Essay about What Is The American Dream?

1217 Words Dec 9th, 2016 5 Pages
What is the American Dream? Many Americans believe the American Dream is the idea that every citizen in the US are equal and have equal opportunity to obtain success through hard work. Even if an individual was raised in poverty, he has an equal opportunity to achieve greatness as someone who was born into money. Because of the idea of the American Dream, many Americans are quick to judge lower class individuals as “lazy” for not trying hard enough and believe that everyone place in society is due to the amount of effort. However, how much of the American Dream is true? There are others who would disagree with the notion of the American Dream and believe an individual has more opportunities than others depending on their race, ethnicity, gender, and wealth. That is to say, a person who is discriminated against because of their race, ethnicity, gender, and wealth has less opportunities than others. To be even more specific, individuals can only do so much with the limited opportunities that are given to them and can be tied to social influencing the personal. The different opinions of the American Dream in America have divided US citizens more than ever before. By using my sociological imagination, I am able to see the reality that the American Dream is more of a fairy tale than reality and I strongly agree that inequality is unavoidable.
In every society, there exists some form of social stratification. According to McIntyre, “society is made up of social layers or…

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