Essay on The American Dream By John Steinbeck

1459 Words Apr 30th, 2015 6 Pages
When the phrase “The American Dream” is referred to, many people will have an image spring to mind of a medium sized home with a white picket fence and a large, oak-type tree in the backyard. There, a brother and sister play fetch with a dog of indeterminate species, while a father flips hamburgers on a grill and a mother walks out of the door carrying buns for the midsummer picnic. The family is dressed well, they are up to date on the latest technology, and food is never an issue. It is very picturesque and stereotypical. As a society, we now recognize that dreams come in a wide variety. Some may dream of remaining single and traveling the world, while others dream of settling down and raising a family, and then there are others who hope to accomplish both. From composers to English majors to astronauts, America has seen it all. America is a nation formed on ambition and dissatisfaction with current conditions. It is a nation that always seeks for the best. John Steinbeck describes this desire very will in his essay Paradox and Dream. However, he has a very cynical view of this dream. One of the generalities most often noted about Americans is that we are a restless, a dissatisfied, a searching people. We bridle and buck under failure, and we go mad with dissatisfaction in the face of success. We spend our time searching for security, and hate it when we get it. For the most part we are an intemperate people… (Steinbeck).
While Steinbeck’s view is incredibly…

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