This quote above makes you think of the times that immigrants arrived to America via ship to Ellis Island. The way I think of this quote is that yes i'm coming to America to start a new life, but it wont be easy at all. The streets have everything a person could want. Near me I have malls, restaurants, movies, jobs etc. and really, I don’t have to work incredibly hard to get these things, because thank god I’m in good hands. In reality for these immigrants, they went through really tough times to just make a living. The immigrants saw all of these great things just waiting for them on the streets, but they had to work really hard just to get just even a loaf of bread for their families.
The immigrants who said “the streets are paved with gold-they aren’t paved at all, and I am expected to pave them”, knew that when they arrived to America and after going through Ellis Island that this journey wasn’t going to be easy, but very hard. They heard so much about America, ”the land of opportunity”, and realized that this is the best for them selves and for their family’s, so they took their chance.
When the immigrants came to America they had to find jobs quickly. They had to make a new game plan, and had to live smartly and logically so that they don’t live on the streets and be in the same shape as before they immigrated to America.
In Conclusion, the quote above gives you an idea on how things were back in the days when immigrants arrived to America via ship through Ellis Island. Everybody knew they had to work for them and their family’s lives, but in doing so they realized that they made the best choice of their lives.