Success and Prosperity, two words that define the American Dream that every U.S Citizen would like to achieve. But, is this Dream alive and available for everyone? In the article “Hillbilly Elegy”, and the book Scratch Beginnings both discuss how the American Dream could be accomplishable for certain people. Many do believe that it is possible for anyone to reach this dream because there is a variety of government programs that are willing to help the low income families or individuals who need an extra push. There are also multiple citizens that need help but do not qualify for certain programs based on their families income.
Before I read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, I associated a love for money as greediness and materialism. “The words ‘to make money’ hold the essence of human morality.” This statement has changed my view of money and it’s impact on society. In Rand’s book, a character by the name of Francisco d’Anconia gives a speech on the virtue of wealth after being called out for being a depraved product of money. He is scorned for his profits through the downfall of his competitors, but then ultimately talks about the problems his own company faces.
The American Dream is a concept that we have created which illustrates a perfect life. Growing up, we are taught that we can be anything we dream of as long as we put our mind to it. We view ourselves and our country as the best, since we believe that we can achieve any goal with effort and perseverance. As stated in John Steinbeck’s “Paradox and Dream,” we are strong believers of our beliefs and “seem to be in a state of turmoil all the time, both physically and mentally”. We have made it appear as if the American Dream can be achieved as we are diligent, well inherited individuals that could make anything possible as long as we have the mentality and commitment to accomplish it.
We’ve all been down on our luck before, but some are dealt a worse hand than others. Usually in these situations no one is to blame, and yet this mode of thinking doesn’t seem to extend to the homeless: a person becomes homeless due to their poor decisions. But why do we blame homeless people for being homeless? Negative stereotypes regarding homelessness are pervasive in our culture. In today’s society, it is too easy to look down upon those who’ve lost their houses and livelihoods.
Can a person be brave enough to change the status quo of doing things? In Senator William Fulbright’s work, “Arrogance of Power, 1966,” he tried to show that he is brave enough to implement change. He is also successful in delivering his message to the masses. His use of words, phrases, and emotion were combined into a work with an effective structure and meaning. Fulbright’s use of emotion was used effectively in trying to persuade people that there are alternative methods to achieve change by not getting involved in foreign conflicts and being an example to the world.
Many may argue the fact that being Puritan is inconvenient; however there are many beneficial aspects of the Puritan lifestyle consisting of having the same mentality in their communities, and having a strict moral code. Puritan belief was strong during the 1600s, attracting hundreds of members across Europe and the United States of America. Being a Puritan meant that they all shared the same mentality as other members. All Puritans believed that being a hard worker pays off in the end. Another moral concept I agree with that is in their strict moral code is that other religious views aren’t to be tolerated.
The Slightly Arrogant Describing and Somewhat Arrogant Defining of Arrogance Everyone has seen or been around an arrogant person at least once in their lives. Whether it was the one boy that thought he was the best dodgeball player to grace the sport in elementary school, or the girl who thought that she was better than everyone because she was fortunate enough to own an American Girl doll. Regardless of the pretense, everyone has been exposed to the disease that is arrogance. Arrogance is the child of pride that has been coddled for too long before it became a monster that nobody could defeat.
Who said that life was easy? Sometimes, -almost all times- life pushes us to the limit and presents itself with many challenges. But what do we do when we are faced with a new challenge? Some people might take challenges as if they were just burdens in life -behaving negatively about them- while others tend to consider these experiences as if they were the way of pushing themselves to the limit. They probably seek to transcend themselves and become better persons.
All Americans have an equal opportunity to achieve their American dream. The American Dream is different for everyone. For some it means a house to call your own, a family, and peace of mind. For others, it means money and a fancy car. No matter what your definition of the American dream is you can obtain it with hard work, getting the proper education, and making the best of the situation that you are presented.
Social Media. We usually think of it as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc. Many find this as a good way to share special moments, or a way to share ideas or find them. At least one of you has a social media account, I know that. But the intriguing question to all of us is how much time do we spend on it?
The poem “America” by Tony Hoagland dramatizes the conflict of life in America today. To many, poetry is a confusing group of words, but if the reader looks underneath the surface there is usually a deep hidden meaning of those words. In “America” the speaker is turning the words into metaphors to show the corrupted way of life Americans live. He uses key images in these metaphors to get the reader thinking. A key image is a word or phrase that doesn’t necessarily mean the literal object but instead shows characteristics of an unsaid object or idea.