Analysis Of American Dream By Walt Whitman

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The poem and the article both contrast the type of American Dreams they each believe in. "...where you actually get more pleasure out of saving than you do spending. It's a dream where you live below your means but within your needs." (Amadeu, paragraph 14). This article demonstrates the modern American Dream that is currently accepted and described as less materialistic based and more of one accustoming to what one needs, not wants. This 21st century American Dream is also based upon spending time with family and friends and helping out the community. "The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown..." (Whitman, line 7). Written by Whitman in the 1960's, it gives a glimpse of the …show more content…
"Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs" (Whitman, line 11). The tone of this poem as a whole is very joyous as if the author was celebrating the everyday life of an average American, demonstrating that it is possible to achieve happiness and be content in life with a basic job. One does not need a prestigious, high paid job to be happy enough to sing, but what people do need are a job in where they feel safe and enjoy. The way the author conveys the message of being happy within their job seems to be exaggerated because, in reality, there aren’t many individuals who are genuinely happy about going to work. Whitman's language also helped create this poem to give the text a more positive connotation by using happy words such as "delicious", "singing",etc; these words help build up the happiness and joy that the poet is trying to portray in people's jobs. This relates to the traditional American Dream because in this idea, everyone is happy with their jobs since it gives them money to pay for their homes, clothes, and other material objects they enjoy. The tone in the other document, "What Is the American Dream Today?" is all about the “New American Dream”. "Some people think the Great Recession and rising income inequality spelled the end of the American Dream for many. "But it only damaged the materialistic American Dream, which isn't achievable anyway." (Amadeo, paragraph 12). In this article, the author goes very into depth about the history of the American Dream and how it has changed overtime, giving it a formal and educative tone. She continues to provide an explanation of how the American Dream has changed throughout the centuries and also about how the definition of happiness that has changed along with it. American Dreams. The language found in this article that helped build up

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