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The American Dream Essay

  • Submitted by: fallingintopeace
  • on November 15, 2010
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,132 words

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Although the United States is a ‘melting pot’ of many different cultures and backgrounds, there is one aspect that connects us all as a people. This is the American Dream, the dream upon which our country was founded upon.   The settlers from Europe back in the 1600s didn’t know what they were getting into when they came to America, but they had the dream of creating a better life for themselves and their family. This in essence is the dream of all people, but it is most relevant in the American culture. This theme is very prominent in the three summer reading books, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, but each book shows it in a different way.
The Grapes of Wrath portrays the struggle of man to succeed in life. Out of desperation, the Joads left their home in Oklahoma to find a better life. In the beginning, they thought all would be well once they reached California, the place of their dreams. ""Up ahead they's a thousan' lives we might live, but when it comes, it'll on'y be one" (Steinbeck 158). As the family ventured on, they heard the horror stories of the lives they were to lead once they reached their destination, but they continued on because they really had no other option. On the way, the Joads meet up with the Wilsons. The two families travel along the road together, helping each other out. Ma claims, "I'm learnin' one thing good ... If you're in trouble or hurt or need-go to poor people. They're the only ones that'll help" (Steinbeck 483). The hope for the future relies on people helping others of their "own kind", and sticking together. As long as you have hope, the human spirit won’t die, and you can keep moving on.
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald depicts the era of the 1920s as a time filled with low moral, vapid dreams and pursuits. Nick spoke to Gatsby of the people "They're a rotten crowd....You're worth the whole damn bunch put together" (Fitzgerald...

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