Grasping the Dream Essay

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People struggle determining what the American Dream is. No one can clearly define what the American dream is but can only describe what it means to them. Many say the American Dream is coming to America to have the many opportunities and live their lives in riches. Others demonstrate that the American Dream is being treated fairly and equally, no matter what race, color skin, and family they come from. Those who are blessed enough to be born in a life of wealth and comfortable livelihood may not be able to grasp the meaning of the American Dream, but others who struggle in life and are restrained by the opportunities that did not come their way, tend to understand what the American Dream is. Dinesh D’Souza, author of “Becoming American,” firmly grasps the meaning and idea behind the American Dream. Born in India, D’Souza is a witness and a victim of economic differences. Immigrating to America with his family, D’Souza is able to enjoy all the wonderful experiences the American Dream has to offer. Although D’Souza, Wright, and Cofer all have different perceptions of the American Dream, each author is united by their belief that achieving the dream is possible through hard work and individual effort. Born in India, Dinesh D’Souza’s destiny is written from childhood. If he is to remain in India, D’Souza explains that he would have to become a chemical engineer like his father. D’Souza states that he would be married to a woman of identical backgrounds and would have a life of a one-mile radius of where he was born. Arriving to America, D’Souza’s destiny changes rapidly and unexpectedly. D’Souza is hired as a senior domestic policy analyst and met his future wife at the Reagan Administration, who is not a woman of similar religion and cultural background. Dinesh D’Souza strongly believes, “In America your destiny is not prescribed; it is constructed” (345). D’Souza

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