The American Dream : Great Strain On Material And Money Success

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According to Messner & Rosenfeld (as cited in Miller, Schreck & Tewksbury (2011), believed that the American dream placed great strain on material and money success and little importance on being a good person. Today, when it come to the American dream, we pass on from generation to generation what we have learned from society. For example, we teach our children to desire expensive cars, the size of a TV, designer shoes and clothes to show their status in life.
Miller et al. (2011) agree due to not obtaining the American dream and having blocked opportunities. People will find alternatives to try to achieve the American dream because it has been deep-rooted in them since they were a small child. Society tells everyone that they are a success based on how much material wealth they have obtained (Miller, Schreck & Tewksbury).
However, due to quick change and a combination of different cultures meshing together, people would be confused due to all the changes in society, this was known as anomie because what was once normal is not considered normal anymore. On the other hand, being kind, helpful, caring, understanding, patient, and loving are some of the words that come to mind when asked to list the qualities of being a good person. One usually knows a person is good at what they do, such as performing thoughtful deeds not by how much money a person has. The American Dream was hope as a way to have a better life. For example, immigration started as a movement of people…

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