While the Dream promotes this idea that anyone can achieve their goals, only those with the upperhand can get through all of the challenges that come with trying to reach the end goal. Only a small group of people have the skills it takes to solve the puzzle that is the American Dream. This belief can be seen
“The American Dream is “ that 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.” James Truslow Adams first stated in his book The Epic of American. He emphasized that, “the American dream does not represent a quest for wealth or material abundance, but rather a version for self-actualization and personal fulfillment.” In the years after the Second World War, America was defined by an unprecedented period of economic prosperity. Perhaps most importantly, those at the bottom of the economic ladder shared in the bounty as much as those at the top. By the 70s, however, as the postwar economic boom began to deflate, did the idea that government had a role to play in stewarding the economy or protecting workers from the vicissitudes of the free market. After the first and the second world war and the Great Depression, more and more people have called American Dream into question.
Unfortunately, what Adams described is not always the case even as much as most Americans would want it to be. Thus, Americans turn a blind eye to the social hierarchy, which makes attaining the national American Dream harder for some races, individuals with disabilities and even women. Every individual has their opinion of what the American Dream means to them, which tends to include upward mobility and the opportunity to prosper. Over the last few decades there has been significant advancements in media and technology. Consequently, changing the idea of the American Dream drastically throughout the years.
The origin of this dream can be traced back to James Truslow’s Epic of America (1931) where he described America as the land in which life was better, richer and fuller for everyone. According to him, the dream was not only limited to materialistic gains but extended to the establishment of a social order. The dream can actually be considered as the manifestation of America itself since it is found to be based on the principles of the American Declaration of Independence, namely liberty, equality and pursuit of happiness. Ownby in his book American Dreams in Mississippi (1999) disintegrated different versions of American Dream into four man ideas: 1) Dream of abundance with unlimited resources and material goods. 2) Democracy of goods wherein everyone as consumers had an equal claim to possess a
In today 's society, the American Dream is defined by popularity, how much one is able to capitalize off of anything thrown their way, and the amount of wealth one has accumulated for themselves from it. However, this dream is only available to a select few, causing negative disruptions within our society as a whole and its people individually. The American dream is defined by an everyday citizen this way because in the United States many people feel that in order to get to the dream, they must make rash and overly selfish decisions which lead them down paths of corruption, much like the many powerful, successful people in big business. Although the end goal is to be able to grasp the dream and fulfillment, people come to a point that psychologists refer to as the adaptation level phenomenon. The phenomenon states that humans have the tendency to judge various stimuli and situations relative to those they have previously experienced.
“For many the American Dream has become a nightmare” stated Bernie Sanders, 2016 Presidential Candidate, during one of his campaigns after being incredibly frustrated with the country and its high rates of its citizens on welfare. This quote, displays the sense that in current America with how everything is going, the American Dream has now turned into a complete mess that no one wants to go through with. The overwhelming stress and other psychological pressures that come with the American Dream is not worth the stress, psychological, and emotional damage for some people and actually can cause more harm than good for them. They would rather be mentally healthy than end up psychologically damaged in order to reach the so called American Dream. It is understood that hard work goes into the American Dream, but there is a fine line where enough is enough.
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 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.
The American Dream Today many Americans have derived their own American dream, whether it be having money in the bank, or having a loving family. Today, According to “The Balance” they have decided that the American dream is, “The pursuit of happiness became the driver of entrepreneurial spirit that defines the free American market economy” (Amadeo 1). This shows their view of the American dream is to have your own business, and make your life comfortable. The question is, is it achievable by all Americans today? Yes, Amadeo may believe that free market and owning a business will bring you happiness, is not the same for all Americans.
The American dream has a number of connotations which are clarified by the context intended including history, which the research mostly alludes to through language being the speech and literature being the novel. Therefore, what remains after all these is said and done is the need to be optimistic on one’s attaining the American dream while still acknowledging the past, as it plays an unavoidable and substantial role in our
In text two, the American Dream is interpreted from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s personal experience. He claims that the American Dream is not only about receiving what America has to offer, such as wealth and status as many people thinks, but also what the people who is pursuing the American Dream has to offer and give back to America. In text three, we hear about how the American Dream is like in past few years and what kind of negative affects it have on Earth. It is harder for people to obtain wealth now more than ever, due to the bad economy. Earth suffers from all the CO2 we releases from our luxurious cars and soon we will run out of resources.