Essay about Who Is The American Dream?

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Can one truly be happy living the American dream? When watching the film American Beauty, I was shocked by how much a person would go through to achieve his or her image of the American dream. There truly isn’t a definition for the American dream; everyone has his or her own meaning to the American dream. At what cost is one willing to pay to achieve their American dream. Would one sacrifice their family’s relationship over achieving the American dream? Some of the characters in the movie choose the American dream over their family. Lester and Carolyn are the parents to Jane, in the film they were more worried about their own happiness instead of being involved in Jane’s life. Neither Lester nor Carolyn had a connection with their own daughter. Jane wanted that relationship with her parents, but they were too blinded by trying to achieve their own happiness. There are two scenes in the movie that contrast the image of the American dream, of how a family can sits down at the table and pretend like everything is nice in their life. If you look up in the dictionary the meaning of the American dream, it can be defined as freedom including the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children achieved through hard work. The American dream can be different for each person who has ever wanted to live the dream. To me one simply cannot define the American dream; it can be whatever your heart desires. Or it can be the simplest…

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