He is also arguing that the American public is, actually, losing the war. They are living in a time of relative peace, as he describes, which allows for only a fractured and idolized understanding of what war truly meant. Moreover, the American public is “losing the war,” and its realistic legacy over time, while the world never truly won the war to begin with. Sandlin’s argument unfolds in such a way that addresses both connotations of his title. He pragmatically outlines the psychological limitations of modern Americans, while contrasting them with the widespread trauma of a global
I envisioned Seabiscuit as a symbol that embodied the essence of the average American in a time of pandemonium. He was desperate, overlooked, and depleted, but a good fight lurked in his soul. All it took was patience and an opportunity, which many at the time were yearning for. They were looking for the lost hope, the once furbished American dream, that seemed nothing like a dream, but instead a nightmare. I think most of society was able to resonate with Seabiscuit.
The article “The Dumbing Down of the American Mind,” by Doug Soderstrom, states that there is a very dangerous phenomenon occurring in the United States of America. It is the willful tendency for Americans to forgo reality in favor of believing what they want to believe. The author, Doug, uses irony and sarcasm to voice out his opinion about the Bush-Cheney administration, and somehow relates it to the five reasons he gave why we are in the state of “dumbing-down.” According to Doug, the unwillingness to learn of this generation, the tendency of our country to compartmentalize their religious belief from science and philosophy, and the procurement of freedom with the expense of responsibility and the interest in the needs of others
In contrast with Whitman's poem, Hughes sends his message about America with rhyme and some imagery. He demonstrates his resentful and negative tone as being disappointed with America. For example, he writes, “Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed” (Hughes). Depicting that America is not what everyone believes it to be. By saying this, Hughes implies that America isn’t truly united and free.
In citing reasons why any immigrant would want to come to America, “People forsake their homeland and move to another country for various reasons. Some people emigrate to avoid starvation. Some seek adventure. Others wish to escape unbearable family situations. Still others desire to be reunited with loved ones” (Bryant).
Having the capability of making decisions and purusing life goals. Foreigners view America as a gateway into a new life, a chance to start over. Millions of Americans have achieved the American dream, but they are unaware of it. Americans are blinded by the issues within America, that they forget how fortunate they are. America does provide access to the American dream, when the dream is defined as freedom and
In Richard Rodriguez’s memoir Brown: The Last Discovery of America, he explicates America’s transition from a ‘greening environment’ to the future of ‘browning.’ The paradox will become the future, and social standards will subside as a new dominant categorization emerges. He exploits that the stigma created by other countries of America as the golden state is false when it comes to the reality of categorization, and discrimination of minorities and those who do not conform to the social normalities in the United States. He makes the reader question their culture and identity as he searches for his own. Because of Rodriguez’s application of pathos and logos throughout his memoir, it allows the reader insight on his journey to find his identity
Most people dream about sudden trips to exotic lands or planned voyages to previously familiar locations, but what is it that drives us to seek to leave our home? Why is it that we travel, even if we are completely comfortable in the country we live in? Pico Iyer, in his travel essay titled ‘Why We Travel’ states different reasons why he believes we seek the unknown. One of the points he claims that we travel for the “self and anonymity”. As he expands on this idea, it is clear to the reader that Iyer believes one of the reasons we travel is to be able to be “free of caste and job and standing” in order to better comprehend ourselves.
The American dream is just a dream which can’t be implemented in the real world. While writing The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald described the actions of the human society by critiquing the high class and low class ultimately providing his view towards the American dream in 1920s. Throughout the book; “The Great Gatsby”, American dream is shown to be a corrupted dream that leads to destruction. Myrtle, Gatsby and Daisy are 3 main characters who have significantly shown to be corrupted and destroyed by this dream. The desire for high status and luxurious life is what draws Myrtle into establishing a relationship with Tom.