The American Dream

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The American Dream is a concept that has existed ever since the Constitution gave the citizens of the United States the right to pursue happiness. Although each individual definition of the dream changes from person to person, it is often associated with money, success, and everything that comes with it. Joanne Rowling, the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series, went from living a cramped apartment with her daughter Jessica to being one of the UK’s wealthiest woman in a matter of a few years. Even though J.K. Rowling is British and not American, she has still overcome various struggles and obstacles on her way to success, and in turn, fulfills the American Dream. Part of achieving the dream is having ambition. Rowling has appeared to have that since a very young age. When asked if she had always wanted to be a writer, she said yes, “As soon as I realized that books didn’t just pop up out of nowhere, that people made the stories” (Madeley and Finnigan). She even wrote a book at the age of six about a rabbit with measles. When she received positive feedback from her mother, she suggested to have it published (“J.K. Rowling Biography”). Rowling’s mother remained an influential part of the author’s writing, especially after her death, which is described as “the most traumatizing moment of her life” (Greig). Her mother Anne died after a decade-long fight against multiple sclerosis in 1991 on New Year's Day when Joanne was just 25 years old. She never got to tell
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