The American Dream is a dream that all mankind has. A lot of the common people place confidence in the fact that poverty is one of the biggest factors holding people back from that dream. People who agree that poverty is detrimental and will not let people achieve the American Dream find ways to help them be able to experience it. Some people might assume that poverty actually helps them achieve the American Dream. Each year the poverty rates are increasing tremendously and will keep increasing if no one takes action.
According a Point Taken-Marist Poll, sixty-nine percent of American adults nationally believe in the American Dream’s attainability. Fifty-eight percent also see it as attainable for, not only themselves, but for everyone in America (4/5: American Dream). Every American citizen has their own personal opinions and capabilities, which can change their interpretation of the American Dream. Rene Zografos, a journalist for the Huffington Post, wrote “Americans will always be dreamers, and I mean that in a very positive way because dreamers are the hard workers.” (Zografos)
Being an outsider from The United States I have always been fascinated by the lifestyle and vast diversity that this country possesses. I hold great admiration for their leaders and the way they somehow always manage to do what’s best for their country. Although, naturally no one is perfect. From what I can perceive America is mostly a place where freedom, of any type, is actually part of the daily lives of their citizens. From speaking their minds freely to being able to conduct their lives as they please.
Divorce is at its highest rate ever and I believe this is because couples have too much pride and self-entitlement today. Also politicians, for example Hilary Clinton, are so swaying with their views in order to please everyone that its hard to tell how they really feels. Opposite of Kreon, who stuck to his views and refused to consider anyone else’s. Kreon reminds me of Donald Trump, they want so much credit and respect, and expect everyone to blindly follow them. The presidential candidates this election truly scares me because there isn’t one person with a middle ground.
Many people argue every day for complete equality of all people, due to new movements and campaigns. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. wrote the short story, “Harrison Bergeron,” in order to show what it would be like if this came true. It is a short story that follows the lives of Hazel and George Bergeron. The two live in a society where the government places handicaps on people to make them more ‘average’ or ‘equal.’ This takes place in the United States in 2081, where there has been many amendments in order to ensure total equality throughout society.
Until now, cable is still out of our budget. When me and my sister had homework or projects that required internet we used to go to my aunt’s house where she would let us use her computer. Not too long ago, my freshman year, we were able to get affordable internet for low income. Throughout the Madera Academic Youth Alliance Club I was able to get involved in school as well as the community.
“‘...we could get married or something. I could chop all our wood…” (Salinger 132). Here, Holden is pressuring Sally to run away with him and live in a farmhouse for the rest of their lives, before even asking her opinion. He didn’t give much thanks to his parents either.
What was once depended on in the past is no longer needed in the present. When the Dream was first created, it fit the criteria of that time. It fulfilled a life where it, "...should be better and richer and fuller for everyone," (The American Dream). However, as time goes on,what meets those standards changes. The American Dream itself doesn't hold what many view it capable of holding.
Will we ever finally see a civilized society without hate, bigoted views, and prejudiced thinking? Unfortunately, not in our lifetime, but the children of today and tomorrow can help ease the anger and tension, and resolve what has been plaguing our nation for years. A sense of understanding. Unsure of what that means? Imagine the thought of any interracial couple from around say the year 1901, unheard of and even illegal.
In “Daughter of Invention” the family is struggling because the daughters and the mom want to become more American and adapt to the new culture but the dad wants nothing to do with it. He wants to continue to be the same person he was in the Dominican Republic. For example, the dad is not changing or adapting at all, “On his side of the bed my father would be conked out for an hour already, his Spanish newspaper draped over his chest…” (Alvarez 10).
Lastly, “ that every man might have need of other” (35). This means that everyone will help everyone and everything will run smoothly. Throughout the document I notice that the rules and regulations all pointed back to a higher power, I believe that the colonists looked to a higher power because they were very confused and settling on a completely new land was hard and they needed
The fact that you will be judged on every little detail may cause you to rethink if being an american is all it 's said to be. In the poem “ America “ by Claude McKay she says “I love this cultured hell that tests my youth! Her vigor flows like tides into my blood, Giving me strength erect against her hate.” (p14) This quote is a prime example of how being an American is bittersweet.
The 1920s was the age of major social change. From women’s suffrage to the emergence of flappers, many people saw the 1920s as a new age and wanted to join societal changes. Everyone seemed to be chasing after one dream, often called “The American Dream” of being wealthy and careless. Not only did people want to become wealthy, but they wanted to live the lifestyle of “Old Wealth”, which were people who had inherited their money and lived like royalty. Many people worked towards this, trying so hard to become old wealth, but no matter how hard they tried, they could never become that.
In the news of 2017 there’s been quite an amount of bashing and opinionated laws being addressed. In the century we live in now you would think that everyone would be more open minded or more respectful to the point of where they don’t allow things to bother them. Transgender Equality Rights has been a powerful topic for ages and today the LGBT community are still fighting to just be treated like humans. People learn that “all men are created equal.” However, equality is something that men and women in the LGBT community struggle with and have yet to achieve.
Believe it or not, some parents don’t realize this. The following is a set of quotes from The Veldt, “‘Will you shut off the house sometime soon?’ ‘We’re considering it.’ ‘I don’t think you’d better consider it anymore, father.’ ‘I won’t have any threats from my son.’”