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Derrika Mayweather
WRTG 1320 MWF 10:00
September 11th, 2013
American Dream Draft

My Definition of the American Dream
We all have seen the magazines, ads, and commercials displaying the typical American family. We see a mom, dad, two kids and the pet dog, which is usually a lab mix. In the background there’s the beautiful house and the white picket fence. Everyone looks happy and satisfied with life. My definition of the American Dream is just that. I feel as though the main goal is to make it to a certain point in life where you don’t have to worry about your next meal or where you’re going to sleep at night. You’re able to afford the things you need and the things you want. You’re able to go to college, if you want, and get a degree in a field where you’re able to get a good job. You get married, have kids, raise them so that they can have the same life you have or better, grow old, and die. If possible, giving back to the community is essential. This helps others to achieve the American Dream as well. Everyone has different goals in life but the main focus is that people want change for the better. To move up in life. Me personally, I wasn’t fed with the silver spoon. I wasn’t struggling either, but there were hard times where my parents had to cut back on spending and my sisters and I couldn’t get all the things we wanted. My parents constantly stressed over bills. When my father got laid off, that made things even worse. We ended up having to move out of our house into a small apartment that we could afford. Issues came up so much between my parents that they ended up getting a divorce. This split the finances tremendoudly and caused for us to struggle even more. Neither one of my parents went to college. My mother had my sister at a young age which caused for her and my dad to grow up quickly. My mother did her best to make sure I got everything I needed. She always told me that she wanted my life to turn out better than hers. , In “Is The...

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