American Dream Essay

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Stephen Kerstein Mr. Williams AP English 9 April 2014 Reality For Some Opportunity For All “I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto, "Anyone can cook." But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great [cook]; but a great [cook] can come from anywhere” (Ratatouille). From the depths of Chef Gusteau’s Parisian Dining room, Anton Ego delivers the above quotation in the Disney Pixar movie Ratatouille. While ironically French, the point conveyed in the quote provides much inspiration for my view of the American dream. Coined by James Truslow Adams in 1931, the term American Dream holds different meanings to different people. In spite of varying definitions, the theme of success rings true for all Americans and it is here that I find the connection between the fictional Anton Ego and my own view of the American Dream. For the epiphany he reached with the true meaning of Gusteau’s “Anyone can cook” parallels my view on the American Dream: not everyone will achieve the American Dream, but a person that does achieve the America Dream can come from anywhere. What do you see when you look at your car? I see a four-door, powder blue minivan. Maybe you see a jet-black sedan or a cherry red pickup truck, but at the end of the day almost all American families own some kind of car. Henry Ford, with his Model T Ford, dreamt of the day when an automobile would sit in the driveway of every American household and, for the most part, that dream has become a reality. The car has become a symbol of mobility in America, literally and figuratively a vehicle to take us to a better place. In the movie Good Will Hunting, born into poverty in South Boston, and stuck into a dead end job, Will Hunting struggles to find happiness in his life. Through the help of both new and old friends, Sean and Chucky, Will’s mind

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