The Dream Is Nothing More Than A Materialistic Pursuit Of Fortune

1410 Words Sep 24th, 2015 6 Pages
While some say that the American dream is nothing more than a materialistic pursuit of fortune, James Truslow Adams believes the dream contains much more depth. In his “Epilogue” to Epic of America, Truslow defines the American dream as “a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man… [a] social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable” (Adams 404). While Truslow admits that material success is an aspect of the dream, he points out that the most significant elements of the dream lie in self-improvement and social responsibility. The dream, according to Adams, is having the ability to reach full potential without the obstacles of socioeconomic status. He places the responsibility of defining a “rich” or “full” life on American society. In order to do this, American citizens must have agreed upon set of values as a country. If citizens leave government or big business in control of this responsibility, it may persuade individuals that they should strive for material improvement, rather than self-actualization. ***TRANSITION***In the movie The Truman Show, Christof creates his conceptualization of the American dream through the TV show “The Truman Show”. However, Christof’s synthetic stereotype of suburban America relies heavily on striving for material well being, basically marketing the American dream as a product that people can purchase. Truman Burbank’s…

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