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ENG 101 – 12
November 12, 2012
The American Dream
When it comes to the topic the “American Dream,” most of us will it’s to each his / her own. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of agreeing to disagree. Whereas some are convinced that the American Dream is different depending on what one person make out of it, others maintain that the American Dream is the same and very much so reality. What actually is the “American Dream”? James Truslow Adams coined the term is his 1931 book Epic of America. Adams defines the American Dream as” that land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”. While some believe the American Dream is an ideal of the past, I believe that the American Dream is still a possibility for all. The definition of the American Dream varies from person to person. No two definitions are the same, and there is really no right or wrong answer. My definition of the American Dream is to set goals to achieve that will help me accomplish a better life for me and my family: owning my own house, being in good health, having good friends who I can depend on in time of need, getting my degree so I can become financially stable, and not having to live paycheck to paycheck. Someone else might look at my idea and say it’s crazy, but I have never focused on being rich. Personally, I don’t believe that being rich can make a person happy. It can only buy material things, but it can’t buy love and happiness. These are some of the things that all well-adjusted people want out of life. A college degree is a must in order to live the American Dream. Now there are some people who have achieved what they considered to be the American Dream without a college degree. Some of the fields of where those have been successful are in entertainment, skills trade, and agriculture. Still having a college degree is essential...
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