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The American Dream

The American Dream is being able to do whatever you want. The feeling of want for something better than what you already have. Anyone who has ever thought that they deserved a promotion or bought a lottery ticket, has at one point in their lives thought about something better for themselves. If they hadn’t, then they would not have tried to get the new corner office space, or win that million-dollar prize. The idea of the American Dream still has truth in today’s time, even if it is wealth, love, or fame. The thing that never changes about the American Dream is that everyone deserves something in life and everyone, somehow, strives to get it.

Many people think that the Grapes of Wrath is a novel about the migrant farm workers in the 1900’s. This is only partially true. Though the novel’s focus is on the migrant workers, it is really the story of each man’s search of the American Dream. The American Dream shows that each man has the right to strive for happiness. Although they might not ever find it, they will be better off for trying it. I did not especially like the Grapes of Wrath when I read it, but now I realize looking back on it that it is deep, thoughtful, and worth reading at least once in everyone’s lifetime.

Everyone in America wants to make some kind of financial success in their life. Sometimes living in a society makes many people become too worldly. This causes many Americans to be very greedy. This is all in search of the American dream. For most people, this high status is very hard to get. In Lorraine Hansberry’s, A Raisin in the Sun, she shows an African-American family struggling to get out of the poverty which is stopping them from making financial stability, or the American Dream. Its main focus is on Walter’s effort to make it, or be somebody. She also shows how race, prejudice, and economic problems effect a black mans role in his family, how he provides, and his identity.

In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, you see the American Dream through a cry for freedom. This story is about a woman who fights for her right to express what she feels, and for her right to do what she wants to do. The narrator in this story is a woman whose husband loves her very much, but abuses her to the point where she cannot take it anymore. As she finds out the meaning of the yellow wallpaper, she starts to change. By the end, the last thing she can do is rip up the wallpaper, and help the woman in the wall to become free. She wants to help herself to become free. She sits and waits for her husband to come to confront him. She wants to reach her goal of freedom, to not be restrained anymore.

I have many dreams for the future. First, I have to complete high school. My senior year is the last year that I can be a “kid,” and I plan to make the best of it. I hopefully will get lots of scholarships to pay my way through college. I plan on attending the University of Kansas and majoring in elementary education. My talent with children will be put to use when I complete my college education. I will probably come back to Sedgwick County and find a nice job. I would like to get married and have lots of children. Someday I will get old and have my children and grandchildren beside me knowing that in my life I have experienced my dream and wouldn’t change anything for the world.