The Evolution Of The American Dream

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Register to read the introduction…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. People’s views of the American Dream have drastically changed because of social media. Supposedly, the American Dream is about being able to get that great job, nice house, and address all of one’s needs and wants. There are external and internal problems with the American Dream. The American Dream is fairly unattainable for many people because of social and political restraints. The “American Dream” itself is a problem because people “think” they want certain things, but is that what they want? Rather, they think that materialism and financial success is their dream, and once achieved, they’ll be…show more content…
Every individual has their view of the American Dream, but the national notion of the phrase divides individuals and is devastating to the less fortunate. Some people will never reach the “American Dream” whether it is because of internal or external causes. Internal causes would be that the person does not exhibit the motivation and drive to succeed and always find the need to want to push forward. The person might be depressed because of family issues, which causes the person to not work at their full potential. An example of an external cause could be that employer who makes bias judgments on a person’s ability based on their characteristics and where society would place them in a social hierarchy. Separation of church and state matter, in states like Utah, there is not a clear separation based on religion. If an individual were not Mormon they would have a harder time finding a job in Utah than they would in California. Women making seventy-seven cents to a man’s dollar is a dividing factor between being able to achieve, or not achieve the American Dream (Leistyna 5). There are harsh realities that the poor and working-class of color face, but television shows make it seem that the middle class is open to everyone (Leistyna 3). Network television has been construing tales about the working classes lives for years, which has only reinforced these
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