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American Dream Essay

  • Submitted by: jfish02
  • on December 1, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,031 words

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The American dream doesn’t have a clear - cut definition, because everyone can have his or her own American dream. The basic definition for society as a whole is that if you work hard, are loyal, and dedicated to your job that you will be successful, but modern times have shown this to not be true. We like to believe that anyone can make it big in America but that is usually not the case. Wall street's corrupt elite has gotten away almost with impunity, to the corruption of the American dream and the ongoing burden of the middle class.  When arguing about the American dream you're really arguing about what is fair, right and decent.  We like to believe that if you work hard you will be rewarded for that work, but experience shows that life is much more random than that; good does not always prevail and the evil man can live a life of privilege and luxury.  Deep down the American dream is tied with our sense of justice.
When thinking about the American dream, two books/plays come to mind, The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. These two stories focus on the central theme of the American dream. The Great Gatsby is keyed around the rich life style. Though Gatsby dies in the book, he became rich by bootlegging alcohol and other illegal acts. This is one example of what I said previously, that the bad people could live a life of privilege and luxury, while the good people scrounge to make a living and provide for themselves and family. In Death of a salesman, the main character, Willy, eventually kills himself because he was unhappy with himself, mostly dealing with the death of his son, and the faulty airplanes me made for the army. This is an example of being wealthy doesn’t always make you happy in the end.
In my opinion, there should be no American dream. The idea of the American dream can cause people to take part in corrupt acts to obtain happiness. When it comes to the end of someone’s life, happiness...

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