The American Dream : A Concept Known By All

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The American Dream The American Dream: a concept known by all, but deciphered distinctly throughout time. Coined by historian James Truslow Adams in his book The Epic of America, the term "American Dream" was explained as the "dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone . . ." (214). People immigrated to America from all over the world in order to enhance their circumstances and eventually achieve this idealistic vision. However, realism has shattered the American Dream, revealing an illusion of an optimal life that has misled a myriad of people. A stereotypical dream that was shared by many was to own a house in a small town or suburban area surrounded by grass and a countless number of trees, "where a man and his wife [could] grow graciously old, warmed by the radiance of well-washed children and grandchildren" (Steinbeck). George and Lennie from John Steinbeck 's Of Mice and Men let a dream similar to this lead them through their lives; they planned to "get [their] jack together and . . . have a little house and a couple of acres an ' a cow and some pigs . . ." (Steinbeck 8). The crave of such a utopia had been continually demonstrated since the discovery of America. Walt Whitman 's poem "I Hear America Singing" established one of many interpretations of what an ideal country should be: "Each singing what belongs to him or her and none else . . . Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs."…
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