American Dreams And The American Dream

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Every young American aspires to the American Dream. It is an innate American idealism, encountered by members of every level of society; however, most of all affected by this idealism are those who come from humble beginnings. Those who come from a below average income, the working-class, have much to gain from this American ambition. Sadly, aspirations are in jeopardy. American capitalism does not allow the working-class individual to achieve the American Dream, because of disproportionate economics, unequal opportunity, and towering unemployment. People often have a difficult time defining the American Dream, despite its centrality in defining what it is to be an American. The thought of the American Dream brings to mind imagery of rows upon rows of white picket fences, perfectly painted and arranged in an orderly fashion along a square consummate suburban yards. It is as integrated into the American Identity as the colors red, white, and blue. But how can the American Dream be measured? What are its components? The American Dream can be divided into three aspects. The American Dream can firstly be defined by upward mobility, the opportunity for members of the middle or working class to become successful and climb the socioeconomic ladder. This mobility, as Jason De Parle puts it in his article “Harder for Americans to Rise from Lower Rungs,” is a “civil religion” that is essential to life in this country (DeParle). Upward LaMarra 2 mobility is what has labelled America

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