Rhetorical Analysis Of Brandon King The American Dream

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The American Dream has a different meaning from what it once was, but according to Brandon King it is still alive. His beginning question, “What is the true state of the so-called ‘American Dream’ today” (Page #610, Para. #1) appeals to his audience’s own thoughts of his or her own personal beliefs for their futures. Most people have an idea of what they want in life, and their dream may not be the rags to riches dream of yesteryear, but is uniquely theirs. Also King provides data from expert economists to support his view. Many of the economists King presents do not believe this country is going in the right direction, which gives him a chance to present his ideas for keeping the dream alive. King effectively argues that the American Dream is still alive by giving statistics from …show more content…

Surveys are a good way to find out what people are thinking, the surveys King present support his ideas. One of the surveys provided was done by the New York Times “72 percent of Americans still believe it is possible to start poor, work hard, and become rich in America” (Page #611, Para. #2). This ultimately shows that the majority of Americans still are still motivated to work towards their dream and that it is possible to achieve their dream. The dreams of today are not so much about getting rich, most Americans today want a secure job with benefits, a stable home, and a secure retirement plan. King states that “more and more people now rent their homes instead of buying; a recent study showed a decrease in home ownership from 69% to 66.5% in 2010, and increase in renter households of 1.1 million” (King quote, Page #611, Para. #2). By presenting this survey, King shows that Americans may not have the dream of owning a home as they did in the past. Ultimately, King shows Americans do still believe in the American Dream; however, they are more conservative in their

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