American Dream Essays


The Great Gatsby Essay (Completed in 2018)

Topics The theme of unrequited love in The Great Gatsby Discuss the fallibility of youth in The Great Gatsby Discuss the primacy of socioeconomic status as it manifests in The Great Gatsby: which characters confront it with the most grace? Which with the least? If Daisy and Jay had been members of the same socioeconomic class would they have ended up together? Why or why not? Provide textual evidence. Nick Carraway goes to great lengths to show and tell the reader that he is a reliable narrator: discuss three concretes way he does this and how successful they are. How Continue Reading...

The American Dream Essay (Example Completed in 2018)

  The american dream is something people in the United States and the world over, have strived for throughout the years. From the first immigrants of Western Europe to the new immigrants of Asia, Africa, and the Americas, many came to this country in pursuit of freedom a chance at upward mobility. This american dream essay example will focus on the ways Americans have in the past and present, attempted to achieve a life of happiness and fulfilment in the United States. Titles Pursuit of the american dream To… Continue Reading...

Impact Of Brown Vs Board Of Education

good reason), there are plenty of others that come to this country to experience the " american dream" and those same people do not condone or associate with those that would support terrorism or any lesser level of anti-American hatred. However, 9/11 is still fresh in the minds of many people and this will not change for some time to come. The Arab/Jew dynamic is also something that will flare up (and has in the past) in this country. There are many other examples that one could use. However, this would seem to be the prominent one to look at… Continue Reading...

Problems Unsolved and a Nation Divided

while at the same time improving the life of the common citizen (Porter et al., 2016). Achieving the american dream may be a challenge for most citizens in the future. This presents a risk to the political, social, and economic stability of the country. Porter et al. (2016) identify a number of areas that should be addressed if the U.S. is to maintain and enhance its economic competitiveness in an increasingly dynamic global environment. They advocate for businesses as well as federal, state, and local governments to work together to restore the competitiveness of the economy. Businesses must pay… Continue Reading...

How Democracy Leads to Tyranny

were not available to him 200 years ago. He has assumed much and bought into the american dream, which has spread all across the West (and much of the world) -- the idea that democracy (personal choice) can open up all possibilities to him. The reality so often proves the opposite. A "vote" is usually all the choice he has. The real decisions -- the big ones concerning trade, interest rates, going to war, etc. -- are made by individuals at a much higher level (the representatives) who typically represent interests of other entities (such as those who supported… Continue Reading...

Robert Hayden Those Winter Sundays

in common the theme of showing how the strain of trying to achieve the american dream creates problems for working class families. Both Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays" and Death of a Salesman depict the motif of "separation" between father and son due directly to the stress of the working class labor model (Hiraldo 6). Separation is a major motif in "Those Winter Sundays." Hayden uses diction to emphasize the theme of separation. For example, the speaker in "Those Winter Sundays" describes the winter cold as being so brutal it could be heard as a "splintering," or "breaking" sound (line… Continue Reading...

The Black Wall Street

uplift themselves and become prosperous in an otherwise unstable economy. They are the shining example of the american dream realized. References Henning, M. B. (2016). Innovations in Economic Education: Promising Practices for Teachers and Students, K-16. Routledge. Jaynes, G. D. (2011). Encyclopedia of African-American society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Liberty Fund. (2010). The 51 Key Economics Concepts | Library of Economics and Liberty. Retrieved from http://www.econlib.org/library/Topics/HighSchool/KeyConcepts.html Rogers, W. S. (2010). The African-American entrepreneur: Then and now. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. Rutherford, D. (2007). Economics: The Key Concepts. Routledge. Continue Reading...

Social, Political, and Cultural Pressures

much emphasis on creating and maintaining a national identity to achieve the american dream. Identifying this political influence is difficult for Americans because of their individualistic culture that affirms an individual's dignity and supreme value. An artistic expression that could help a person demonstrate individuality, autonomy and creativity is self-reflection. In this case, an individual need to spend time to reflect on his/her beliefs, values, norms, and behaviors to determine their impact on his/her life as well as others. Self-reflection would help open up an individual's experience through enabling him/her identify areas for improvement and change. Additionally, self-expression enables… Continue Reading...

Social Construction Theories on Serial Killers

to their subcultural, racial, or ethnic status, restricted in several ways from lawfully attaining the great “ american dream". Thus, they resort to deviant techniques to succeed. Structural theories provide convincing justifications for numerous offenses, with the exception of serial killing. Normally, serial killers lack financial or social motivation, and aren’t members of any specific ethnic/racial minority. The urbanism idea is an example of a structural model which may better explain serial murder. Murder rates are typically the highest in the city of New York, Washington, D.C., Indiana, Miami, Detroit, Alabama, Birmingham, and other heavily-populated urban areas. Urban homicide is… Continue Reading...

American Dream and Wealth Gap

Economics and Global Capitalism The american dream has always been tied to homeownership, yet homeownership has always been a prospect made possible through long-term loans made to credit-worthy applicants. For Main Street, this was mainly the case at least since the Baby Boomers came to age. For subsequent generations, predatory lending came about as the monetization of debt became another way for Wall Street to make money off Main Street. The american dream prior to this was connected to the concept of upward mobility, but this too has been linked to the prospect… Continue Reading...