The American Dream is so essential to our country as it is an honor to reach your goals and make it a reality. The American Dream is the national ethos that people’s lives would be better and more abundant with many opportunities. The American Dream was more accessible to attain back in the days, however, changed over the years. Although the “American Dream” is still possible, many people, minorities are affected by the lack of improvement in social mobility in our society. The American Dream is still alive by being able to live a middle-class lifestyle and by obtaining it through perseverance and hard-work.
Living in America The American Dream is an old ideal, one that is at first glance easily defined, but at the same time is frustratingly obscure in its true meaning. How does one define it? Is it simply luxury, a Bentley in front of a townhouse and a golden retriever on the lawn?
The American dream at one point was what drew people to American; the right to life, liberty, and the happiness. The American dream is the hope to acquire currency, large homes, raise a middle-class family, and pursue what brings people joy in life. But in the year 2016, the American dream becomes hard to believe in. The American dream may still exist, but it is not equally accessible to all Americans. This is true because the American dream is not affordable for everyone, it is not available to everyone from different degrees of education, and race and ethnicity creates large social barriers.
No matter who you are or where you have come from, you have undoubtedly heard of the American Dream. The idea that no matter who you are or where you have come from, you can do whatever it is you desire in America. What was once one the main driving forces for immigrants to flock to the new world, has slowly changed over the years, but still holds its value in the eyes of those who are looking for a promising new place to live. The American dream might not hold the same awe inspiring sound that it once did, but for many generations before ours it was a beacon of hope that helped build the foundation that the United States was built on. And, still, today the American dream might not be as achievable as it once was, but it is still an important
Many people have and are still coming to America, seeking this thing we once knew as the American dream. The American dream has been around since 1776 but was later coined in 1931. (Novak, 2015). Is the American dream still alive today? Is the American dream still worth pursing?
The American dream in today’s time is about reaching a goal most of the time this goal is money and being higher up on the social ladder. William Schreyer in his speech “The Century of the American Dream” claims that the American dream is, “Freedom and opportunity, effort and investment, risk and reward, plus the infinite potential of the individual human mind and spirit.” Schreyer’s point on what the American dream is shows us that he believes the American dream is real and with some effort achievable. In the book The Great Gatsby, the American dream is shown as a goal that Jay Gatsby wants to reach. His goal is to be reunited with Daisy and going back to the relationship they once had he says this in chapter six saying, “I'm going to fix
The American Dream, a concept that one is bound to achieve success in America if one works hard enough to seek it, stands as a prevailing, almost fairy-tale like, idea across the globe for people who yearn for a better life. These people have various motives: some wish to be more financially stable, some may be in desperate need to escape persecution in their home country, and many have other reasons. However, it is not always the case that people immigrate willingly; in fact, a portion of the immigrant population in the United States constitutes people who had no say in moving to America. This situation is mostly observed in undocumented children and teens who were brought by their parents or relatives when they were still very young. Although they did not
James Truslow Adams defines the American Dream as the “dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” (The American Dream). An idea sought after by millions of people is the American Dream; they believe there is a reward for hard work and that that reward is happiness and prosperity. The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, and The Crucible are all works, which portray the pursuit and destruction of the American Dream. Jay Gatsby’s American dream was to marry the woman he loved. This is evident throughout the novel; Gatsby is determined to transform his life from dirt to diamonds all to be a suitable man for Daisy.
Achieving the American dream is the typical goal of Americans and immigrants alike. This universal concept of every Americans aspiration is a common ideal, the American Dream is achievable through hard work and dedication. Yes, some people have to deal with issues or obstacles that can challenge them from reaching their goals in life so come what may and we will deal with it as life throws it at us. For instance in the poem Africa to America “T’was mercy brought me from my pagan land, Taught my benighted soul to understand that there’s a God, that there’s a saviour too” in this quote Phillis Wheatley tries to demonstrate that it was a blessing, a free act of God’s compassion that brought her out of Africa “a Pagan Land”.
Some people say that the American Dream is the pursuit of material prosperity; while others believe it’s living a simple, fulfilling life. It’s not merely the ability to acquire high wages or fancy sport cars, though in fact, the idea to start anew in a land full of opportunities and to attain a fuller life. The American Dream is alive, however it’s much easier for some to attain it than others; geography and socioeconomic status are the determining factors in this case. Where the American Dream “lives” and where it does not differs throughout the United States. Since where we live matters, upward mobility can be an issue for parents and their children.