The American Dream As It Used To Be And What It As Evovled Into: How Has The American Dream Effected The Way Hurricane Katrina Was Handled?

2502 words - 10 pages

IntroductionWhat is the American dream today, and how did it start out to be? Has it at all changed, and if, why did it and when? How did it change and who changed it? These are all questions which I hope to answer during the making of this report. The reason why I've chosen this specific topic is that the American Dream different, not to talk about drastic. The Dream allows for big financial and social successes, but it's also the root of great poverty and materialistic mentality. I've tried to analyze the situation the hurricane "Katrina" left the poor in, and how the American Dream has effected this situation. I hope you enjoy reading my project as much as I've enjoyed creating it.What is the American dream?The American dream is the ideology held by most Americans. Believing in the American Dream, is believing that prosperity can be achieved merely through hard work, courage and determination. This was the general opinion, amongst many of the European pioneers, who supposedly were the first to settle in America. The ideology was passed down, from generation to generation starting with the settlers. The settlers of the New World didn't wish to continue the model of government and economics, that they were familiar with from the Old World, quite the contrary. Their model gave way for unprecedented freedom, and the model especially allowed for possibility of drastic social upward movement. Meaning that if you work hard and determined, the possibility of going from very poor, to very rich was real. This possibility was massively enhanced due to the consequences of The War of Independence. It was this, because a great part of the American physical resources were yet unclaimed and was left with no ruler. This meant the promise of landownership and lucky investments in industry. The enormous continent, with its many unsettled areas, and with its many unclaimed resources, created the possibility of achieving great wealth. Also the Industrial Revolution combined with other factors, laid basis for the hope of "striking gold". Additionally the Industrial Revolution, which was the major technological, socioeconomic and cultural change in the late 18th and early 19th century, reinforced the hope. The main event of this revolution was the replacement of manual labour, with steam powered machinery.The American Dream was also one of the main driving factors, when the Gold Rush hit the New World in the mid 18 hundreds. Back then thousands of American prospectors bought cheap acres of land in the Rocky Mountains in hope of striking gold. Centuries later the Dream was still a driving force, now for the many immigrants coming from the poor provinces of Europe and other continents. Deserting the poor chances they were given of creating a worthy living in their own countries.The American Dream todayThrough generations the American dream has changed from its original form, to fit the given tendency of a given generation. But one basic concept of the original idea...

Find Another Essay On The American Dream as it used to be and what it as evovled into: How has the American Dream effected the way hurricane Katrina was handled?

This essay is about a midsummer nights dream and how it was affected by the time in which it was written its about 500 words

508 words - 2 pages A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's Dream was greatly affected by the time in which it was written. A few of these affects will be discussed in this essay, including how the language was affected by the time, how the religious beliefs of that time affected the climax, and how the views of the monarchy gave the story its foundation and set the play into motion.In the original version of A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare used words

“My way of life has fallen into the sear…and that which should accompany old age, as honour, love, troop of friends, I must not look to have…”It is not fate but Macbeth who is responsible for his...

1030 words - 4 pages Ajay Mohanraj"My way of life has fallen into the sear…and that which should accompany old age, as honour, love, troop of friends, I must not look to have…"It is not fate but Macbeth who is responsible for his demise. To what extent do you agree?Set to the backdrop of medieval Scotland, William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" portrays how the protagonist Macbeth is responsible for his own destiny through the deeds he commits and that fate

The the denial of the 'american dream' that was set upon slaves.

724 words - 3 pages The "American Dream" is an idea that originated from the Pilgrim Fathers and has remained in American society. It is the belief that America is the land of opportunity where everyone can be "great." The word "dream" is in fact probably the best way to describe the belief. It can suggest something wonderful to look forward to achieving, or, it may imply that something is only a dream, something that is impossible to achieve.In 1492 Christopher

Gatsby's dream was what destroyed him- an essay about The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald, and the way dreams can destroy the actual life

987 words - 4 pages stay a simple sample fisherman. Therefore he occupies his time and his mind trying desperately to reach a status he has always wanted and never had. Since he has a low family background he has to build his way to success with his own hands. The way he does it is not pleasant and he ends up compromising with his character for the biggest final aim that is his dream, with the idea that the end justifies the means.As every dream, Gatsby's dream has


1222 words - 5 pages and has a better feeling for the events which unfold. (Not part of the essay: the last 2 sentences equate to the term "It was boring as all buggery"). Emma is written in a period where the members of society are extremely well mannered and polite to one another. Contrasting this to America in the 1990's presents two totally different images. America with its confronting approach to life, the frantic pace and the promiscuous nature of

Shakespeare's Scenes:A Glimpse into the Life of an Artist as exemplified in <A Midsummer Night's Dream> and <The Merchant of Venice>. By Andrew Scott

2381 words - 10 pages Shakespeare's Scenes:A Glimpse into the Life of an ArtistIf one is to uncover a common thread between art and life, it can only be that of impermanence. The impact of constant change becomes as compelling as it is irreversible, and, thus, burrows itself deep within the mind and soul of the artist. One, then, cannot fully understand the art without, first, understanding the artist. Such is the case if one is to truly comprehend Shakespearean

What is The American Dream? and is it Attainable?

1057 words - 4 pages hunger in their stomachs. Also people view it as the faith held by any person that through constant work, courage and simple willpower one can achieve a life which they never thought possible. Many of these values were held by European immigrants and passed on to following generations. What this dream has turned into is a topic of constant debate, leading many people to use the possession of material goods or wealth as a measure or pleasure or

The American Dream...It is a "dream"

998 words - 4 pages happiness that is unique to them self. Americans have forced pleasure and in turn brought pain and discontentment.Overall, the status of the American Dream has declined in recent generations due to modern day pressures on society. As one can see, happiness is individualistic and differs according to a person's ethnicity, childhood, environment, age, gender, etc. The American Dream is not something that can be decided based on one experience. It is the work of a lifetime of finding one's interests, goals, and pleasures. As Art Linkletter once said, "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

TITLE- KING CREOLE Essay looks at the way that music was used in the popular Elvis film 'King Creole', and how popular music guides the film helping to define the characters within the story.

676 words - 3 pages ." Caine; 36The scene in question does not feature what would really be described as a rock 'n' roll track, it is more a soft lulling blues tune, but the majority of the film has rock 'n' roll songs in it. This was added to by the fact that Elvis' already had a preconceived reputation as a rock 'n' roll deviate, who had caused a national upheaval in America for displaying behaviour that was inappropriate."Elvis Presley provided a natural target for

Every Has a Dream

554 words - 2 pages Americans owned land, and only rarely did they have any freedom. George and Lennie want to buy a piece of land. To George this symbolizes his freedom, he will then be able to control his destiny, yet to Lennie, it means he will be able to tend the rabbits, and therefor pet them as much as he likes. Steinback expresses some of man's hopes and dreams through the main characters actions.George and Lennie live in hope that their own, very particular dream

College as the Pathway to the American Dream

3152 words - 13 pages Achieving the American Dream has been the ideal for people living in the United States for decades. People believed that the way to get there was through hard work, also known as the “Protestant work ethic”. The American Dream can vary depending on the person. Some people think that owning a house with a white picket-fence is the American Dream while others think that it is becoming a celebrity with a lot of money. For the purpose of this

Similar Essays

To What Extent Can “All My Sons” Be Seen As A Criticism Of “The American Dream” And The American Way Of Life?

2092 words - 9 pages his marriage plans he decides to take him out for dinner, where there will be ”big time tonight” with “steak” and “champagne” which would have still been not easily affordable luxuries. This can suggest that by the way Joe is splashing his money about that he is not ashamed of his wealth and sees no wrong in what he has done as he has worked hard to earn it for himself ans his family. Joe Keller represents everyman, he is a “man among men” with

"My Antonia" By Willa Cather And The American Dream. Assignment Was To Write An Essay About The American Dream That Uses "My Antonia" As An Example

668 words - 3 pages . Although not every immigrant in the book achieves the American Dream of success, quite a few characters go from a dire and impoverished state to a successful and decent state. This illustrates that the American Dream is achievable by immigrants, no matter what their state. Howard Schultz was born and bred as a poor American citizen. Now, he is the founder and Chairman of the world's largest coffeehouse. Many of my Antonia's immigrant characters

The American Dream Has Always Been Based On Belief That

1555 words - 6 pages Buchanan. Daisy represents what Jay Gatsby wants in his life as part of his American Dream. Gatsby feels that if he can spend money outlandishly he can impress Daisy, which would then in turn aid Gatsby's assimilation into society. Because of this fact alone it shows that Gatsby is unhappy and insecure with himself and that he hides behind his money. Thus, the unhappiness, the instance of one class trying to fit in with another dispels the

In Many Ways, Television Has Proved To Be One Of The Worst Inventions Of Modern Times. All Too Often, Television Is Harmful Because Of The Shows It Broadcasts And The Way It Is Used In The Home

1540 words - 6 pages choose for themselves. Families should spend more time together doing different activities that do not include watching T.V or any other movies. Television is an important form of communication but as everything else is it has its disadvantages and we should learn to work our way around them."« The Television Project :"« Daphne Miller, M.D. "Television's effects on kids: It can be harmful" http