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The Importance Of The American Dream

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John D. Rockefeller, the man who redefined the oil business, was known as one of the wealthiest men to exist. He grew up helping to provide for his unstable family by taking on small jobs, which led to becoming an assistant bookkeeper at sixteen. At the age of twenty, he went into business with multiple men, just to buy them out years later. This firm became Standard Oil, perhaps one of the most successful U.S. companies. At the time of his death, John’s personal net worth accounted for nearly ten percent of the nation’s net worth. Rockefeller came from little, worked hard for what he earned, eventually reaching success. The businessman is a prime example of the American Dream, or the opportunity to achieve success through determination and initiative. In The Adventure’s of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, each character had their own version of the American Dream. Jim, the King and Duke, and Huck Finn himself, held to their ideals, each trying to reach their dream, although not all achieved it. Bought into slavery and torn apart from his wife and children, Jim desperately desires to be reunited with his family. Huck woke up to Jim, “setting there with his head down betwixt his knees, moaning and mourning to himself. He was thinking about his wife and his children, away up yonder, and he was low and homesick,” (239). The slave was a runaway who hoped to reach freedom, all so he could return to his family. He missed them dearly and Huck noticed, although he never
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