The American Way of Life Essay

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America is “considered” to be a land of opportunities, promises, independence, hope, and freedom. Anyone can grow up to be the President of the United States, member of Congress, or even become wealthy. This is possible because all it takes hard work. However, this is nearly “just a dream” because equality doesn’t exist among everyone. The poor have little to no chance to get richer, while the rich remain rich. As President Woodrow Wilson once said in his New Freedom campaign, “American enterprise is not free; the man with only a little capital is finding it harder and harder to get into the field, more and more impossible to compete with the big fellow. Why? Because the laws of this country do not prevent the strong from crushing the …show more content…
Many people associate the United States with word “freedom” yet, it doesn’t exist among everyone. On a daily basis people are judge based on their ethnicity, how you look, and what you wear. America is supposed to be “the” land where individuals can express themselves and be happy without judgment; it is anything, but contradictory to this idea. Americans like to think that material possessions define our position in society. The more “expensive” materials we have, the higher we are in social class. The American way of life is a notion associated with happiness, but behind the façade there are constant struggles in daily life. In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck was able to portray the American way of life in a more realistic way. It tells the story of the Joad family, a group of sharecroppers from Oklahoma, decision to migrate to California in hopes of finding a high-wage job. The Joads were forced from their land because of nature (Dust Bowl) and the economic situation during the 1930s. The lasting effect the Dust Bowl caused was shown in Steinbeck description in chapter one, “An even blanket covered the earth. It settled on the corn, piled up on the tops of the fence posts, piled up on the wires; it settled on roofs, blanketed the weeds and trees” (Steinbeck, 3). The over cultivation and drought had turned the fertile land into a barren wasteland. The outcome of the situation is if affected
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