Ragged Dick By Horatio Alger Jr. Essay

1471 Words Dec 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Since the first expedition in search of vast land across the ocean, the American Dream has always followed along with it. It has been the creed within the hearts of Americans that the land fulfills goals. The Dream gives people the opportunity to obtain bliss; from venturing ideas, to turning concepts into reality. In the past, there was a notion that every individual could create a happy, safe and prosperous life for themselves if they exerted enough effort. In Ragged Dick written by Horatio Alger Jr., Alger depicts a protagonist leading exemplary lives, struggling valiantly against poverty, working from rags to riches, Alger’s protagonist gaining wealth and honor, ultimately the American Dream. The moral of his story is that the dream is attainable for anyone and everyone living here based solely on hard work, determination, and sacrifice. However, the American Dream isn’t quite the same as when it first established itself. Because of America becoming more corporate and industrialized, the increasing chance of progression is limited. The prestigious are more favorable than the lower class in corporate America. Alger’s version of the American Dream isn’t completely true; not everyone is given an equal opportunity.
Somewhat the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer due to our social class. Some individual believes that America is the “land of opportunity” and that if you dream it, you can achieve it. Some Americans cite the various “rags to riches” stories…

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