The American Dream

The American Dream

  • Submitted By: LucasD98
  • Date Submitted: 10/20/2013 10:59 AM
  • Category: English
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Is the American Dream Achievable?

My opinion of the American dream is that it is all about success, wealth, happiness and health. Essentially it is an idea, a dream that anyone in the USA can succeed through hard work, and anyone is able to lead a happy successful life. The definition of the American dream is different for everyone. Over hundreds of years this definition has changed and evolved. Nowadays, the American dream primarily focuses on the wealthy aspect, as the u.s. is a nation driven by money. This makes the dream even harder to achieve for everyone.

I firmly believe that the American dream is not achievable. There are a few reasons why I believe this. First, the immigration rate is far too high, with the USA having the largest rate of immigration in the world. Secondly, crime is also a huge problem in the USA. Not surprising when America has the highest number of people who own a firearm in the world. Also, this crime problem ties in with racism, a lot of which is hate crime. still a big problem in a lot of states. Thirdly, the wealthy side to the dream is surely out the window, with a lot of people still earning minimum wage, or even less. An estimated 3.8 million people are earning minimum wage or below. Another reason why I think the dream is not possible is that, with 30.6% of the nation being obese, the healthy aspect of the dream is far from becoming reality.


It is said that anyone who works hard, and thinks big can achieve their goals in America. The land of opportunity, the land of plenty. For many immigrants, their dream is simply to become better off, money wise. Even if that means receiving minimum wage for manual labour. Despite the fact that a visa is granted mostly based on skill level of workers, in other words, highly skilled workers have an easier time getting into the USA to work, five thousand visa's are granted to unskilled workers each year. The immigration inflow per year is around 1 million...

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