Interpretations of the American Dream: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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  • Topic: Max Baer, Primo Carnera, James J. Braddock
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The term “The American Dream” has a few interpretations, but one of the most popular is “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” which is the dream that most Americans strive for. In simpler terms, The American Dream is the opportunity of the pursuit of freedom, opportunity, and satisfaction of needs and wants. As Thomas Wolfe said, “ every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity ...the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him” (Wolfe2). This quote explains how everyone in the United States gets the right to fulfill this American Dream: to function as a member of modern day society and to pursue his or her hopes and dreams. If you come to America underprivileged or destitute, then you have the chance to turn that around through hard work and determination. As the explanation of the term states, everyone has the opportunity to achieve the American Dream, depending on how much effort they put in or how fortunate they are. In other words, some people will be able to work hard, achieve their dreams, while others will work hard, and not end up being fortunate enough to complete their goals. In most case, everyone’s American dream is not the same some people have different careers in which they would want to follow. Over time, the American Dream has changed more it is not any more talk about freedom it is more about their personal belonging and etc… stuff that people would need to make their American dream come true.

Four years have passed during this shot and the Depression has taken its toll. Braddock has lost his savings, can scarcely get $30 a bout and then has his license taken away after fighting with a broken hand. Work is short on the New Jersey docks and arbitrarily assigned and Jim is threatened with his starving children being handed over by their devoted mother to relatives that are more prosperous. The ultimate humiliation comes when he goes...
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