Essay on Climbing the Ladder Analysis

817 Words Nov 15th, 2012 4 Pages
Climbing the Ladder Analysis

For generations, the American Dream has continued to stand as a vision that so many people have strived for in America. It is what attracts countless foreigners to come to the U.S and what also keeps them there. All these people are filled with ongoing motivation to eventually reach this dream. Yet, the Dream and its steps to success are not a definite list. In fact, the very idea of how to achieve such a dream has been debated for generations. Andrew Carnegie, a famous humanitarian and industrialist for his time, provided a very unique perspective of this American Dream. Carnegie was a very harsh but honest man. He truly believed that everyone had the opportunity to achieve the American Dream,
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Although Andrew Carnegie believed that the American Dream did not discriminate by class, his requirements toward success stated otherwise. Carnegie had basically excluded an entire social class in the process of outlining the American Dream. One of his fundamental principles to success: saving money, was an impossible task for people of extreme poverty. A lot of families in the lower class barely could afford living on bread alone and some didn’t even make enough to afford bread. So how was it possible for these people to save when they didn’t even have enough in the first place? Obviously Carnegie wanted to include everyone in his vision but that would not be possible under his tight circumstances. Regarding class, everyone must work hard according to Carnegie. “Aim high” is one of his most notable quotations in “Climbing the Ladder.” The poor must not give up and continue to shoot for the stars, and the rich cannot sit back and do nothing because they think they have it all; they must stay humble but dedicated. In this article, women were portrayed more as a roadblock of success than as a respected group. In fact, this entire article was directed toward men, so women weren’t even a part of Carnegie’s “American Dream.” If men were to interact with women on their quest toward the Dream, then their future would be compromised. Only after a man achieved the American Dream could he find the