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Truslows Understanding of the American Dream

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This paper tells that Truslow’ s understanding of the American Dream was based on historical events where individuals migrated from their respective birthplaces to America in search of better opportunities to improve their lives. What he regarded as the American Dream was a vision of a place in which life should be improved and more affluent and comfortable for every individual, and where chances are up for grabs to every individual as per the individual's ability or accomplishment. Not considering the idea of material gain - the purchase and ownership of huge SUV's, good salaries, beautiful girlfriends and keeping up with the Kardashians to a desired progressive faith in personal accomplishment, the writer establishes the American Dream in a societal order whose inherent capabilities of the individuals conquers birth or position.

Even though found within the context of the American Dream, attaining material possessions is resultant of an individual's capabilities of growing exponentially to the highest possible development level, unhindered by obstacles which had been constructed by former generations; obstacles historically entrenched in social class. Development and growth are being realized from stability within the economic structures through the gains of increased vacation, influencing pleasure in the capability of enjoying the plenty, not in the never-ending pursuit of material possession.

An individual works to live and survive, and it is not the other way round. The writer is of a strong opinion that all through the American history, occupation, and misuse have been the outcome of politics, business and entrepreneurship ends unto them and not as a means to attain the American Dream. Additionally, particular personal conceptions of the American Dream entrenched in personal freedom may go against the wider societal values, particularly when hegemonic understanding of the norm seem to favor or deny a certain community through historical marginalization.

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