The American dream

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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.

My father came to the United States when he was a young child and was raised in a one bedroom apartment that he shared with his parents and brother. Still he had a dream, the American Dream, to own his own business. This dream for him came about when he was a young boy and read the book The Rothschilds, by Frederic Morton. In this book he read about a family that came from nothing and built up a fortune through hard work perseverance and most of all ambition. It was this yearning to carry out their dream that motivated the Rothschilds, and it was the book about...