Freedom, equality, happiness, family, mobility, opportunity, education, diversity. This is the American Dream. The American Dream represents the lifelong goal that one works towards and dreams about throughout his/her whole life. Some believe that this American Dream, appealing though it seems, is not accessible to everyone. However, this is not true.
From the start of the America, to the America we know today, the driving force and the heart of America has always been and is it today the “American dream”. The “American dream” is a goal for many who live in America. They believe that the “American Dream” is controlling their own destiny, becoming successful, and living free. The “American Dream” is success, freedom, and being able to control your own destiny. Without dreams, there is nothing to plan or look forward to; therefore, no reason to live.
In our everyday life, all individuals are obliged to be successful. People work hard on a daily basis looking for money, education, power, perfect relationships with others. However, only a small number of people considers the exact meaning of love. Failure to determine what success means have led to people climbing the wrong ladder. For most people, success means obtaining a specific object such as building wealth, launching a million-dollar business or being in a perfect relationship.
The American Dream is still alive and available to everyone today, although it is different for everyone. The American Dream is what each individual believes it to be and does not have a set definition, it is whatever the person believes it to be and it still possible for everyone. America still provides access to opportunity for everyone from the people who are born in poverty to the people that are born into wealth. While lately there has been much debate over whether the American Dream is still alive and well and many people believe that it is dead, there are considerable proof and evidence that the American Dream is developing and thriving. First of all, in the American Constitution, it states “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Chalmers, Shakira English 096 Prof. Lisa Helrich 8th December, 2016 American Dream People say that they want the American Dream but what exactly is the “American Dream”? The American Dream means the idea that every U.S citizen should have equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work determination and initiative. It’s a term used for the “way of life”. The question now is that “. Is this dream attainable”?
Growing up back then in America everyone dreamt about goals and ambitions. Nowadays everyone still has their minds set on their dreams they want to achieve. But the question that separates us from the past and the present, is it still possible to achieve the American Dream. As people believed it was easier to achieve such dream because costs were lower. In America, there are people who believe the American Dream is still attainable, there are also people that believe the American Dream can be attained only in certain situations, and there are people that do not believe it is achievable today.
He illustrates that Gatsby’s aspiration does come out of the goodness of his heart, but means he uses to achieve his goal majorly differ. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s Dream is the one showcased. In My Ántonia, nearly every character has their American Dream presented. Whether they’re the main character or one that is mentioned in 2 sentences, they contribute to the idea of various Dreams. Even though each of these characters has different intended paths of travel, they all know where they’re going.
The trend is there, most people just choose not to see it. The American Dream is possible, but not for everyone, even if they work very hard to achieve it. I do not feel this is a reason to try any less though. If anything, it should inspire people to try
In regards to the American Dream in America, US citizens hold their dreams near and dear to their hearts, but neglect to advocate for the dreams of their fellow Americans. In an excerpt from writer James Truslow Adams, he articulates his thoughts on the American dream, he states: 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. It is a difficult dream for the European upper class to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. In relationship to Hansberry’s work, this is most represented through the character of Karl Lindner, the neighborhood council for improvement representative of the Youngers future home and community. His visit to the youngers provided nothing short of a demonstration of bigotry and insult.
Everyone must be going up hill before they can find the down hill. Whether hardships are in life or in sports then people will not understand how complicated and hard life can get. Sports wise, you need to work hard and put all of your might into that one activity for one time. But every athlete knows that after a while then they will be able to be success and see what all of those long hard nights and mornings were for. Whereas in life you might have to struggle with family issues or even friend issues.
Tracking back to Saker’s situation, every step that he has been able to take towards the American Dream can be attested to, according to him, “‘the people here [being] so good to [him which has convinced him] that the dream that anyone can come here and establish a life from nothing is alive’” (Flisiuk). Although the American Dream suggests settling in the US starting withfrom nothing, anyone would need some form of external support during the onset of his or her transition to cope with the hardships associated with such a dramatic shift. In “America and Americans,” Steinbeck emphasizes how dependent we are on one another in our pursuit for success as well as the lack of acknowledgment there is for that reliance. We have become so accustomed to receiving support that we often forget about those who guide us in the face of difficulty. Similarly, achieving a goal as demanding as the American Dream requires the utmost amount of emotional support.
America is another name for opportunity that resides in the destiny of the people. There is nothing more competitive than the daily life of an American. Everyone has the chance to achieve their own desires and hope is what keeps them going. America thrives on commitment and that is what sets the goods and the greats apart. Anyone can work hard but there is nothing special about working hard because that is what is supposed to happen.
They say if you are willing to work hard, anyone can make the American Dream happen. But that is not always the case. If said person has any disabilities it is going to be harder for them to get a good paying job, but nobody really considers that and just judge and blame them for letting it happen to themselves.
One the other hand The American Dream is not completely accurate. The American Dream is dead and good riddance is what some people say. The plaguing of the american dream, notably home ownership, educating two children, as well as owning a good car. But for some that isn’t even what the dream involves. The more tradition of the american dream is marriage, But a lot of these people are living their own version of the dream.
The American dream still takes residence in many hearts across the nation, but I believe we are not making full use of the opportunity we have been given. The word success is such a promising word. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel; it appears as a seemingly endless journey that everyone is trying to finish. Many associate the American dream with guaranteed success. What many fail to see is what the American dream really is.