American Dream

American Dream Dreams of becoming an absolute Individual, living a carefree life, hoping for freedom, searching for unlimited options, and living without Judgment and discrimination all cross different individual’s minds throughout their journey in life. All are thought of and considered to be a part of each of their American Dreams. The American dream is a term used so broadly and often changes from person to person and within different ages. It can be used in numerous ways but essentially the American dream is an idea that anyone who works hard, and obtains the potential to live happily, will eave a successful life.

Lesson to be learned Is that people always change. Not only do people change but their ideas and the way they see things around them change as well. Every individual has their own look at what a successful life includes. The American Dream is classified as the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American or a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U. S. The American Dream was deferent between two famous people back In the late fifties or early sixties.

First, Martin Luther King Jar had said he no longer wanted segregation to exist in American. His dream differed from John F. Kennedy’s in such Kennedy wanted to united States to run in a smooth manner and come together as one. The American Dreams are unalike within time and thought from altering perspective. The dream is changed from person to person such as Denies Dugout’s and Scott Russell Sanders. Souza said Immigrants thought of Americans having everything they wanted and had the desire of coming to American.

Sanders on the other hand wished to have a life Like a woman. All four people had different dreams to get them to their successful lives. A good beginning makes for a good end. Working hard to get what is desired gets things accomplished with a high held head. John F. Kennedy’s American Dream was for the united States to come together and run smoothly in order to reach goals. In Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” essay, Kennedy talks about how we should accept others and help each other out. Let every nation know, whether It wishes us well or Ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to sure the survival and the success of Kennedy was determined to see his dream come true. His main declaration was to not be discouraged by compromise. He states in his essay, “Let us never negotiate out of gear. But let us fear to negotiate” (483). Without negotiation and compromise Kennedy may not have accomplished his goal. Kennedy taught many a lesson of compromise without even trying.

Every day, somewhere In the world, people are negotiating In order to find solutions to their Issues. As Jane Wells says, “Learn the wisdom of compromise, for It is better to bend a little than to break. Ever heard the saying, Water others the way you want to be treated”? Every day people are walking the streets being judged by the color of their skin. “l Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jar. Is one of the most memorable speeches of all time. King had a dream to end all segregation and wants people to open their eyes and realize that all are deferent and should be accepted.

In nation where they will not be Judged by color of their skin but by the content of their character” (487). Yet time has changed and people have too, there are still people that Judge by a person’s skin or race. Even though we may face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed- we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal” (487). Kings dream is slowly coming more and more alive through time.

Discrimination is a disease that can’t be tamed. Not only do people Judge people by the color of their skin, some are tormented for their sexualities. Bob Summers’ American Dream deals with him wanting to be accepted for being gay. Summers writes an essay called “Oak Ridge, Tennessee”, expressing how he felt left out Just because he was not straight. He was set apart from his East Tennessee community all because of his homosexuality. “The only things I excelled in were checking out library books, mural painting, and going to movies, usually alone (37).

Summers was not into sports all that much but the other boys were so he would memorize sports scores and batting averages Just to impress his male classmates and his father with sports knowledge. Summer eventually finds a boy named Jack that he can relate to and walk o classes with. “We never grew to be best friends, but we did become well- acquainted enough to trade sly Jokes in the hallway between classes” (37). Summers wanted to be accepted and be comfortable in his shoes but it was not until he met Jack that he was able to do so.

Summers American Dream was to be recognized for who he was not by his sexuality. You always want what you can’t have. For most it’s you want what others have that you do not. Observing another’s life and comparing it to your own, leads you to wanting not what you already have but more. In the essay, “The Men We Carry in Our Minds,” Scott Russell Sanders discusses the roles men and women played back in earlier years. Typically the men were the working ones, whether it outside farming or building, etc.

Women were in charge taking care of the kids, cleaning up, feeding the family, and anything to help out their households. When growing up Sanders did not wish to grow up and be like the men. Instead he wanted to live the life of a woman. He would watch his father slave over the farm. “Worked all day long whatever the weather, and when they came home at night they looked as though somebody had en whipping them” (295). Meanwhile his mother would stay inside taking care of the house and children.

Sanders states in the essay, “Before college, the only people I had ever known who were interested in art or music or literature, the only ones who read books, the only ones who ever seemed to enjoy a sense of ease and grace were the mothers and daughters” (297). During college Sanders learned that not only did he want the life of the women but women wished to be like the men because “fathers made decisions that mattered. They ran the world” (297). Not every person wants hat they get in life, but all can make an effort to get where they want to be. This is where your American Dream comes into play.

If a desire is so high that an individual’s belief will make their life more successful and happy, they will push until they meet their goal. The American Dream to a lot of people includes happiness, freedom, and most immigrants want to come to America due to the money. Souza states “As for immigrants, they allegedly flock to the United States for the sole purpose of getting rich” (435). Not only does America have money but it has more opportunities to make living because of the number of Jobs and has more freedom. People view America as a better place then where they are living as immigrants. The newcomer who see America for the first time typically experiences emotions that alternate between wonder and delight” (436). America sounds like the flawless and ideal place to live. Souza mentions the difference between America and other countries by saying, “Here is a country where everything works: the words are clean and paper smooth, the highway signs are clear and accurate, the public toilets function properly, when you kick up telephone you get a dial tone, you can even buy things from the store and then take them back” (436).

Coming to America is often a goal for others are the world and in many individuals “American Dream”. There are many different ways to classify people such as class. Each and every class whether it may be upper class, middle class, or class, all have unique ways of going about things. In Floyd Dell’s essay, “My Sixth Christmas”, he talks about what living in the lower class was like. The only catch was Dell did not realize he was a part of the lower class himself until the end of the essay. That was it. I was one of those poor children I had been sorry for, when I heard about them in Sunday school” (20).

Dell had finally picked up on the clues such as eating the same thing for dinner every night, his shoes were completely worn down and were not able to receive new ones, he didn’t attend school in the fall, and his siblings were sent off to a relatives house. Dell believed that where you start out in life is relevant to your end point. Immediately Dell’s American Dream changed, now all he wanted was to not be a poor boy. American Dreams can change right before your eyes within a few moments cause of an event.

The American Dream is changeable from person to person and event to event. The American Dream is nothing but a general term that cannot be classified as only one real meaning. Each and everything person has a different dream and perspective on what an American Dream is to them. The American Dream changes from each person within different ages and places. The American Dream has not changed, the perspectives of it has. Many things such as race, sexuality, and class all play into what each individuals American Dream becomes.

American Dream

People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they’re all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error. ” (King, Florence. ) Is this statement not showing the reality of the world during the time of the Great Depression? The American Dream was created with the promise of land, success, and prosperity. It gave the people of America the hope to believe that they can achieve anything they dream to be.

As the forefathers of the Declaration of Independence had said, “It constitutes life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. ” This has all changed after the Depression. Of course the statement above is true! How could you obtain something so irrationally absurd at a time where there is nothing! John Steinbeck, author of the book Of Mice and Men, wrote about this universal thought. The works To a Mouse and Of Mice and Men claim that the American Dream is always unsuccessful and will only bring disappointment and devastation through the experiences of characters ND/or comparable objects or organisms.

Robert Burns, author of To a Mouse, used a mouse’s success after a tragic accident to show that dreaming and over-thinking will often cause failure. A mouse is a productive creature. Since its mind is so small, it does not think, Its relies on instinct. This Is why they are so successful in survival. Mankind Santos 2 does the exact opposite. Robert Burns understood this and explained. “l backward cast my eye on prospects turned to sadness! And though forward I cannot see, I guess and fear! ” Mankind is nothing at all productive.

Robert Burns knew that unmans tend to over-think before acting. They think of every possibility of failure and every possibility of success and then dwell on these thoughts so much that they lose their sight of success and then fail. Because of this, they are blinded with their doubts and dreams. As a result, the reality and actual possibility of success Is lost. Not only does dreaming and heavy thinking lead to failure, It also shows that “the best laid schemes of mice and men oft go awry and leave us nothing but grief and pain instead of promised Joy! Burns explains that no matter how long a person loud spend planning and exacting every single detail in a quest to fulfill a dream, it will always result in dreadful pain and unhappiness. To a Mouse ends Its perspective with thoughts that dreaming and heavy thinking will bring failure and pain from the loss of promised Joy. Such philosophical statements are similar to that of the piece Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck writes about the fundamental viewpoint that the American Dream brings nothing but false hope, failure, and devastating results through the experiences of Leonie, George, and Curler’s Wife In Of Mice and Men.

Curler’s Wife pent most of her life on the ranch In lonely Isolation and unhappiness. She had one becoming a famous actress, touring with shows. For the longest time she dwelt on the two chances she had in life to become one. The first when she was fifteen, an actor had told her that she could go and tour towns with his show but her mother didn’t let her. The other with a man who promised her a letter writing to her about her career. She was twice fed with the possibilities of achieving her dream, but then sorely let down. She had told Leonie, “l don’t like Curler.

He into a nice fell. Could been in the movies, an’ had nice clothes- all them nice clothes like they wear… Because Santos 3 this guy says I was a natural. ” Clearly, her dream is holding her back. The dream brought nothing but failure. She can’t even be happy anymore because all she can think about is what she would’ve had, what she would’ve been, and how wonderful it would have been if she achieved the dream that falsely gave her hope. Any woman not weighted down by the American dream would immediately realize how much Curler’s Wife takes for granted. She doesn’t have to work.

She doesn’t have to trudge to feed herself. She doesn’t have to worry about anything a middle-class woman or lower would have to deal with during the Great Depression. That alone can show how a dream will only bring pain, disappointment, and grief. Leonie and George also had a dream. They were going to own acres and acres of land. They were going to own a ranch with cows, a pig, chickens, and rabbits that Leonie would tend. They were so close to achieving their goal with the money they gathered to buy the land! John Steindler purposefully ended with George having to do the most heartbreaking irreversible.

He described it as “the hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger. ” Leonie ended up dying in the end! The dream had failed of course. Just as the intricately formulated plan of buying the land had been formed, in Just a snap of the neck and shoot of the gun, it perished under the worst of results. John Steindler incorporated his thoughts of the American dream with these outcomes; Curler’s Wife spent the rest of her life unhappily dwelling on the ‘what-ifs’ of her dream and George tragically lost Lien’s life and their dream.

Both pieces show the tragic negative results that occur because of the American Dream. Of Mice and Men and To a Mouse inherently explain the success of instinct before thought and the tragic occurrences that will always take place because of the American Dream and the false hope it gives its victims. It is only inferred that you must give up a dream, as George had done in the end, in order to obtain happiness, success, and true appreciation for what is already given in life, because obviously the American Dream does nothing but create expectations that are never able to be made.