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How Did Jeannette Walls Achieve The American Dream

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In 1776, the Declaration of Independence, in founding America, laid the foundation of the American Dream with the principles of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (Jefferson 77). Jefferson believed that life should be better and richer for every man. He did not, however, necessarily mean that money is needed for life to be “richer.” As the American economy, society and culture have advanced, the interpretation of the American Dream has changed drastically. Nowadays, the American Dream values money and materialism over happiness. While material success is still a part that defines the dream, the most important foundation of the dream lies in self-satisfaction. Life will be better and richer and fuller for each person if they choose…show more content…
When Jeannette Walls escapes the destitution of Welch, assuming her right to a better life, it is evident that she finally has the opportunity pursue happiness and the attain the real American Dream. Walls’s experiences with happiness in the work place, with her family, and through opportunities demonstrates that the pursuit of happiness, as it relates to satisfaction with one’s family, friends, experiences, and job rather than money, is crucial to achieving the American Dream. In achieving the American Dream, the pursuit of happiness is vital to success, and experiences provide the perfect opportunity for one to realize what makes them happy and what will make them happy in future positions. The opportunities provided by America encompass the American Dream and the successes that are possible with the resources in this country. In The Epic of America in 1931, Adams argues that the American Dream is “the dream of a social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable” (Adams 404). While Adams admits that material success is a part that defines the dream, he stresses that the most
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