Not everyone in America has the money they need to get by, or to live how they want to. Americans of low class can’t compete against those of high class. While some people can achieve The American Dream, others struggle with just living. With the right mindset, anyone can achieve the dream. Like many others, I can see the difference in class, just from how people behave. Money and class affects how each person is treated as an individual, rather than who they are.
Lower class Americans don’t usually have the advantages that those of higher class have. A man who shows up to a job interview in a suit and tie will have a better chance of getting the job rather than the man who only has a T-shirt and jeans to wear. Appearance plays a key factor in interviews even though it does not affect how well you do at the job itself. A wealthy man also knows how to carry himself in a way that makes him look upper class. “From how close to stand to people to which colors to wear, Sayles has developed a precise formula for how to mix confidently with the upper classes” (People Like Us: Social Class in America). A lower class citizen would not know all the things that are expected or someone of upper class. They could go to the self - help counselor, but only if they have at least $1,500 to spend on it. Wealthy people also tend to have connections to help get them what they want. They know, and are friends with, people in high position places that will help them land a better job if need be.
The American Dream may be easy to some, but others can barely scrape by. The idea of an “American Dream” differs person to person, but it is universally agreed on that making minimum wage is going to make it hard to reach the dream. “While federal law requires employers to cover the gap if tips don’t take workers at least to the regular
full minimum, now $7.25. Deluca says her didn’t” (Smialek). Employers of tipped based workers fail to inform their employees of the law that they must cover the money not made in tips if the wage does not meet $7.25. It is nearly impossible to live off of minimum wage to start with, let alone even less. Even if The American Dream possessed is to just own their own house and car, it is too hard to achieve. Though some people live in wealth and never have to work a day in their life because they were born into money, others live paycheck to paycheck struggling to merely survive. With education and hard work it is possible to move on from a dead end job, but it is difficult to take the first step in doing so.
Attitude and Motivation help Americans climb the economic ladder. “The American Dream is not restricted to just those in the lower economic class or the upper, this hackles everybody,” (Today: From Shelter to the American Dream). Many low wage workers think that it is impossible to move on to a career, but they are wrong. Adam Shepard went...