The Epic Of America By James Truslow Adam Essay

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In James Truslow Adam’s book, The Epic Of America, he first defines, “The American Dream is that of a dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”. Immigrants come to America looking for an opportunity to better their life and their family. In the novel, Zeitoun, the American Dream for immigrants specifically the protagonist Zeitoun, a Middle Eastern man from Syria, finds the American Dream very different than the average American man. For immigrants, many face stereotypes and categorization based on their race, ethnicity, sex, or religion. Before Hurricane Katrina, Zeituon’s notion of the American Dream was his successful business and beautiful family; on the contrary, he was never faced with racial or religious prejudices like many other immigrants. However, during and after the hurricane Zeituon’s previous prospective of America was drastically changed when he was a convicted of crimes he did not commit and denied his basic human rights while in jail. Through flashbacks of the past, it is revealed that Zeitoun was born in Syria and worked as a sailor before he came to settle down in New Orleans to build his family with his wife Kathy and his own construction business. “Zeitoun, though, was too much like his father: first a sailor, then, to provide for a family and to ensure that he lived to watch them grow up, a builder” (25). In “What is the American…

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