America still provides for the American Dream in many ways. TheDeclaration of Independence gives Americans the unalienable rights they shouldneed to prosper. There is nothing holding people back from accomplishing theirdream.
The American Dream is achievable through hard work, dedication, andopportunity. Sometimes to achieve the American Dream it is better to secludeyourself, like Thoreau in his book Civil Disobedience. In this Thoreauisolated himself for a period in order to complete his work. Thoreau achievedhis dream and wrote his best work when he secluded himself and worked hard.
Onthe other hand, the people one surrounds his or herself with have a greatinfluence on their dream. Friends, family, celebrities, and even strangers can influencewhether a person can accomplish their dream. Parents have the greatest impacton children’s dreams.
In some cases, children look at the parents as rolemodels, in other cases children look at the parents to know what not to do. InDavid Ignatow’s “Europe and America,” he compares how he is working now to howhis father had to work. His father’s hard work and determination made himrealize that he is to be where he is now. The father worked hard in harshconditions in order to make sure his child would be able to achieve his or herdreams. To achieve to the American Dream, one must be willing to put inthe hard work and dedication to get what they want. In Franklin D.
Roosevelt’sspeech, “Address on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Statue ofLiberty,” he states, “They not only found freedom in the New World, but bytheir effort and devotion, they made the New World’s freedom safer, richer,more far-reaching, more capable of growth.” he speaks of the people who came toAmerica seeking opportunity to accomplish their own dreams. With devotion forhard work, one can benefit his or herself and help the success of otherAmerican citizens as well. When people say they aren’twealthy enough they are giving up on the dream. Although it makes it easier,money is not needed to accomplish dreams; the only thing needed is hard workand determination. In Walt Whitman’s, “I hear America Singing,” he refers tomany blue-collar jobs, and the hard work that they require.
The American Dreamis only possible if one is willing to work hard for it. In the last line of thepoem he says, “Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs,” withthis the readers can infer that the people working these jobs are happy andenjoy the hard work. Martín Espada talks about his experience ofaccomplishing his goals in his poem, “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper.”In the poem the speaker is currently in Law school; when he sees a legal pad,he reminisces on his days of hard work at the printing plant.
At the end of thepoem he says, “Ten years later, in law school, I knew that every legal pad wasglued with the sting of hidden cuts, that every open lawbook was a pair ofhands upturned and burning.” He realizes the hard work and dedication that ittook to be where he is now. Everyone, whether born in America or not, can reachtheir goals. One must be dedicated and give it all their effort to acquire whatthey want in life. Nothing should get in the way of achieving the AmericanDream. The only thing stopping one from achieving his or her goals is theunwillingness to go through both the good and bad times or working for it.All American citizens, no matter race, gender, sexuality, oroccupation, have the same chance to accomplish their dreams.
In the Declarationof Independence, it says that all Americans are granted “life, liberty, and thepursuit of happiness.” These rights are given to all American citizens.Everybody in that is in America, legally, has an equal opportunity to achievehis or her dreams in peace.
In his “Keynote Address to the 2004 DemocraticNational Convention,” Obama refers to America as “a beacon of freedom andopportunity.” He established that in America dreams can be achieved by workinghard with the opportunities provided by America. Obama shares a personal storysaying, “Barracks parents imagined me going to the best schools in theland, even though they weren’t rich, because in a generous America you don’thave to be rich to achieve your potential.” Many people believe that ifyou are not wealthy there is no chance of achieving one’s dream. However, moneydoesn’t matter when it comes to reaching dreams. If one wants something, onewill do anything and everything in his or her power to achieve it. The AmericanDream does not always mean money.
An American dream can be anything whether bigor small. One could have all the money in world but still not have accomplisheda dream. For example, in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is avery rich and successful man. However, Gatsby did not work hard, nor did hereally earn his money. Gatsby’s dream had nothing to do with money, he onlythought that it would help him reach his goals. He never ended up achieving hisdream of being with Daisy.
This shows wealth doesn’t always make dreams cometrue. Everybody wants to be known as the person who thrived. They want to be known assomeone who achieved their ever so important American Dream. The American Dreamis defined as the ideal that every United States citizen should have an equalopportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination,and initiative. The American Dream is different for each person. For some it’sall about money, while for others it is about the sense of accomplishment.
America still provides for the American Dream because all Americans haveunalienable rights. The American Dream is achievable through hard work,dedication, and opportunity.