Hope, freedom and land of opportunity were one of most main point in the poem. Every immigrant that came from across the world to the United States understood the risks and danger in starting a new life but they believed in the Statue of Liberty and they had hope in the American dream. “The New Colossus” was written specifically for those immigrants who were exiled and to welcome them all. We are nation of immigrants. I am an immigrant myself.
In James Truslow Adams book, The Epic of America, he claims that this country is, “a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement … regardless of fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” (Froger 1). The country was founded upon those principles to serve as a peaceful place. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s (FDR’s) New Deal programs promised safe, healthy futures for every American which led to a new understanding of the American Dream: “freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.” (“How the American Dream Has Changed Over Time” 1) After World War II, veterans returned home with the American Dream viewed as a family who lived in a happy home. However, The American Dream transformed into an ideal that relied on people being able to afford all the modern accessories: cars, television sets, and college educations for one’s
Throughout the course of recorded history people have always had ambitions of living a safe and secure life free from excessive control. The discovery and expansion of America created a melting pot for people from all over to immigrate and begin new lives. The people migrating to America dreamed of a new beginning and a flourishing lifestyle, driven by hard work and dedication. The American dream can be accomplished through perseverance and hard work to achieve our goals; and the strong sense of community to increase the well-being of everyone, not just oneself. In Alexis de Tocqueville’s, That the Americans Combat the Effects of Individualism by Free Institutions, it is made clear that the American dream can be accomplished by oneself through
There are few things in this world that are satisfactory to people mentally. These ideals create new beliefs and perspectives on life. Some of these changes can make a person want to change their surroundings to fit their ideal way of life. This intern makes them restless and unhappy with the way their life is. On the other hand these ideals can affirm the way of life or view on life is perfect in their own eyes.
Humans learn and change by listening and adapting to the opinions of the people around them. This inevitable modification of one’s thoughts and actions can be either extremely positive or drastically negative. When someone is surrounded by positivity they are likely to grow and become an individual; negativity can result in trauma and the loss of one’s self awareness. In A Lesson Before Dying, Jefferson is treated like an animal for a crime he did not commit, therefore his brain is virtually rewired into believing that he is no longer human. This harrowing change of self perception changes the way he thinks and acts.
Being an American gives citizens the right the live the American dream, cultivate the world’s melting pot, and strive to innovate new ideas. For most immigrants coming to America they strive to 'live the American Dream.’ In America we, the people, have the capability to turn our lives around and achieve the goals we dream of. Every American citizen is
Diversity has been an integral part of the fabric of my life. Growing up as an Army Brat was very multi faceted. One of the most positive elements was the exposure I received in my schools and on post. My childhood neighborhoods were rich with different cultures, races and religious backgrounds. Many of my oldest friends share unique traditions that to the average town, would seem remarkable and even unfathomable.
Numerous influences throughout my life sparked growth in me as a character. Among sixteen years of constant change, the philosophy of the East seemed to stick with me. Like Sun Wukong’s journey to the West, I embarked on my own journey to the East. It was a journey to the beliefs and ideas of Asia which changed my views of life and society completely. As the son of two Vietnamese immigrants who came to America after the Vietnam War, the Asian mindset persisted in my household despite their assimilation thirty years ago.
No, it’s a celebration that Americans celebrate because it part of their American identity. What is an American identity? An American identity is what makes you or others American. For example, traditions or anything that has to do with people coming together as a community. If you ask my generation of what it means to be an American, most of them will answer with “ living in America” or say sports is a huge part of being an American.
I am an international student from Vietnam who came to the United States to pursue higher education. I was brought up in a very unique culture and family traditions, and this has had a strong influence on my beliefs and mindsets. Together with all the experiences that I have been through so far in my life, I have formed some social and personal identities that I might or might be aware of. Such identifies are an important tool that can stay with me and remind me every day of who I am and my origin. In terms of social identities, I was born in a middle class Vietnamese family where my parents have worked so hard to provide the best education and living standards for my two other siblings and me.