The American Dream: A False Sense of Hope Essay
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In an average day, an American is exposed to over 3000 advertisements, (Kilbourne). Whether they want to admit it or not, they are drawn toward them. A common scheme of the advertisers is to allow the consumer to “picture the new them.” Whether this be a wealthier them, a skinner them, or a prettier them, they gear there product towards every person and want everyone be able to connect with the advertisement and picture the “new them.” American Idol, Nutrisystem, and The Biggest Loser, the lottery, and many other “products” promote that anyone has the chance to be famous, fit, or fortunate. The successes from these “products” present themselves as they were before, with the sob story that hopefully touches a nerve with…show more content…
It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position, (Adams 412).
Adams’ true goal of his book was to identify what makes America unique and he did so by proving that America was and still is the only country to have this sort of dream of upward mobility, (Kamp par. 12) As time has went on the meaning of the American Dream has altered. When Adams trademarked the term the American Dream, the idea of it was for people to become “better and richer and fuller,” (Adams 412), but now as 20th century inventions have been introduced to society the dream has changed. People want what others have and what is portrayed as glamorous and prestigious. A prime example is Gary Soto’s recollection of his childhood obsession with wanting to be like the families he saw on the television saying, “I very much wanted to imitate [the families from Leave It to Beaver and Father
The American Dream: Life, Liberty and Freedom Essay
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The basic idea of the American Dream generally has stayed the same throughout time, although the majority of Americans seem to take the Dream for granted. The first settlers arrived to the New World in search of a treasure: life, liberty, and freedom. This treasure was and still is the American Dream. Now people from all over the world come to America in search of the same Dream; some even die trying. People were not as materialistic as people are now; they just wanted happiness. As time passed, people became more materialistic and began to take for granted what they were born with. For example, when my papa was a teenager he purchased his first car with cash. Everyone paid for almost everything they got with cash, not credit like they do…show more content…
Now hamburgers cost proximally fifty-nine cents and can be obtained from almost any fast food chain. As time changes, so do the wants of the people. Most people in their fifties and sixties want peace, love and happiness, this generation wants money, money and more money at almost any expense. It seems as if everything is centered on money and materialistic objects in one way or another. I have never actually thought about how old I was until about two weeks before Christmas. I was watching the afternoon news when a story about what little kids wanted for Christmas was on. I was astounded to see that children at the age of ten wanted pagers and cell phones. I could not imagine having a pager at only ten years old. But that is how times have changed.
As time changes so does technology. Medical advances have proved miracles, what once thought were deadly diseases, now are mere common colds. The American dream is easier to obtain thanks to increasing technology. Many people, who may have died in the forties with an incurable disease, are now living healthy lives thanks to a new drug or may be even an artificial heart. These technological advances change with time and knowledge. America, which is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, is one of the reasons everyone refers to the phrase “the American Dream”. Diseases such as aids and cancer are no longer