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Radu Pirosca

What is this “American Dream”?
Read this below passage describing the concept of the American Dream. Then, respond to the
definition by either agreeing or disagreeing with these points of view. Feel free to share
your own definition of “the dream” and what it means to you. This will be my first opportunity to
see your skill as a writer, so take some time to organize your ideas into at least two separate

What is the American Dream? (from The Library of Congress)
James Truslow Adams, in his book The Epic of America, which was written in 1931, stated that the American dream is
"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 classes to interpret adequately, and
too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages
merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of
which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous
circumstances of birth or position." (p.214-215)
The authors of the United States’ Declaration of Independence held certain truths to be self-evident: 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." Might this sentiment be considered the foundation of the American Dream?
Were homesteaders who left the big cities of the east to find happiness and their piece of land in the unknown
wilderness pursuing these inalienable Rights? Were the immigrants who came to the United States looking for their
bit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their Dream? And what did the desire of the veteran of World War II - to
settle down, to have a home, a car and a family - tell us about this evolving Dream? Is the American Dream attainable
by all Americans?
Some say, that the American Dream has become the pursuit of material prosperity - that people work more hours to
get bigger cars (MUCH BIGGER CARS), fancier homes, the fruits of prosperity for their families - but have less time
to enjoy their prosperity. Others say that the American Dream is beyond the grasp of the working poor who must work
two jobs to insure their family’s survival. Yet others look toward a new American Dream with less focus on financial
gain and more emphasis on living a simple, fulfilling life.
Thomas Wolfe said, "…to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity ….the right to live, to
work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him."
Is this your American Dream?

I don’t agree with the points said in the previous paragraph, mostly because my idea of the American Dream is
different than the one proposed in this text.

Americans don’t need to move. Living in America means that when you look on the internet and see a medical discovery. as more and more smart people see the lack of potential of their country and go to a better place. and look up too. Another part of the American Dream is the ability to be the first. They don’t see people from all over the world look down on them and call them names when they hear the country they come from. or scientists. It’s respect. They don’t see families starve together after a flood because there isn’t enough many to give funds to all the affected people. The American Dream is living in a place that people respect. it talked about the desire of earning bigger wages. Living in America also means not having to knock on door to door and go from school to school. when all the future of the world is moving to the USA. why would you stay behind? . buying things and living a richer life. I can’t wait when it will finally reach my country. They don’t see parents leaving their children to work in Spain or Italy because the salaries are too low and there are not enough jobs. For a teenagers. and you need money for the airplane ticket. Also. begging for money because your sister has a disease that can only be treated in the USA. And it is. a place that is thought to be wonderful. Countries from all over the world are seeing all their youth just leaving. They don’t feel the pressing need to leave their country. degrading into a dirty wasteland. The only reason for learning another language is for living in another country. four years from now”. The biggest proof is the number of americans that are not fluent in any other language. you don’t need to think: “Wow. because the USA treats them better. like the USA.Radu Pirosca The text focused on two main ideas: materialistic desires and equality. Because. and lawyers. it as lived up to its name. and investing time and resources into education. Why? They don’t need to be. For me. enlarging the gap between America and all the other places. the American Dream is people understanding that you are their future. just the good students that will probably become doctors. or just a new piece of technology come out. Meanwhile. and more fun place for you. the American Dream is much simpler. all that remains in the other countries are the teens that have not work enough. and making the world a better. It is a place that the whole world has heard about. they don’t feel their country slowly withering away. But not all the teens. in the end. The author says that people think of the Dream as an equal chance for everybody to achieve their full potential. and entrepreneurs.