American Dream

Brian Walker

Definition of American Dream

The American Dream is having the opportunity to be successful and stable. It is also being able to have freedom and equality. The main idea is that if you work hard enough, you can be anything you want to be in life. Also, it is the belief that you have rights.
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I chose this picture because it connects with the American dream. People believe that if they chase after their dreams hard enough than they can achieve it. Its also an example of upward mobility because he was trying to go from a poor man to a successful business man.


There are many inequalities in America. Race, gender, wealth, social class, and the criminal justice system are a few among many. The wealth in the country is not evenly divided. On a scale of 0 to 100 the U.S is 43.2 in income inequality. Minorities being treated unfair is also an obstacle.


I believe that you can make your life better but because there are so many obstacles it takes luck to achieve the American dream. I this think the American dream is slowly becoming a myth because it is hard to become successful if you come from a poor family.