Season Essay

359 WordsMar 25, 20122 Pages
While reading this book, I really was able to put myself in the story, and live Dick’s life with him. This typical story of “Rags to Riches”, is a general theme for many people’ lives. Today, as well as back in the 1800’s when the story was written, many everybody’s dream is to achieve success. This formally became known as “The American Dream”. Although this may seem strange for everyone to have the same idea, it really isn’t when you look at it with an open perspective. Each and every person’s perception of success is extremely different and individual, which makes everyone’s dreams different. There may be people who strive for big goals, and there may be others who take it one day at a time, achieving happiness on a less formal level. In comparing the time period of the story to our society today, I seem to find many similarities and differences. I think that the word “success” alone can be thought to have a completely different meaning today than it did in the 1800’s. I think that in today’s world, people tend to set much higher goals and expectations for themselves, whereas, in Ragged Dick, it was more of a day-to-day type situation. I think that as far as achieving success and happiness, it should be each to his own. When people set smaller, more realistic goals, it results in more happiness and comfort in their lifestyle. However, in today’s world, Americans have become so incredibly competitive and successful , that the standards have been significantly raised to the point where personal happiness is no longer good enough. I guess when you sit back and look at the whole picture, you can end up changing your perspective continuously, but I think that after reading a novel like Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick, you subconsciously make yourself realize the important underlying message that he is trying to portray. To me, this message is to always be

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