To me, the american dream is to be freedom and have freedom of speech. Freedom and freedom of speech are what many americans want. Having freedom means that you have the right to say what you want as long as it’s not illegal, and it gives americans the right to say what they want even if it offends another person. The following text show evidence of the american dream: “Home” by Dierks Bentley, “Coming to America” by Neil Diamonds.
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
Many people fantasize about the American dream. In his book The Epic of America, James Truslow Adams (1931) describes the American Dream as a, “...dream of land in which life should be better and richer and full for everyone with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” The American Dream is the idea that if a person has a significant amount of money and friends that they will be happy. It is in our nature as humans to want to be the best and have nicer things than our peers. The majority of people try to achieve the American Dream so that they will feel more exceptional to others. Though, in The Great Gatsby, the American Dream is a fallacy that the character Nick realizes can never truly be attained.
For the past two-hundred years, America has been a nation of profound ideals and values. One of the most fundamental of the these being the American Dream. The American dream has long been thought to be what separates the US from other nations. Nowhere in any other country can a person find anything quite like the American Dream. The American Dream is what turned thirteen ragtag colonies into the greatest country on earth. Unfortunately, as the nation changed so did the American Dream. On the whole, change is beneficial and the change this nation has experienced since its inception has made the nation stronger. The changes to the American Dream, however, were not as positive. Webster's dictionary defines the American Dream as “A happy way
The American dream carries a different meaning for every person. The definition may also change according to the time period and situation. In many sources, the American dream is defined as the ideal that all United States citizens should have equal opportunity to obtain success and prosperity through dedication. Two famous speeches, “The Speech at the Virginia Convention” by Patrick Henry and “The Speech in the Constitutional Convention” by Benjamin Franklin, define the term American dream during the time we were fighting for our independence. These speeches helped define the American dream by motivating the colonists to build the foundation foundation of the term, which is freedom and independence.
American Dream has many different definitions in this day and age. For some it 's starting from little and making their way up to a successful prosperous life. For others it 's reaching happiness and a family. And for some the American dream is freedom but however the American dream is portrayed they all have something in common and that is happiness. My definition of the American Dream is someone who starts from nothing and makes their way through life in a happy and healthy way. Not everyone is capable of reaching the American dream. In Of Mice and Men the American dream was not reached by Lennie and George. In A Raisin in the Sun, they too did not reach the American dream. The American dream is a difficult thing to accomplish even though many live their lives trying got achieve this dream.
The Declaration of Independence states: “that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." The Declaration of Independence is a written version of our rights as humans in America. It is saying that every person is equal, with equal opportunities. The people are given rights at birth that can not be taken away. The document gives all the “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as basic human rights.
What the American Dream means to me is happiness. Being happy and not having to worry about food, shelter, and/or health. To have a healthy life, family, and relationships whether it be friends or family. To me the American Dream is not having a big house, nice car, or expensive clothing because I believe no matter how much material you have it will never bring you true happiness. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it’s all that matters.” (Audrey Hepburn)
What does it mean to be an American? Having freedom, being a patriot, your own way of life? Being an American is all of this and much more. America and the American Dream have been very controversial topics for the last hundred years, they are key elements that give people within and outside America the feeling of hope and positivity in their day to day lives.
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 American Dream is a common thing that people seek to have. The American Dream is the idea of a person coming from nothing and rising up to the upper class through hard work and dedication. Through this hard work and dedication people would hope to be free, wealthy, and happy. I'm sure this is everyone's dream, especially ones who come from a struggling family or come from another country looking for freedom and a way out from the way of life they were stuck in before. Pursuing this dream is good in some ways but not everything turns out the way it is planned to be. There would be things to be sacrificed, like the people you love and the things you care about. Money can not buy everything.
In society, the vast majority of people are encompassed by the growing economic issues of the modern age. Yet–concerned primarily with themselves–people expect authority to handle any and all crises; however, blame them (namely politicians) when the results are not in their favor. Surprising, when the present meets the past, the differences are not as striking as one may expect. For instance, in 1981 when Ronald Reagan had become the president of the nation, the nation had been in shambles due to the aftermath of the Vietnam War (economic troubles and social unrest unravelling). Understanding the ignorance of the public in regards to acting on problematic issues, he addresses the need for change starting with the people themselves–a lesson
The American Dream is something that everybody strives to accomplish throughout their life no matter where they come from. Three people have strived to create the American Dream for other people and not just themselves. These people are Martin Luther King Jr, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted African Americans to achieve their american dream of being considered equal to whites in every aspect. Elizabeth Stanton and Lucretia Mott strived and rallied for women’s right in society. The segregation blacks felt was degrading and humiliating and Martin Luther King Jr. led them to the promise land to make a huge step towards ending segregation. Elizabeth Stanton and Lucretia Mott pushed the government hard to
The Great American Dream is an ideal that states through hard work and dedication, every American citizen has the opportunity to accomplish personal goals and achieve success. The amount of effort put forth to obtain these goals, and achieve individualized success is decided upon by that citizen. Some of the more common goals and successes are ownership of property, obtaining wealth, enjoying liberties, experiencing patriotism, and raising a family. In “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving, the main character Rip is able to obtain the Great American Dream through laziness. Washington Irving satirizes the Great American Dream in his short story, and in this paper I will analyze how “Rip Van Winkle” can be read as a parody.
The term, “American dream,” was first used by historian James Truslow Adams. James stated that the American dream was, “That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.” Although the quote states a perfect definition of the American dream, this term can be interpreted in several ways. The American dream is achieving a goal that before was seen as impossible or unlikely, making a decision that could improve the life of future descendants, and having goals that you want to accomplish.