The Term ‘The American Dream’ Was First Used By Historian

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The term ‘The American Dream’ was first used by historian James Truslow Adam in his book, The Epic of America. It depicts the essence of the American spirit through major and memorable historical events. The American Dream is the idea that anyone living in the U.S. has an equal and fair opportunity to succeed through hard work, perseverance and determination. However, this ideal has many flaws that expose it to be deceiving and unreliable. In Oryx And Crake by Margaret Atwood, the author is trying to convey the idea that the ‘American Dream’ is misleading. Being of higher class will determine success. Atwood conveys this idea through examples of education, health and being born into a certain class. In Oryx and Crake, the people of…show more content…
It is clear that Jimmy’s school, a school of lower class, will bring him no success such as a high paying respectable job. On the contrary, Crake’s school, an institute of higher class, will bring him prosperity. The state of education in Oryx and Crake show that being of higher class surpasses hard work and persistence. In Oryx and Crake, companies that strive for perfection of humanity, such as The HelthWyzer Compound and OrganInc Farms, are the most sought-after and successful companies. These companies create solutions and cures for imperfections and diseases. In the novel, Jimmy’s father receives a promotion to The HelthWyzer Compound where he would help work with Nooskins. This reveals that only people who can help the scientific field are being promoted, looked after and acknowledged. Throughout the novel, readers learn that businesses are inventing diseases, then cures for their diseases to stay in high demand and keep their economy growing. "Now, suppose you 're an outfit called HelthWyzer. Suppose you make your money out of drugs and procedures that cure sick people, or else-- better-- that make it impossible for them to get sick in the first place." "Yeah?" said Jimmy. Nothing hypothetical here: that was what HelthWyzer actually did. "Stands to reason," said Jimmy after a moment. It did, too. “So what are you going to need sooner or later?” “More cures?”
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