A Comparison Of The American Dream And Nickel And Dimed

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The American Dream is the idea that financial success, upward social mobility, and overall prosperity can be achieved with perseverance and hard work. It’s the idea that anyone, even the very poor, can make a better life for themselves if they are willing to work for it. It’s an idea that has become integral to American society, encouraging us to put in an effort to see our dreams come to fruition. However, when it comes down to individual experiences, it turns out that accomplishing the traditionally agreed-upon American Dream gets a lot messier than it’s made out to be. Using the books Nickel and Dimed and The Color of Water, as well as the movie Enron- The Smartest Guys in the Room, both similarities and differences can be found when it comes to what achieving the American Dream really means. In the book Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, the American Dream is presented with two sides: as a success story, and as a nearly unachievable goal. The book follows the story of its author, Ehrenreich, as she performs a social experiment: she goes undercover as a low-wage worker to see what the experience of the working poor is really like, and to see if she can survive when cut off entirely from her comfortable upper-class existence. When she starts her journey off, she is generally upbeat and positive. She believes in the idea of the American Dream: that with enough hard work and perseverance, people can escape the cycle of poverty. She even has familial experience with

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