The American Dream.

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People from around the world have struggled to reach America and a chance at their dreams. The "American Dream" is the hopeful expectation and a promise to immigrants as well as native-born Americans, that with hard work they can build a prosperous and comfortable future. "For some it is a vision of material property, for others an ideal of social justice. Some see it as a living reality, others as a promise still to be fulfilled." This apparent quote from the critical lens relates to many works of literature, including The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Langston Hughes' poems, "Let America Be America Again" and "I, Too Sing America".

One of the most drastic differences between the USA and many other countries in the world is the right of the American people to voice their differences of opinion from the ideas of the government without fear of persecution.

Occasionally the American government has "forgotten" that it's people have this right and persecuted them for disagreeing with the government. During the McCarthy trials, many people were tried as communists and then black listed. This was similar to the Salem Witch Trials where people were convicted and hung without any real proof of them committing a crime. When Miller wrote The Crucible, he showed how unfair and deceitful these actions were. Anyone who spoke out was accused in during both sets of trials, which made defending yourself a death wish.

Langston Hughes' poem, "I, Too Sing, America," is an inspirational poem that conveys a literal meaning within its context that pertains to the Critical lens. Through the use of symbolism and metaphors, the poem gives an insight into what the American dream was for a black person, an immigrant or even a poor white person. There goal, as...