American Dream Essays

The True Meaning of the American Dream

The American dream has been changing over the past many years with many meaning to many people. One would think that the American Dream is about owning a large house in a quiet suburb with many luxurious automobiles parked in the driveway. Additionally going to vacations and being able to purchase countless items without hesitation has been part of the American dream. However, the American dream is not about materialistic goals only. Although one can achieve whatever they want to…

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The New American Dreamers

1. “She is the prototype of todays young Woman-confident, outgoing, knowledgeable, involved” 1. Today’s young women are the first generation to take for granted that they, like men, deserve their fair share of the American Dream. Success has become a coveted symbol of identity in an era of “fragmented family life, insecure, often transient work relationships, and a vanishing sense of community. The increasing economic burdens on today’s young women limit their ability to fulfill these expectations 2. “The new…

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American Dream & Movies

Both of these movies clearly have something to say about the concept of the American Dream and the way that people choose to live their lives. American History X is a much darker film that explores the many and varied ways that we are taught to hate. Stereotypes, prejudices, and racism are so much a part of everyday life that we are literally taught these things at the dinner table. Crash, on the other hand, shows a myriad of Americans…

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The Triumph of the Egg by Sherwood Anderson

“The Triumph of the Egg,” a story written by Sherwood Anderson depicts the struggle of a middle class family in pursuit of the American dream. The title presents a metonymy in that the egg represents the family itself, thus the whole story zeroes in on the triumph of the characters. The story is narrated by a first person narrator, who talks about the struggles of his parents in order to make a good living and prepare for his education. From…

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The Distance Between Us

The term “The American Dream” is very broad with many meanings and certainly broader than any single statistic can measure; however we all our own definition of that. Some would say it is building their dream house, going to college, being wealthy, or just having a family. While Reyna Grande’s memoir, The Distance Between Us it became clear that term defines most people no matter where you were legally born, how much money you have, or the family you were…

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Death of a Salesman Idealism and Truth

?Idealism describes the belief or pursuit of a perfect vision often based upon unrealistic principles. This pursuit is often contrasted and opposed by truth. The truth and reality in an individual’s life is what enables this person to remain grounded and down to earth. An individual must set themselves high expectations in order to be their best, but they must also acknowledge the fact that everything they desire is not achievable. The imbalance of idealism and truth in an individual’s…

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All a Bout Me

The pursuit of the American Dream is sought after by many. Most people feel that America is the land of opportunity. Because of these opportunities, America gives us a chance to make our dream a reality. My American Dream is to have a good career. Having my dream career is important to me because it will make my life easier, help me stay responsible, and will never feel like an actual job. If you love what you do, then you…

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The Lion and the Jewel

INSTRUCTIONS: Read the notes for the play ‘the lion and the jewel. Answer the questions which follow. Spectacle The term literally means when someone draws attention to themselves or creates a show. It is an event that is memorable for the appearance that it creates. Example #1 One of our first examples of spectacle is when Sadiku dances around a tree with the Bale’s image in hand, page 33, in celebration of the fact that she has scotched the Bale…

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Tortilla Curtain by U.s. Author T.c. Boyle

The American Dream is defined in many ways in both of these works of literature.  What is the American Dream?  It is the idea that with hard work anyone can succeed in this country.  Succeeding is mostly defined in materialistic terms, like having a house in the suburbs, a new car, etc.  The American Dream is also about being able to support a family in a more-than-basic way.  It may also be defined as living a fulfilling life but of…

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Analysis of the Sam Shepard’s Play Buried Child

In my paper I am going to analyze one of the Sam Shepards play. Its name sounds depressive but it completely fulfils the main idea of the play – Buried Child. From the information I read about the author I deduced that he wrote it on the basis of his own personal experience in his childhood. Sam Shepard grew up on the farm in California and was a member of a broken family because his father was an alcoholic. The…

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The Tortilla Curtain Novel by T.c. Boyle

      The American Dream as generally defined is the idea of working one’s way up the ladder of life. It is the idea that an American can start with nothing or an immigrant can come here with nothing and with some hard work and determination, can have all the things he/she ever wanted. The American dream began as Horatio Alger story and ends up meaning suburbanites driving in their Lexus’s from their mansions.  What this means is that while immigrants came here for…

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The American Dream Reflection

The American Dream is a social ideal life of the US that involves prosperity and happiness for a family. The Grapes of Wrath narrates the situation the Joad Family has to go through to pursue their dreams during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. The Joads had to travel all the way to California from Oklahoma to try and achieve a new prosperous life. In Long Day’s Journey into Night, Tyrone’s family basically only lacked happiness and unity as…

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Tj Eckleburg

The eyes of TJ Eckleburg symbolizes the destruction of the American Dream. Evidence: Billboard fading, Main characters going into NYC to commit corruption and the Eyes looking upon the death of Myrtle. Like spiritual values, the billboard is neglected. “But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days, under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground”. “This is a valley of ashes – a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and…

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The Elusive American Dream of Cather and Fitzgerald

It has been said that F. Scott Fitzgerald first drafted the 1925 masterpiece The Great Gatsby in response to Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady.  While Fitzgerald’s literary intentions remain a matter of subjective speculation, it is, however, a well-known and documented fact that in 1924 Fitzgerald read A Lost Lady during his initial drafting of The Great Gatsby.  The influence A Lost Lady had upon Fitzgerald was profound enough to compel him to send a letter of praise, requesting permission…

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