually won the Presidential Election of 1860. Michael Jordan is another great example of someone who is living the American dream. He was unable to make the basketball team his sophomore year of high school as he was considered “too short” for his position. Jordan could have easily given up, yet his hard work and determination lead to him being arguably the greatest NBA player of all time. The pursuit of the American Dream is an interesting topic to look into. It is the concept that all U.S. citizens have the right to receive equal opportunity to accomplish success and fortune through hard work, determination, and initiative. We as Americans must continue

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