American Dream Essay

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An "American Dream" is something that many people want to accomplish when they come to America for the first time or just when they live here. Someone that has an American Dream can mean that they want freedom, equal rights, a better life, happiness, or overcome poverty. Ruth from The Color of Water by James McBride and Chino from Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez both had a dream. That dream was to give both of their families a better life and to do something better with their lives. Many people have an American dream but only few people succeed with there dream like Ruth and Chino. In "The Color of Water" by James McBride Ruth struggled through many things Ruth came from Poland with her Jewish family to America. Ruth's family was in seek of a new life but Ruth wanted to make her own life. She wanted to become someone new and escape her family’s traditions and rituals. "My real name is Rachel, which in Yiddish is Ruckla, but I used the name Ruth around white folks because it didn't sound to Jewish." [Page 80] Ruth changed her name because she wanted to be accepted to this new world that she had no idea of. She didn't want anyone knowing that she was Jewish. But little did she know that it wasn’t going to be that easy. As Ruth made her new life she married twice to two African Americans and had twelve kids. As her kids grew Ruth had many expectations towards them, she wanted them to graduate college and have a better life then she did. Ruth had so many expectations for her kids because she never had the chance to finish school because of her selfish dad who only wanted her to take care of her sick mother and the store they owned. Ruth never told her kids that she was Jewish or about her family she didn’t want them to know she would always ignore the question when her kids would ask her if she was white. Ruth would always tell them “mind your business” especially

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