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The Definition of “the American Dream”

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The American Dream

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of “the American Dream” is “a happy way of living that is thought of by many Americans as something that can be achieved by anyone in the U.S. especially by working hard and becoming successful.” This perception of the American dream varies from person to person. It could be different from a family coming here from Brazil, to a child coming here by their self from Africa. We all have our different opinions of what the American dream really means. The proper definition seeks to persuade one to believe that upon ones arrival to this “land of opportunity,” everything will be perfect. One must reflect on how successful people in their home country became that way. Everyone knows that it takes years to grow into a high business position. The quote, “one must start from the bottom in order to make it to the top,” demonstrates how an immigrant must start out in America. In the case of the American dream, this may starting as a cashier at a grocery store, and gradually moving up to owning one’s business, or working for a large corporation.

Some people believe that the American dream is no longer valid. When someone arrives here in the US with the intention of getting a job and providing for themselves, they assume it will be simple because, “Why not, it’s America. Everything works out there.” An important flaw of the American dream is that many people have a language barrier, which would forbid them from finding a job that would hire a person with a foreign tongue. The currency is also different from many countries, so they would most likely not be able to handle money properly. These are just two examples of how hard it is to get a job as an immigrant in a new country. Although, it gives the idea that everyone has an equal chance of “making it” in America, people who speak English have an advantage over those who do not.

They say that you can be anything you want to be in America. This...

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