“Their Guide” to Your “American Dream”

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Arroyo 1
Rossi Arroyo
Professor Fischer
English 150
October 26, 2012
“Their guide” to your “American Dream”
Society has influenced in the definition of the “American Dream” as an illusion of a path of obstacles but in reality can be conquered with a little further knowledge and tools. So many migrate from all parts of the world in pursuit of the “American Dream”, yet so many factors influence in their quest to be able to reach this final goal. Social class, economic situation and media persuasion are direct influences within our society to mark barriers on whom and how we can achieve our maximum aspiration of “making it big”. Nevertheless the opportunities are available for all, with management of our resources we can all make it even though the struggle for some is graver than for others. The articles “Serving in Florida” by Barbara Ehrenreich, “Class in America” by Gregory Mantsios, and “Framing Class, Vicarious Living, and Conspicuous Consumptions” by Diana Kendall serve as ideal examples of how misleading society has grown to portray an unrealistic image that cannot be reached by all. The lack of preparation serves as one of the major obstacles for the working class to progress within our society. In “Serving in Florida” Barbara Ehrenreich discusses the struggles encountered on a day to day basis by Americans attempting to advance, juggling several dead end jobs resulting in a worst situation than when initially started. She shares her experience as a waitress, housekeeper and retail seller and despite all the strain it was causing her, she was still had no where to turn. By differentiating her self from the “college-educate servers in the Arroyo 2

downtown Carpaccio and ceviche joints, who can make a $70-$100 a night” (page 294), she acknowledges that her limited education excluded her from the opportunity of being a candidate for a more comfortable and higher paying position. This is a reality that people face in America and opt to...
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