The American Dream: Everyone Can Be Successful through Hard Work

Topics: United States, United States Declaration of Independence, Immigration to the United States / Pages: 5 (1133 words) / Published: Mar 15th, 2013
The American Dream
Yuan Gu
Class 2, Department of Hospitality Management, Beijing International Studies University, Chaoyang District, Beijing, P.R, China

Many people have gone to America to search of” The American Dream”, which is a idea of that everyone can be successful through hard work and everyone is able to lead a happy life. Besides, the whole society is free and equal without hierarchy.
The content of this term paper will discuss about the definition of American Dream, the origin of American Dream and why it is hard to obtain nowadays.
In my point of view, the American Dream is not an illusion, although happiness is hard to accomplish and human will never be satisfied, a person can always have through their own efforts towards the peak.

American Dream, hard work, success.

The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States of America in which democratic ideals are perceived as a promise of prosperity for its people.

It is a belief that as long as the United States after a hard struggle will be able to achieve the ideal of a better life, that is, people have to work through their own hard work, courage, creativity and determination to move towards prosperity, rather than rely on specific social classes and other assistance. This is usually on behalf of the people in the economic success entrepreneurial spirit. In a word, American Dream is that every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity ….the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him .

The idea of the American Dream was first used by James Truslow Adams in his book The Epic of America which was written in 1931. He states: "The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper

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