American Dream Essay

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Living in America usually gets associated with the ideal of the American Dream that everyone has an opportunity. Based on the original definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams attaining the Dream meant that “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” disregarding social distinctions or any birth rights. This means that everyone has an opportunity for success. Through this definition I believe that attaining the American Dream is still possible today. In “A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood” Richard Rodriguez tells the experience of how his parents immigrated to America from Mexico. In his story his parents were given the opportunity to come America and “coped very well in America. My father had steady work. My mother managed at home. Optimism and ambition led them to a house (our home) many blocks from the Mexican south side of town.”(The Language of Composition P.510) If you look at this through Adams’ definition, the author’s parents were successful in attaining the American Dream. They were given the opportunity in coming to America and through hard work and ambition were able to succeed in living in America. In this case their lives became better due to their abilities in making it happen. The attainability of the American Dream is also expressed in Kennedy’s inaugural address where he says that, “to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty.” (Paragraph 10) Kennedy says this as a promise that America will lead its people out of poverty or at least give everyone the opportunity to. This reflects the belief that America is the land of opportunity which is also symbolized by the Statue of Liberty. Earlier in Kennedy’s address he says that his inauguration is “a celebration of freedom” showing that Kennedy believes in true freedom in

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