The Grapes Of Wrath American Dream Analysis

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The American Dream is what many people attempt to achieve today. The 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 or achievement regardless of social class or birth." (Truslow Adams 214,215) In "The Grapes of Wrath", the Joad family has to overcome adversity due to "The Dust Bowl." This causes the family to migrate towards California, due to the dust storms that causes an enormous drought, and a damaged ecology. In the play "A Raisin in the Sun", the Younger family also has to overcome obstacles, due to them moving into a white neighborhood. They constantly face racial segregation, but they still attempt to pursue their dreams. These novels lead me to believe that The American Dream is alive and well. If The American Dream wasn't alive, then these families wouldn't attempt…show more content…
However, it seems like a mere fantasy due to Walter's personality. He attempts to provide money for his family, but he doesn't consider the family's opinion. He just focuses on getting money, and not making everyone happy. Although, it seems like only a small obstacle is in their way, the Younger family decides to move out of their apartment and into a new house. In the story, Mr. Lindner attempts to persuade the Younger family to not move into the new house, for the neighborhood is an all white neighborhood. Now, not only are the Younger family's dreams in the way but racial segregation. In the story, the Younger family constantly faces racism. Through all the racism, the family still thrives to pursue their dreams. They respond to the discrimination with strength in order to prosper. They continuously stand up for their dreams, and looks it dead in the eye. This story leads me to believe that the American Dream is more than alive, for people strive everyday to achieve their dreams. It's their opinion of the American Dream, and no one can ever take that away from

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