The Pursuit Of The American Dream

1545 WordsOct 9, 20147 Pages
The American dream is defined as “The belief that everyone in the U.S. has the chance to be successful, rich, and happy if they work hard.” (Cambridge). The Pursuit of Happyness is a movie in which the main character, Chris Gardner, illustrates the true happenings of an inspirational rags-to-riches feel good persona. As one observes Chris’s struggle of going from one extreme of being homeless to another extreme of owning a brokerage firm, it postulates the logic that the American dream is feasible for anyone regardless of their upbringing. It makes the average Joe conceive that the American dream is still alive today and that anything is plausible if an individual perseveres and works hard enough. However, if one takes a moment to look away from Hollywood’s propaganda and rather on the actual issues facing the United States (U.S.) today, one realizes that there is a profoundly imbalanced polarization of wealth and power in America. Robert Reich’s documentary Inequality for All covers what is called the “defining issue of our time” for what is happening to income and the distribution of wealth within the U.S. Though it has been proposed by innumerable media outlets today that the U.S. economy has been going through a slump, Reich suggests that this depiction has been projected upon us from the income inequality that perpetuates society today due to the top 1%. Though this seems like an audacious statement, Reich reinforces his argument through evidences. The Gross Domestic
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