Dream; freedom, equality, and the opportunity to achieve their personal goals in life that they
could not otherwise achieve in their homeland. The American Dream is the pursuit of prosperity
and opportunity that drives people to push their own limits and persevere in order to lead
successful lives and achieve whatever goals they set. The American Dream is a reality; every
citizen of the United States of America has the opportunity of its achievement no matter what
prejudices they may face, depending on their perseverance and luck.
The term “ The American Dream” has a few interpretations, but one of the most popular is “ Life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (Declaration of Independence1) 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, “ ...to 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
their 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 and achieve their dreams, while others will work hard and not end up being fortunate
enough to complete their goals.
Even though the concept of the American Dream is relatively well known, most people don’ t
realize how long ago it originated or it’ s true meaning. Unbeknownst to most, the term “ The
American Dream” was actually coined in 1931 in a book called The Epic of America by James
Truslow Adams. In this book, Adams states that “ 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” (Adams2). He goes on to say that “ It is not a dream of
motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each
woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be
recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or
position” (Adams). Basically, he says that everyone has equal opportunity. So no matter what
race, religion, or ethnicity someone is, they all have the same exact chance at success. This of
course depends on how hard each person works towards their goals. If everyone works hard to
achieve their goals and ultimately, their own personal American Dream, then they will succeed
in their efforts.
A lot of the American dream has to do with the concept of achieving success, because the
American Dream has evolved into the dream of being successful at performing tasks in everyday
life. A good example of this would be in the life of Philip Maung, the CEO of Hissho Sushi
(dBusiness News3). Maung immigrated to America from his home country of Burma with
only $13 and the dream of a new and improved life for him and his family. In 1998 with the
assistance of his wife Kristina, Philip Maung founded the Hissho Sushi company, and became
the major distributor of sushi to supermarkets, restaurants, and schools all over the United States.
This small anecdote is a perfect example of how the American Dream is sometimes fulfilled.
Maung came to the United States as a poor immigrant, but had the determination to change his
financial status for the...
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