American dream

Essay by ilnet2000High School, 10th grade August 2004

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The American Dream is something that makes America great. It allows those with aspirations to make them come true. In America all one needs is a dream and the motivation to carry out that dream. Ambition is the driving force behind the American Dream. It allows anyone that has an aspiration, a desire, a yearning, to carry out their individual dream. It knows no bounds of race, creed, gender or religion. It stands for something great, something that everyone can strive towards. A dream can be a desire for something great. In America, the American Dream allows dreams to become realities.

According to Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the American Dream is defined as, "An American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity." To live this dream is to succeed. It allows anyone- rich or poor to have the opportunity to succeed. It is the ability to come from nothing and become something.

It requires hard work, persistence and a desire for something better. To have these qualities and the desire and ambition to carry them out is part of the American Dream. My father has these qualities.

What is the American Dream?

Ever since America has been explored and colonized, the conception of an ideological dream has been at the forefront. America has continually provided an arena for those individuals seeking economic, governmental, religious expansion and purification. Even though centuries have passed, the fundemental priniciples that define the American dream have remained essentially the same. Through history and American literature, one can derive a genuine understanding of what actually is the American dream.

Another view of the American Dream is that it is not entirely American. Some feel left out and that the American Dream does not apply to them and is out of their...