Dex's Idea Of The American Dream

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What is the American Dream? It all started back to the time of the Revolutionary War. The Americans were fighting for a chance to be a new, free, and independant nation. The American Dream was to go forth to new land and conquer it for the benefit of one’s own self. “Some say, that the American Dream has become the pursuit of material prosperity - that people work more hours to get bigger cars, fancier homes, the fruits of prosperity for their families - but have less time to enjoy their prosperity,” as recorded in the Library of Congress. Since the time of the Revolutionary War and when people were very active patriots for their nation; people have cared less and less about their mother country. If you have any opinions about your own country…show more content…
“It offended him that the links should lie in enforced fallowness, haunted by ragged sparrows for the long season. It was dreary, too, that on the tees where the gay colors fluttered in summer there were now only the desolate sand-boxes knee-deep in crusted ice. When he crossed the hills the wind blew cold as misery, and if the sun was out he tramped with his eyes squinted up against the hard dimensionless glare (Winter Dreams).” He saw the off season of being a caddy as a time to dream about a time where he could be wealthy and own anything he wanted. This was a pleasure and favorite past time of Dexter’s. “This American Dream exists because we are free to pursue unlimited prosperity. What fuels the desire to pursue the American Dream is the right to keep the wealth you produce(Winter Dreams),” Thomas C. Corley defines in his article. This dream has pursued hundreds of thousands of people to pursue wealth, and then the result of that wealth being happiness. Furthermore, the dream has become a common goal of…show more content…
In Winter Dreams, Dexter is an immigrant and knows that with that fact it is going to be harder for him to climb to the top of the tower. “[Dexter] knew that to be careless in dress and manner required more confidence than to be careful. But carelessness was for his children. His mother 's name had been Krimslich. She was a Bohemian of the peasant class and she had talked broken English to the end of her days. Her son must keep to the set patterns (Winter Dreams).” Jill E. Bond reports “Contrary to what many believe, the real American dream is about the opportunity to move up a rung on the class ladder through hard work, providing a better life for yourself and a better future for your children. But that dream is getting harder and harder to obtain (Winter Dreams).” Both of these prove that the American Dream is getting harder to achieve and the fact that Dexter is an immigrant doesn’t help at all. Clearly, the dream is getting harder to reach and the racers are getting more
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