Creative Writing: The Power of the American Dream

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A blue house, red shutters, and a white picket fence with a border collie. Three kids are running around in the front lawn up on a hilltop. That is what the American dream is right? The American dream is truly in the eye of the beholder. One might think that the American dream is an apartment in downtown Los Angeles, but others might want the smell of fresh cut grass in a small suburb. It’s whatever the person who is working for it wants it to be. As we can see in the play, all of the main characters might be striving for an American dream, but none of them are striving for their same American dream.
The idea of the American dream has a strange power to it. It seems to almost drive people insane with all of the ideas thrown into their brain: some not even achievable. There is no doubt it is always good to have a “dream” idea to give work an incentive. When we get caught up in work striving for the next thing, we can get caught up in the work and lose the initial dream.
The American dream can be a great incentive, but at the same time can be a great disappointment as we can see in “A Raisin in the Sun” on when he gets so flustered he begins speaking jibberish.
“Father, just gi' ussen de money, fo' God's sake, and we's—we's ain't gwine come out deh and dirty up yo' white folks neighborhood ... And I'll feel fine! Fine! FINE!”
When Walter gets a glimpse at what he sees as the American dream, it gets ripped away from him. Walter literally crumbles in front of his whole family.
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