February 3, 2013
Many people believe the American Dream today has faded. It is no longer achieved as often as in the past. Although obtaining the Dream has become difficult, people still haven’t stopped pursuing it. Despite the obstacles, the American Dream is still full of hope and enlightenment both financially and emotionally.
The American Dream is known for its positive connotation, but there are many obstacles surrounding it. According to, “Obstacles to the American Dream”, by Eddy Isango, the Dream is toughest for immigrants. Many immigrants have problems learning the English language. When they arrive it is as if they have to start all over. Immigrants also don’t receive state benefits such as health care and food stamps. They have to find jobs that provide these for them, which is tough with the lack of job opportunity and rising cost of living in America.
Financial obstacles of the American Dream can be overcome. Rieva Lesonsky encourages people to get over these hills by saying, “Acknowledge the hard times” (Lesonsky 1). People believe the Dream is changing. “Today, they say, the ‘dream’ is more likely about making money”, (Lesonsky 1). People have moved towards opening small businesses to achieve their financial dreams. These businesses, over time, increase the revenue of the people.
The American Dream is still filling the emotional needs of people. Jeremy Pratt has dealt with a learning disability his whole life, but doesn’t let this stop him from achieving his dream as he says: ‘I’ve always had to work a bit harder than my friends without disabilities,’ says the 28-year-old. ‘But I finally feel like I’m on the way to having what everyone dreams of.’ Pratt’s diligence in saving money is paying off; he plans to start house hunting as early as 2013. (Blatt 1) Jeremy is achieving his life-long goal of buying a house filled with his art. He fought through his disability and obtained what he wanted.