The Reality Of The American Dream

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In the summer of 2009, on June 29 the legendary Michael Jackson was announced dead. Michael Jackson was a music genius and prodigy. The King of Pop was the most successful entertainer of all time. For four decades, Michael Jackson changed the way artists all over the world looked at dance, music and fashion, making him a global icon in pop culture. He truly changed the world. Most people would look at him and say he lived the American Dream to the fullest. From the talent to the fame, he had it all. He was successful, rich, famous, and admired all over the world but do these aspects of his life really relate to those of someone who has lived the American Dream? Many people when talking about the idea of the “American Dream” primarily thinking of the romantic aspects of this idea. People think of the key elements of the American Dream such as equality, liberty, independence, hard work and success.These romantic elements of the American Dream are then emphasised in the world. People much like Walt Disney built an empire off of these romantic ideals such as “You can be who you want”, “ If you can dream it, you can do it”, and “Hard work equal success”. These parts of the american dream are the very appealing parts of the american dream characterize. This side talks about the reverse of the romantic ideals. For example, how hard work does not always result in success, there are many other factors that contribute to those that are highly successful. Every American wants to live out the american dream of equality, liberty,hard work equals success but in reality is it very rarely obtained. These ideals from both the romantic and the realistic side of the american dream are strongly expressed in books such as Great Gatsby, The Outliers and The Invisible Man.

When every boy and girl is born, they are told they can become anything they want whether it is an astronaut, a doctor, an athlete, or a doctor. Such dreams seem attainable when you’re only 7 and 8 years of age. This exemplifies the romantic side of equality in terms of the American Dream. Every American grows up with the idea that everyone has an equal chance of achieving their dreams. We look at many stories about people going from rags to riches like youtube popstar Justin Bieber or Forbes list billionaire Sheldon Adelson, owner of Las Vegas Sands. These famous people makes the idea “you can become whatever you want if you put your mind to it” more reachable. Many people put on or have a facade that makes becoming your dream easy. In Fitzgerald's book Great Gatsby he depicts this very romantic idea of what you want through the main character Great Gatsby. In the book Nick, the narrator states as he is at one of Gatsby’s parties, “ ____” (___). On the other hand if you take a closer to look at how these people came to be so successful it was a matter of opportunity, talent or unfair means. As Malcolm Gladwell states in his book The Outliers about a very wealthy man by the name of Joe Flom...

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