The American Dream

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Edgardo Rodriguez

Professor Zavala

English 1A

January 8, 2014

The American Dream

Traditionally, the American Dream has meant a chance at a better life in a new land. For generations, people have come here to America in hopes of having a successful, prosperous and meaningful life. People from across the world travel and risks their lives to be able live this dream. The American Dream represents all of those things to me as well, and more, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness", which are our rights, written by Thomas Jefferson in 1776.

What is Life? We have the right to live our own life as we see fit whether we decide to live a morally valuable life or not. So if we choose to better ourselves for our better livelihood we could do so or, we can choose to waste our life away.

This is our decision to make. Unfortunately, many people decide the latter. Decide not to live a morally valuable life. Many of these people then say that the "American Dream" is a fallacy and is not at all attainable. Many of these people expect the "American Dream" to come to them instead of working towards achieving the "American Dream" themselves. You cannot just sit around and wait for it to come to you, you need to be hungry for success. For me, it is a possibility to obtain, if you pursue your dreams and education. The dangers of utilizing the term "The American Dream" are that they are just that…a dream. Something that you wish for or think about but in reality might not ever happen. This shouldn't mean you should ever give up, it means to focus more and work harder. Like a dream to win...