The American Dream Still Alive Analysis

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“American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability and achievement, regardless of social class or circumstances or birth,” stated by James Truslow Adams (King par. 1). Brandon King, author of “The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on Hold?” believes that the American Dream is very much alive. King states in paragraph 1, “…but I say that it’s more alive and important than ever--- and that it is the key to climbing out of the Great Recession, overcoming inequality, and achieving true prosperity.” I agree with Brandon King. I believe the American Dream is still alive because it is our only way out of the Great Recession, forming equality,…show more content…
For example, one of the King’s resources states, “Despite the harshness of the Great Recession, a 2009 New York Times survey found that 72 percent of American’s still believed it was possible to start poor, work hard, and become rich in America,” Seelye stated (King par. 2). Not only does King believe in the American Dream, but so does 72 percent of Americans, including myself. The American Dream still exists but note the same way it was once seen as. For example, King states in paragraph 2, “Living the American Dream meant going from dirt poor to filthy rich and becoming more than you could have ever imagine. Today, most people do not strive for a rags-to-riches transition, and instead prefer a stable, middle-class lifestyle, one in which they can focus on saving money for the future and having secure employment.” The American Dream evolves to fit society’s needs and wants, just as we evolve to the world’s changes. In order to get out of the Great Recession we had to change the dream. The dream is different but it doesn’t mean that the American Dream is dead. Some may say that all the changes that we have made is due to the Great Recession. King states, “Ofcourse, some will be quick to say that these changes have only come about as a result of the greed and corruption of the rich and powerful,” (par. 9). The changes aren’t because of the outcome of…show more content…
I believe the dream is alive. The American Dream is the key to getting out of the Great Recession, forming equality, and helping people achieve success. King states, ”While these losses, combined with admittedly high unemployment in the past few years, have contributed to seemingly dismal prospects for prosperity in the United States, I believe that the ideals and values of the American Dream are still very much alive,” (par.1). The ideas of the American Dream are what makes people keep going. There was nothing else to believe in after the Great Recession except for the American Dream. What caused people to keep pushing for a better life? Was it simply greet that made them fight for their future? I don’t believe you can have a better life by being greedy. If the American Dream was truly dead, then now and why would people continue to find ways to become successful? The answer is simple: believe in the American

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