Analysis Of The American Dream By James Truslow Adams

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In regards to the American Dream in America, US citizens hold their dreams near and dear to their hearts, but neglect to advocate for the dreams of their fellow Americans. In an excerpt from writer James Truslow Adams, he articulates his thoughts on the American dream, he states: 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. It is a difficult dream for the European upper class to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. In relationship to Hansberry’s work, this is most represented through the character of Karl Lindner, the neighborhood council for improvement representative of the Youngers future home and community. His visit to the youngers provided nothing short of a demonstration of bigotry and insult. He explains to them that the neighborhood is full of honest and working class people that fear that their community will result in unrest by the Youngers presence. He approaches them with contradictory statements, such as “Anybody can see that you are a nice family of folks, hardworking and honest i’m sure”(117), then goes on to say, Well-you see our community is made up of people who’ve worked hard as the dickens for years to build up that little’ve got to admit that a man, right or wrong, has the right to want to have the neighborhood he lives in a certain kind of way. And at the moment the overwhelming
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