Everyday students work vigorously to secure academic success. They frequently set goals for themselves and strive to reach them. The American dream is like a grade which a student works hard to receive. It is a goal that one sets for himself. The dream, just like the grade, may not always be easy to achieve, but through hard work and determination anyone can live out their dreams. As people travel across the Atlantic from Europe, they look out and see the Statue of Liberty holding her radiating torch of freedom.
The new immigrants are about to step foot in America, home of the free and land of opportunity. Many people who come to America, or who are born Americans, have a dream of what life will be like in this wonderful country. Envisioning that dream is like painting a beautiful picture - freedom, prosperity and success all contribute to peoples vision of being a happy American. By viewing the American dream, of St. Jean De Crevecoeur, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Iola Leroy, and the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions one is able to see how different each one of us is, and how many dreams are really out there. St. Jean De Crevecoeur wrote about the American dream as a positive experience. De Crevecoeur came to America from Europe around 1754.
America to him was a fresh sheet of paper on which one could start a new painting of the good life. In America, one has rights. Americans can originate from anywhere and still be called an American. De Crevecoeur holds this fact to be of the utmost importance. Not only are Europeans, for example allowed to come to America, but they are also welcomed with open arms. They can live a life here that they only dreamed of before.
They are now free to follow their own self-interest, and work for themselves. People travel to America to find riches and success, and De Crevecoeur believed that self-interest was the key in reaching this dream. De Crevecoeur emphasizes that people who travel to America were looking for the land of opportunity; and, if you wanted it, you could find it. He also believed that as an American he could be free to work for himself, as could anyone. In addition he felt that being able to work towards his own self-interest made him more of a man. Through self-interest, people in De Crevecoeur eyes sought after the American dream.
And, they found what they were looking for, if not more. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of great power. Although he was a black man he was a man of whom the world listened to. King had a dream.
Although his dream was one of many, he took a stand to try and free America from injustice. Like what he wrote in his I have a dream speech, ... I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream have a dream that all men are created equal.
Kings dream is one that is already written in the Constitution of the United States. It clearly states, in our constitution that we all have equal rights, in everything that we do. However, unfortunately no one paid attention to our Constitution. Kings dream was to awaken the world to that.
Its sad that the black people of our society back then were so looked down upon. King fought for the freedom that his race deserved for so long. He showed the world that skin color is a minor detail that just makes each one of us different and unique. His dream was to unite everyone together, and give black people the opportunities that all the white people had.
He tried to teach the world that we are all equal and deserving of the same rights. Kings dream was not one that was easily attainable, however, he worked hard and made the world hear him. Iola Leroy is another individual who sought out her American dream. She longed for success in her battle against slavery, and she fought for her freedom and ability to make a difference. In her eyes, her American dream was always in site, there were just mountains and bridges to be climbed. She fought first for her freedom.
Iola was a slave as a child who was separated from her family, and before she was able to attain her American dream she believed that she needed to be reunited with them first. However, freedom was not the only challenge that Iola tried to gain, it was her self-worth that she yearned for. She wanted to make a difference in the way that black people were looked at. She wanted to teach communities how to migrate together. Her success was in making a difference in the world as she saw it. Her freedom came from surviving the world that she was in.
Therefore, making her self-worth an incredibly wealthy human being. The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions was written in 1848 by a group of 200 individuals both men and women. This document, although just a piece of paper, is in its self, an American dream. It is a dream for women to be equal to men. Women have struggled for decades to be allowed the chance to be amongst our nations elite. America is a free country with no boundaries.
Just because they are women, should not undermine their ability to be the leaders of the United States. The Seneca Falls Declaration was written to allow women the freedom to experience their American dream and succeed. Once given this opportunity women have risen to their highest potential. There are now females running huge corporations all over this world.
In addition to this, women are allowed to vote, and have a say in the decisions made in our country, for our country and by our country. Women are now allowed to have dreams here. They are now allowed to be able to give back to America all it has given to them. The females of this world are now looked at as a males equal, not their hostage. Whether it is achievement, love, freedom, or self-reliance, it can still be a dream that numerous Americans have. all of these people worked for what they wanted to attain. Everyone has a dream that they wish would come true.
Sometimes you have to step away from your mental picture that encompasses too large a dream and focus on the major goal at hand. All of these people envisioned their dreams, and just like a grade, through perseverance and hard work they can become reality. Where better to accomplish such dreams then here in America, the land of opportunity.