The Dream Of The American Dream

1178 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
The American dream has been a beacon of hope and motivation for the millions of people who have immigrated and grown up in the United States; especially for those of the lower class. Through hard work and determination one could completely change their life for the better while provide better circumstances for future generations. The American dream is defined as, “a happy way of living that is thought of by many Americans as something that can be achieved by anyone in the U.S. especially by working hard and becoming successful” (The American Dream). Today, youth of the lower class are finding this dream to be nearly impossible to achieve, even by working hard. For many it has become nothing more than a pipe dream. The American dream is still alive, but it is on it’s final breath; especially for the poor youth of America.
In the past, people’s dream of working hard, affording a nice house and providing for your family was easily attained. Today, to get a good-paying job, requires having a high school diploma, a college degree, and at least two years experience in that field of work. Except for a high school diploma, these qualifications are extremely difficult to meet as a child coming from a lower income background. In the past, jobs did not always require a college degree. An individual would get a low level job in a big company right out of high school. Through hard work and ambition an individual could get promoted and receive a higher wage. All of those steps lead to big…
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