The American Dream is only attainable to those who are privileged and considered truly American. Though many immigrants believe that they can grasp the American Dream, it is always out of reach and can never be achieved. The American Dream can never be accomplished through working hard and determination. Often, people chase the American Dream with high expectations for a new life, and they are often disappointed when failure strikes. Because of this, many of the characters in Of Mice and Men struggle to achieve the dreams they’ve been longing for.
I think America was a dream for some people and not for some. In these paragraphs I will talk about America being a dream and not. Walt Whitman said everyone loves America and it is an amazing place. Langston Hughes talks about America not being a dream and not everyone likes it here. The truth is America is not a dream for everyone.
Comparing and Contrasting Shepard and McCandless Two adventures had taken place, and both were different in their own ways. Adam Shepard, an individual that was unhappy with society wanted to prove the point that the American dream is achievable, and had left his home to start from the “Bottom”. Now McCandless, another individual that was unhappy with society, had a different reason for leaving his town and family. He felt that the life he was living isn’t the way he wanted it to be, so he set off on an adventure to find a new way of living. The idea that is being presented to you is the idea that both had significance throughout their journey (Impacts), but they both served a purpose that wasn’t fulfilled.
Americans no longer believe that they have freedom. Therefore, there is a negative connotation the goes along with it. People risk their lives everyday to ensure freedom for every citizen in the United States, yet they still complain. The authors within this essay summarize the idea of freedom, “When we face decisions involving alternatives we see as negatives, we feel so little freedom that we twist and turn searching for another choice with some positive characteristics” (Jellison and Harvey 49). Freedom allows for opportunity, happiness, security, and to have an opinion.
A lingering question to many of the less fortunate in America pertains to the existence of the so-called “American dream.” Does this American dream exist and is it attainable? The American dream inspires many immigrants move to America, hoping to better their lives and those of their families. However, in the novel, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich’s attempt achieve the American dream deems it not possibly attainable. Likewise, today, in the twenty-first century, the American dream is still not attainable. Ordinarily, no one would go through such physical and mental challenges to achieve a just barely attainable dream, but many of disadvantaged families still do, even today during the twenty-first century.
At the time this document was written many people did not believe in equality. Minorities at this time were discriminated against in a major way. This is why it was not accepted. The constitution and the Bill of Rights have made drastic changes in how this country has developed over these short years. The people on both sides of the arguments have their own opinions.
Americas Sixteenth President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” That would be viewed as a fair statement to almost anyone. If you deny freedom, you do not deserve it. Maybe people view that as a fair statement only because of the modern times. So, a frequent question that might be asked about history might be, is it fair to judge events or people based on modern times? Abe Lincoln was not always loved by his people in America (especially the south) during the pre-civil war, or as some might know the times of slavery.
Being part of a racial minority in the United States at any time history will always be bad since the option of true civil rights is not available. Dr.King in his Letter from Birmingham City Jail, he talks mainly about the terrible treatment to racial minorities in this case, black people he mentions how his son asks “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”.(p.3.) If kids can see the negative effects of not having civil rights then it is truly is a problem in American society. As far as America has come it still has major problems and one great advocate is Dr.King who says “It seeks so to dramatize the issue that can longer be ignored”(p.3.) Dr.king knew how big of a problem not having true civil rights can be for racial minorities so he decides to “Dramatize the Issue” which has helped to get closer to civil rights it doesn’t just take one man in order to make changes it takes a whole
At the core of the Great Awakening, many colonists were likely drawn to the experience in general, based in part to the fact that Colonial America was a land of extreme flux during the early 18th century. As it has been noted by some historians, the people of this time were likely feeling lost and the rigmarole of traditional worship was affording them very little “spiritual reward”, so to speak. As it would appear to this writer, it would seem that though religious worship had remained an important part of colonial society, it had become stagnant for many and they were simply going through the motions. As to how this relates to religion and the messages being passed down to congregations, the message itself challenged people to look into themselves as a means of salvation and men like George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and Reverend John Fish centered their revivals around this fact. What was more profound was the fact that their messages went far beyond reaching just white, Europeans colonists; their powerful words and new form of religious preaching touched Africans and Indians as well.
In the end, Millennials may never have the chance to live the American Dream nor will they ever see it due to the fact that our country will only get better if the Millennials change it. Even if they do make the effort to change the economic problems and fix the problems that have been going on for years it is not going to happen overnight it may take years to fix the damage that has been made. For one thing, it will not change in the lifetime of the Millennials we can only hope that we are able to make a difference and change it for the better so that our kids someday will be able to live the American