The American Dream Is a Myth

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The American Dream Myth or Reality? America has always been known as this symbolic land of freedom that can offer a fresh start. A place where people of any gender or race can live out their aspirations without any problem, but is any of that actually true? America is plagued with: poverty, unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcy, corruption, deceit, divorce, etc. Even in the initial founding of the United States there was separation in the opportunities presented to individuals. How can a country with the same problems as all the others also be a productive safe haven? The American dream is a myth due to the never ending issues within society, especially for the minorities. Immigration has always been popular for America out of “230 million people around the world living outside the country of their birth, 46 million of them in the United States” (Clark). A massive variety of people take the opportunity to come to America and start a life here for themselves and/or their families. Undeniably the environment here is much better for raising a family, and the threats are fewer. However, this does not alter the fact that the American social structure makes it extremely difficult for immigrants to succeed. This “dream land” the United States is known for being is simply failing, and a lie for the majority of foreign citizens. Pat Mora’s poem entitled Immigrants is a very accurate representation of this point. In her writing she describes the general emotions and actions of families who have moved to America from spanish and polish speaking countries. Mora has a very interesting way of capturing many immigrant parents concerns about raising their child as a “fine american boy” or a “fine american girl” (Mora) by the standards set by the society around them. As mentioned earlier the United States definately does not make it easy for immigrants to create a life,
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