The American Dream By James Truslow Adams

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The American Dream Lives On Since 1776, the “American Dream” has continued to evolve. Originally, our forefathers intended the American Dream to be a country where individuals were free from the tyranny of royalty and nobility, working as a part of a whole, making everyone comfortable and happy - all men created equal with equal opportunity. Over the years, this original intent has continued to change. In 1931, James Truslow Adams stated that the American Dream means that, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” (Wikipedia, May 19, 2016). Today, defines the American Dream as, “a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the United States” (May 19, 2016). To a young person growing up in an ever-changing, global society, the American Dream means finding a way to live comfortably the way you grew up, trying to do a little bit better than your parents did so you could give your own children a good life. This includes a house, cars, and other material comforts that have become integrated into American society. The American Dream not only still exists, but is also attainable for all. If an individual is able to work hard, if one is able to harness their creativity, or even if one finds “other” means, the American Dream is within reach, as shown in the novel, The Great Gatsby, as well as in other forms of popular American media.
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