English GT 9
17 December 2012
American Dream Analysis
“People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they're all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error.” (King, Florence.) Is this statement not showing the reality of the world during the time of the Great Depression? The American Dream was created with the promise of land, success, and prosperity. It gave the people of America the hope to believe that they can achieve anything they dream to be. As the forefathers of the Declaration of Independence had said, “It constitutes life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This has all changed after the Depression. Of course the statement above is true! How could you obtain something so irrationally absurd at a time where there is nothing! John Steinback, author of the book Of Mice and Men, wrote about this universal thought. The works To a Mouse and Of Mice and Men claim that the American Dream is always unsuccessful and will only bring disappointment and devastation through the experiences of characters and/or comparable objects or organisms.
Robert Burns, author of To a Mouse, used a mouse's success after a tragic accident to show that dreaming and over-thinking will often cause failure. A mouse is a productive creature. Since its mind is so small, it does not think, its relies on instinct. This is why they are so successful in survival. Mankind ESantos 2
does the exact opposite. Robert Burns understood this and explained, “I backward cast my eye on prospects turned to sadness! And though forward I cannot see, I guess and fear!” Mankind is nothing at all productive. Robert Burns knew that humans tend to over-think before acting. They think of every possibility of failure and every possibility of success and then dwell on these thoughts so much that they lose their sight of success and then fail. Because of this, they are blinded with their doubts and...
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