Definition Of The American Dream Essay

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The American Dream The American dream is defined as the idea that every United States citizen should have equal opportunities to attain success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. A man named James Truslow Adams, an American Historian ("What Is the American Dream?"). The American dream was established around 1931 when the book, “The Epic of America”, was published by Adams ("What Is the American Dream?"). Three works that define the American dream are “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “Death of a Salesman”, and “Recitatif “. They all define the American dream in their own unique ways, some more in depth than others. In “A Streetcar Named Desire”, written by T. Williams. “A Streetcar Named Desire” is a play that…show more content…
She is unsuccessful, but has the same opportunities as everyone else does, but does not take advantage of anything that is offered. She continues to lie about her life and eventually the truth is revealed she is boosted to reality. Stanley on the other hand strongly represents the American dream and portrays it by working, being successful, and taking advantage of the opportunities given. Both characters are great representatives for the American dream. Although one story may be more encouraging than the other, either way they are both living the dream. I really enjoyed reading and analyzing both of the characters. I thought it was interesting seeing how Blanche was living the dream then just lost everything, then we have Stanley who has worked hard for what he has, and to achieve the American dream. In the play, “Death of a Salesman”, is it set in New England with the main character being Willy. Willy has two sons Biff, and Happy. He is married. All throughout the play we see Willy going through some issues from his past and eventually becomes lost in reality which drives him to commit suicide. Willy is a traveling salesman and in act one, he says that he has a secret and tells Biff and Happy that one day he’ll have his own business and that he’s never have to travel or leave home again
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