The American Dream...It is a "dream"

Essay by kxc3858College, UndergraduateA+, April 2004

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Slamming the car door, Christie furiously ran away from her silver Lexus into her beautiful white, Victorian home in Los Angeles, California. Collapsing on her oversized waterbed, and struggling through tears, she cried, "Why am I not happy?" This portrait of a discontented life is all too often displayed in the lives of American citizens. In this country, the United States of America, society thrives on the goal of achieving eternal happiness. Our Declaration of Independence recognizes every citizen's opportunity to obtain the rights of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." Despite attempts to reach happiness, our society has unconsciously tainted true, realistic pleasure and leaned its focus on materialistic objects. The American Dream is misdirected.

The American Dream is the proposal of pure happiness. For generations past and even present, people revolve their lives around obtaining this dream. There is no specific definition of the American Dream; it is anything that brings content to an individual.

Contentment varies from person to person due to conventional factors. These include a person's ethnicity, childhood, environment, age, gender, and many more. For example, a sixteen-year-old female is not likely to share the same dream as a sixty five year old male. However, generally speaking, the majority of American citizens find interest in most, if not all, of the following aspects of a jovial life.

The first and most common goal of the American Dream is that of love. Everyone wants to find love and care in the heart of another person. However, too often people find themselves searching for love, instead of waiting on faith to bring a special person into their lives. The harder one looks to find love, the less likely they are to find it. Love is a unique concept that is hidden behind unexpected...