Jon Meacham’s, Keeping the Dream Alive(2012), claims that at the time America was not that appreciated and was trying to improve and spread what they call the American Dream. The author develops his theory by introducing John Updike’s book called Rabbit Redux and how Rabbit tries to clamps the freedom of this country, explaining how back then in the 19th and 20th century they would almost never talk about Chinese, Russian or the French dream and now the subject is much more open and how many people believe that the american Dream is to be able to have a good job. Meacham’s point in this section is that times have changed and in order to acomplish this more people had too mention other sorts of “American Dreams” which does signify how most people
In America, everything ranging from the clothes we wear to the hobbies we enjoy, all seem to revolve around money. The American Dream to me, is to be an American citizen, but also make a lot of money. In America, one has the ability to make more money than imaginable, all it takes is a little hard work. The American Dream is still very much accomplishable, but in modern America today, it is much more difficult to achieve than it used to be.
The American Dream is still alive and available to everyone today, although it is different for everyone. The American Dream is what each individual believes it to be and does not have a set definition, it is whatever the person believes it to be and it still possible for everyone. America still provides access to opportunity for everyone from the people who are born in poverty to the people that are born into wealth. While lately there has been much debate over whether the American Dream is still alive and well and many people believe that it is dead, there are considerable proof and evidence that the American Dream is developing and thriving.
Those citizens have the mindset that the American Dream just is not possible in modern society. Is the American Dream Still Possible by David Wallechinsky addresses multiple view points from different Americans who don’t think the dream is accessible any longer. The excerpt states, “ But many average Americans are struggling- squeezed by rising costs, declining wages, credit-card debt and diminished benefits, with little left over to save for retirement” (55). Wallechinsky is correct in his statement that many Americans struggle. Most Americans come across problems that could potentially destroy their American Dream but the ones who succeed are the ones who don’t lose hope.
For example, Myrtle Wilson, Tom’s mistress, is married to a hard working husband, when she initially meets Tom on the train, she doesn’t falls in love with him, she falls in love with the way he wears like a gentleman, “He had on a dress suit and patent leather shoes, and I couldn’t keep my eyes off him” (Fitzgerald 36). Regardless of being physically abused by Tom Buchanan, she still tolerated his violent behaviors to be closer to her ideal American dream: receiving the power of money. Even though wealthy people have the power of their riches to purchase their materialistic commodities, money fails to provide enough power to successfully complete their American dream as well as pursue their felicity. To illustrate, Jay Gatsby invited Daisy over to his mansion to demonstrate his fortune and success to her, he was convinced that his large fortune would be enough to urge her to divorce her husband, Tom Buchanan, and return back to him. However, Gatsby’s dreams were crushed when he doesn’t successfully persuade Daisy to divorce Tom and get married with
The modern Dream for many Americans is being lazy while still earning a higher place in society. The dream has changed many times over the course of American society. It has gone for people of all different types of cultures and backgrounds working hard to achieve what they want in life to
No matter who you are or where you have come from, you have undoubtedly heard of the American Dream. The idea that no matter who you are or where you have come from, you can do whatever it is you desire in America. What was once one the main driving forces for immigrants to flock to the new world, has slowly changed over the years, but still holds its value in the eyes of those who are looking for a promising new place to live. The American dream might not hold the same awe inspiring sound that it once did, but for many generations before ours, it was a beacon of hope that helped build the foundation that the United States was built on. And still today the American dream might not be as achievable as it once was, but it is still an important symbol to the American ideology.
The beauty of life isn't the harmony that binds everyone together as one, but the tone that allows all forms of dance to exist. A tone such as the American Dream, with endless possibilities for the meaning of it, also empowers all forms of the dream to exist. There is no right or wrong answer to the American Dream. Instead, whatever speaks to the people striving for the dream fulfills its answer. There are countless interpretations of the American Dream because times have changed, no two people are the same, and each person faces varied circumstances.
Many people have asked them self if The American dream still alive? As many ask them self this question many do say it’s still alive but many say it’s not. They have provent why The american dream is alive still. But in fact The American Dream is still alive for many Immigrants and other people that live in the United states. Many have come to this states, because they see that The American Dream Can help them better their lives. Inmigrantes see the American Dream as a way of better their live for them self and their families An finding a better future.
The middle class American, your average Joe. This is the kind of person you meet almost everywhere you go. They make enough money to get by in life and enjoy a few pleasures. Most people would settle for being middle class, having a stable job, a family, and their own house. This is the modern American Dream. Striving to get by rather than ahead. This is a drastic change from the past hundred years when the American Dream used to be about becoming successful both economically and socially. It has become increasingly difficult for the lower class citizens to become successful, or just to leave their current social class. Of the many causes for this, it is income inequality that keeps the lower classes pinned down.
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. In the 1980`s it changed to extreme success of wealth. Although now the American Dream has changed to the concern of wealth, it started with a happy life for all citizens.
The American dream has been argued to have changed drastically over time, and even completely dissolved. Without something to believe in and strive for, living is pointless. For years the American dream has given people a goal that they wish to meet one day; but of late people have shown little to no interest in the American dream. The lack of hope in the dream has caused lessened motivation for a quality life, and promoted a way of mediocre living. I argue that media is the root of the change, along with politics.
Impossible Dreams The meaning of the American Dream can be seen as ”A uniquely American vision of the country consisting of three central ideas. The American dream consists of a belief in America as the new Eden- a land of beauty, bounty, and unlimited promise; a feeling of optimism, created by ever expanding opportunity; and a confidence in the triumph of the individual.” Using this definition of the so called “American dream”, it seems to be a great representation of it at first, until you realize it includes everyone as the individual. From the beginning of the Civil war to the end of the War to End All Wars, the American Dream wasn’t possible due to the treatment of the Native Americans, the inequality between women and men, and the false promises given to the immigrants coming to our country in their time of need.