Interpretations Of The American Dream

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Interpretations of American Dream

There exist kinds of interpretations and instructions along the very term ‘American Dream’ ranging from its definition, the different concepts of people about it and its ultimate aim to the doubts upon its realization. Alfonzo Reyas, a Mexican humanist, says that “America is a utopia… it is the figure of human hope” (qtd. In Parrington Jr. Preface). James Truslow Adams, who was firstly coined the phrase in his 1931 book The Epic of America, however, defined it as a “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…A dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” (34). whatsoever it may be, there derived a constant factor that could be read in the interpretation of almost all experts about the American Dream: the constant hunt for material riches.

At the beginning of the concept of the American Dream, it focused mainly on attaining a true spirit in the God and achieving a sublime gratification of human’s mind. It depended on uprising the human values through humanity, love and peace, therefore getting to the whole people in the oneness under the God. However, this pure godliness of the American Dream was gradually transformed to the materialistic…
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