Free Essay

The American Dream Analysis

In: English and Literature

Submitted By shreetisigdel
Words 1554
Pages 7
Shreeti Sigdel
Hamilton
AP English III/5th
20 September 2013
The American Dream For generations, the American dream has floated around society in different forms. In the 19th century, it was viewed as an independent and cowboy-worthy lifestyle, whereas in the early 20th century, it corresponded to nationalism and unity. In today’s society, young generations often fantasize the lavish lifestyle of Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake while declaring it their American dream. The origin of the term dates back to 1931, where it was first coined in James Truslow Adams’ The Epic of America. Adams claims that the egalitarian nature of this dream began to take shape when the early Puritan colonists settled in America with the hopes of living in freedom from governmental persecution. Like the Puritans, millions of immigrants leave their country every year with the hopes of building a better life. Because of different generations’ perspective and individual values, it is difficult to assign a certain definition to the American dream. For example, to some people, the dream is often associated with success, while to others, it corresponds to future family stability. Whatever the version may be, America’s countless prospects guarantee every American the opportunity to achieve their dream through hard work and dedication.
While every American has heard the phrase, “American Dream” at least once in their lifetime, every non-American has heard it at least a 100 times. The opportunity to live in America was, and still is, a privilege that most American-born people take for granted. After all, America introduced modern democracy and its education system provides a variety of opportunities that are unavailable in many other countries. Of the 1,062,040 people that applied for residency in the U.S in 2011, these two factors, among many, motivated the majority to leave their motherland and achieve these prospects. The song, “America,” from the classic film West Side Story, emphasizes the countless opportunities available in the US, as opposed to the limitations the characters faced in Puerto Rico. Anita, the protagonist, stresses that Puerto Rico is an “ugly island” full of “tropic diseases” and “bullets flying” (West Side Story). She continues, stating that the country lacks electricity and other basic necessities. In contrast, Anita praises America for its comfort, freedom and infrastructure. She even goes as far as stating that Puerto Rico is so unappealing, “everyone there will have moved [to America]” (West Side Story) sometime or another. In agreement with Anita, David Kamp, author of “Rethinking the American Dream,” adds to her case, defining America as a “place where one could live one’s life and pursue one’s goals unburdened by… ideas of class, caste and social hierarchy” (Kamp). Despite the negative remarks about the non-existence of the American Dream, Kamp argues, “the American dream is within reach for all those who aspire to it and are willing to put in the hours” (Kamp). Neil Diamond, an American-born singer, emphasizes this aspiration in his song, “Coming to America.” Diamond’s perspective constantly shifts as he sings from an immigrant’s point of view at the beginning of the song and an American’s point of view at the end. He begins with, “we’ve been travelling far, without a home, but not without a star” (Diamond). According to Diamond, the star, referring to America, is the immigrants’ main focus. Despite their sacrifices, they still “hang on to [their] dream” (Diamond) even in the face of adversity. Their hunger and enthusiasm for America’s liberty and opportunities are what motivate them to continue.
In an effort to understand the personal hardships of an immigrant, I conducted interviews with a variety of first generation immigrants. When asking my father what his definition of the American dream was, he assertively answered, “to start a business of my own in America, to escape the limitations of Nepal and to create a better future for my children” (Sigdel, Sarad). Although he loved growing up in Nepal, my father confessed that the government was corrupt and he was apprehensive with the idea of raising us there. At that time, only a few Nepalese ventured to America and they claimed, “America was the land of opportunity” (Sigdel, Sarad). My father took their word for it, and left for America in 1998 while my mother, sister and I stayed behind. “It was hard moving to an unknown land,” (Sigdel, Sarad) my father continued, “and even harder to understand the culture, system, and how to communicate” (Sigdel, Sarad). But soon, my father did achieve his dream; after he settled in America, my mother, sister and I joined him. He eventually started two businesses (one that he still runs now) and is pleased that he has secured a “strong, safe future” (Sigdel, Sarad) while living up to “[his] expectations” (Sigdel, Sarad). Like my father, Angel Guillen admitted he left Peru “for [his] kids to have a chance at a better future and a higher education” (Guillen). When asked why he chose this dream, Guillen selflessly answered, “because it gives my family security and a peace of mind” (Guillen). In Peru, Guillen also heard America was the “best chance for freedom and opportunity” (Guillen), and with his father’s guidance and his wife’s permission, they departed for America. “The hardest part,” (Guillen) Guillen states, “was having to sacrifice my career and everything I had back home; being an engineer and coming here just to be paid minimum wage” (Guillen). When asked if he was happy, he confidently answered, “Yes! My kids have the best education at the moment, they have opened door for themselves and have the ability to choose whatever they want to do and live how they want to” (Guillen). While my father and Angel Guillen’s American dream was mainly the security and education of their children, my sister’s dream differed. Born and raised in Kathmandu, Shreya left Nepal when she was 9 years old. From a young age, her American dream was “to be able to work at a place [she loves], doing what [she loves], and positively impacting the world” (Sigdel, Shreya). When asked why, Shreya answered, “I want to be a role model for not only my siblings, but for my country as well. Coming from a 3rd world country has given me the motivation to work hard for my American dream” (Sigdel, Shreya). Despite her determination, Shreya confessed the competition was hard. “I’m not the only person with dreams, and certainly not the last” (Sigdel, Shreya) she candidly stated, but with the encouragement of friends and family, she achieved her dream. “I’m working for one of the largest oil and gas companies,” (Sigdel, Shreya) she beamed, “in the hopes of finding a more efficient energy source for the world” (Sigdel).
From these past two weeks of being exposed to a variety of goals and dreams, I noticed a pattern among first generation immigrants. While many American-born citizens view the American dream as being rich and famous, many immigrants strive for a non-tangible dream—to secure their family’s future. I realized this when taking in my daily dose of a page called, H.O.N.Y (Humans of New York). The website includes a variety of short, yet significant interviews and photographs of strangers the photographer meets in the streets of New York. In one interview, a young man with immigrant parents mentioned that first generation immigrants often “have to work hard and struggle” (HONY) so their children could be successful. In all honesty, he is correct. I have seen family friends and members come to America with almost nothing but the determination to set a life full of opportunities for their children. Because of this, I learned the significance of education at a very young age. I constantly challenged myself and strived to do the best in academics so I could prove to my parents that their struggle meant something. When I visited Nepal for the first time in thirteen years, I began to prioritize my goals. The amount of poverty, civil conflict, and lack of organization I saw was tragic and sickening. I couldn’t understand how I was living a life of guaranteed prospects and free education while young toddlers were starving in the streets. The overall experience taught me to value my county and realize the importance of helping others. For my American dream, I hope to use my education to benefit people all around the world so that, they too, receive the chance to set goals and dream big. Although it would be nice to achieve the cliché dream of being rich and successful, I’ve learned that the real American dream has nothing to do with materialistic possessions. Instead, the real dream is to be genuinely and unquestionably happy with your lifestyle.

Works Cited
Diamond, Neil. "America" The Jazz Singer soundtrack album. 1980
Guillen, Angel. Personal Interview. 11 Sept 2013
Kamp, David. "Rethinking the American Dream." Vanity Fair Apr. 2009: n. pag. Print. Ofice of Immigration Statistics. "Legal Permanent Residents." 2011 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics. N.p.: n.p., 2011. 10. Print.
Sigdel, Sarad. Personal Interview. 11 Sept 2013
Sigdel, Shreya. Personal Interview. 11 Sept 2013
Stanton, Brandon. "Humans of New York." Humans of New York. N.p., 9 Sept. 2013. Web. 18 Sept. 2013. <http://www.humansofnewyork.com/>.
West Side Story. Dir. Robert Wise. United Artist, 1961

Similar Documents

Free Essay

Pursuit of Happiness vs Hustle & Flow Film Analysis of the American Dream

...moment in your life that you cannot handle things anymore? Feeling powerless and you want to give up everything you have done so far? In the films The Pursuit of Happyness and Hustle & Flow it is noticeable a very important ideology that a lot of people have at some point in their lives, this is The American Dream. It is also significant to talk about the Mise en scene, the costumes and the angle of the camera in both films. In the film The Pursuit of Happyness shows how hard it is to be a single father with minimum resources to survive and all the struggles that he passes through to create a better life for him and for his son. Christopher is a black man and he does not have a lot of money, looking for ways to get money with different ideas but things did not get any better when he was kicked out of his apartment where Christopher and his son were living because he could not pay it anymore. Things kind of looked better when Christopher got an internship in an important brokerage firm but sadly that position does not pay him until he gets hired for a full-time position in the company and earn much more money than he thought he would have. The ideology in this film of The American Dream is very clear, it began with the fact that Christopher might be considered a failure dad to a lot of people at the beginning of the film because he does not have any properties, luxury things or anything for his own use, no job and problems with his partner. Christopher is a very good......

Words: 2301 - Pages: 10

Free Essay

The Relation of the Works of African American Authors with Islam

...Ali Alnasfan Mary Mullalond English 181 December 3, 2015 Literature Analysis: The Relation of the Works of African American Authors with Islam Introduction: The African American literature is full of enthralling stories, poems and riveting facts. The authors and poets have used various themes to express their depression, anger, plea and even hope. In this essay, various themes like racial discrimination, survival, honor and homeland will be discussed. Most of these themes that these authors have used in their work have a direct relation with the religion of Islam. All these themes have been discussed in Islam and the religion has provided answers to these problems. Following works will be discussed in the essay. 1. If we must die (poem) by Claude McKay 2. A Litany for Survival (poem) by Audre Lorde 3. I have a Dream (speech) by Martin Luther King Analysis # 1: If we must Die: Honor and honorable death is one such theme that is the main focus of the poem, “If we must die” by Claude Mackay. Claude McKay wants his people that are under threat from the white people and are being killed. He wants them to die nobly. Islam has given a huge distinction to the one who dies honorably i.e. in the way of Allah. This means if a person is doing something good, or is on his way to doing a going deed and dies, he dies a martyr. The Prophet [SAW] said: "Whoever fights to protect his wealth and is killed, he is a martyr. Whoever fights to protect himself, he is a martyr....

Words: 1255 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Martin Luther King Rhetorical Analysis

...Rhetorical Analysis of Martin Luther King’s Speech “I Have a Dream” Likita M. Taylor ITT-Tech English 1320: Composition I November 12 2012 Rhetorical Analysis of Martin Luther King’s Speech “I Have a Dream” “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” These are the opening words of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech”, which he predicted will be the foundation of the Civil Rights Movement and the turning point in finally ending segregation. Time and time again, his speech is credited as being “one of the most successful and most legendary speeches in United States history.”(Martin, 2010, 10 par 1). He was an astonishing, intelligent speaker who often relied on using strong rhetoric devices to get his message across. Through his articulate use of logos, pathos, and ethos, King was able to persuade his generation that "the Negro is not free.” (Martin 2001 par3). His speech became the rallying cry for civil rights and lives on to this day as a perpetual masterpiece. Before one can really understand the analysis of his speech, it is important to understand King’s arguments. His main point is that blacks are not free or equal according to the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. He argues that African-Americans must claim their full rights and demand liberation from inequality and suppression. King's audience is not only Black Americans, but his......

Words: 794 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Rhetorical Analysis of Dr. Martin Luther Kings “I Have a Dream”

...University Rhetorical Analysis of Dr. Martin Luther Kings “I Have A Dream” (Revised) Introduction On August 28th 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the “I Have a Dream” speech which was addressed to not only the 200,000 white and black Americans but people all around the world. The “I Have A Dream” speech has been considered one of the most greatest and powerful speeches in history. Why was it given? Simply to rectify that all me were created equal despite their race or color. In this Analysis I will be explaining some literary terms he used as strategies in his speech, and also explain how Dr. King used two rhetorical patterns to help him support his argument, those two patters are Ethos, & Pathos. Strategies Dr. King used many literary terms in the “I Have a Dream” speech such as Alliteration, which is the repetition of sounds. For example he says, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” The “c” in those three words of that sentence gives it a repetitive rhythm feel which will make that important part of the speech catch and memorable. Also from that same sentence he used Anaphora, which describes the most famous part of the speech, where in this case is “I Have a Dream”. Although he used it many times just buy naming this speech “I Have a Dream” it will make......

Words: 927 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

American Dream

...4.10.12 The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on hold 1. The writer’s central argument is that the American dream is not dead or on hold like many Americans think, but that the values and ideals of the American dream are still alive in today’s society. The writer point of view is that external factors such as the economy, has made people believe the American dream is unobtainable. According to the writer, that sentiment is not true because there are still opportunities in American to achieve the dream. 2. The writer uses many examples to prove her point. In his first example, the writer uses historical data pertaining to when the American dream slogan was created. The next example was a New York Times poll who’s goal was to see how many Americans felt it possible to start poor, work hard, and become successful. His last stat was on how many Americans were renting homes instead of purchasing them. The writer uses quotes from authors about his subject. He quotes Robert Reich’s “the year Wall Street bounced back” and Paul Krugman’s” The conscience of a liberal” The writer also inserted New York Times columnist Bob Herbert and D. Chapman into his paper. There were few comparisons and he used logical explanations to blend his argument and the evidence. 3. I think the writer is convincing because of the evidence he presented and his analysis of the argument. The writer always presented a point in each paragraph and thoroughly explained it. When the writer argued......

Words: 509 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Death of a Salesman

...Fiction analysis 702 Words March 2, 2013 Death of A Salesman By Arthur Miller Death of a salesman is a play that displays an imagine of the “American Dream” . Critics describe Death of a Salesman as the first great American tragedy and gave Miller credit for being the first in understanding the deep fundamentals that make up the United States. The play by Arthur Miller is based on the difficulty of achieving economic and individual success in a World War II society. In the play Miller presents differences between successful visions of the "American Dream" and "unsuccessful" ones. As the play goes on it continues to describe how the failure of William Loman’s and son’s Biff and Happy’s dream dies out. William Loman is portrayed as an insecure self-deluded traveling salesman. In a flashback, Willy tells his sons what it takes to be successful in America. He states, "Because the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want. You take me, for instance. I never have to wait in line to see a buyer. Willy Loman is here!" That’s all they have to know, and I go right through" (Miller). In reality this is only Willy’s fantasy. It appears that Willy is actually taken as a joke to other salesmen. Willy’s instability doesn’t allow him to fit into the society he pictures. As Willy is taking a shot at success his personal relationships begins to fail him. Willy is than......

Words: 702 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

What Death of a Salesman Conveys About the American Dream

...The American dream has stood to be each person’s idea of success. The American dream is usually associated with 1940’s America depiction of the ideal family, as can be depicted from television shows such as Leave it to Beaver. However, this is one aspect and shallow analysis of the American dream that is not appropriate for all reaching to achieve their American dream. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Miller succeeds in portraying this through the characters Willy and Biff. Their conflict represents two varying perspectives of the American dream, and this very struggle leads to the conclusion that the American dream is rooted in the pursuit of a better life. Throughout Death of a Salesman, Miller portrays two ideas of the American dreams and it is definite that they are “American dreams” as they both deal with success and that character’s idea of success. Though, this is where characters’ views differ and conflict with one another. Willy’s American dream is to have his children succeed and to leave his imprint on the society which he was unable to succeed in doing so in a life long career as a salesman. Furthermore, Willy lived in the ideology that being “well liked” was far more important and and necessary than being a Bernard type of person and make a living based on his studies. Willy’s belief and encouragement of this ideology upon his sons influenced Biff immensely. As a result, Biff did not put the effort into his studies that would have enabled him to pass...

Words: 750 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Climbing the Ladder Analysis

...Climbing the Ladder Analysis For generations, the American Dream has continued to stand as a vision that so many people have strived for in America. It is what attracts countless foreigners to come to the U.S and what also keeps them there. All these people are filled with ongoing motivation to eventually reach this dream. Yet, the Dream and its steps to success are not a definite list. In fact, the very idea of how to achieve such a dream has been debated for generations. Andrew Carnegie, a famous humanitarian and industrialist for his time, provided a very unique perspective of this American Dream. Carnegie was a very harsh but honest man. He truly believed that everyone had the opportunity to achieve the American Dream, regardless of social class, if they set their mind to it. So if people lived in poverty their entire life, he believed they deserved it and did not work hard enough for success. This shows that the American Dream was achievable to anyone and Carnegie did not believe it discriminated on social class. There were no shortcuts in his philosophy and in order to reach true success in the Dream, a lot of rules had to be met. One must dedicate their entire life’s purpose toward their goal of the American Dream and must avoid any distractions that might arise in the meantime. Carnegie consistently brought up the phrase “advance in life” and as a result gave the impression that the American Dream was a sort of race. The consumption of alcohol and attention......

Words: 815 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Mlk Analysis

...Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech can be considered one of the greatest speeches in American history. Over 200,000 white and black Americans gathered in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963 to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver this groundbreaking speech. This essay will analyze the speech for voice and rhetoric by showing King's main argument, how he supports that argument, identifying the language he used and the audience at whom it was directed. In addition, King argues that all men are equal and should be treated equal. Many times in his speech, King states how black citizens have been mistreated over the years. In the beginning of his speech King states "One hundred year later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination." King also states numerous times his dream for equality in the country. He says "I have a dream my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." However, King uses many historical documents to support his argument. The first document he mentions is the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order signed by President Lincoln freeing the slaves in the confederate states. It was the first step in equality for African-Americans. King also mentions the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. He references......

Words: 627 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Research Paper Mlk

...A Rhetorical Analysis of MLK Jr.’s “I have a dream” Speech Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one hundred years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which outstandingly furthered the civil rights movement. At that time, racial segregation, police brutality, and other forms of racial inequality were terribly prominent in America. The speech successfully focused the country’s attention at the need for racial equality “Now” (King, I Have a Dream). King gave the speech in order to motivate his followers to peacefully continue to demonstrate, protest, and boycott until they were fully granted the equality and privileges that any other citizen was allowed to have. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech is his most notable, and one of the most influential of Twentieth-Century-America because of his excellent rhetorical use of repetition and anaphora, contrasting metaphors, and appropriate quotations and allusions throughout the speech. Martin Luther King Jr. used a profuse amount of repetition and anaphora throughout his speech. A subtle form of repetition, the repetition of singular words, was mainly used to emphasize key themes in the speech and keep them in the minds of the audience. Such repeated key themes were “freedom”, “justice” and “injustice”, “America” and “American”, and plural nouns such as “we” and “our”. Since the preceding words were repeated so......

Words: 847 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

American Dream

...so-called ‘American Dream’ dead, alive or on hold?” He believes that the ideals and values of the American Dream are very much alive even though many people have lost confident in the Great Recession. Under the difficult economic circumstances today, Brandon redefines the American Dream as the potential to work for an honest, secure way of life and save for the future according to the more intense spending habits of Americans. In order to living the American Dream, Brandon lists solutions to three main problems, inequality, economic insecurity and eroded faith in the American Dream. In sum, he believes that though existing, inequality is not a reason for the lost of American Dream in the poor and supporting the top businesses would help the recovery of economy. He also highlights the values and rules of the American Dream, which would help living and inheritance of this spirit. From my perspective, I agree with the main problems he concludes but for some of his solutions, I stand on the opposite site of the author. I think narrowing the income gap is very significant and so do supporting businesses, while the dependence of the spirit itself is in the less important position. Following are my analysis of each argument. According to the article, inequality is regarded as the most worrisome problem by many people. In contrast with economists like Robert Reich and Paul Krugman who believe that the concentration of wealth at the top would not help living the American Dream because......

Words: 1225 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Great Gatsby - American Dream

...The American Dream, fueled by ambition and hopes of success, can often be exposed as a nightmare in disguise. Set in the roaring twenties, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby demonstrates such a point, criticizing the American Dream as well as the dishonest values of characters attempting to achieve this dream. When Nick Carraway moves to Long Island's West Egg, home to the newly rich, he is not expecting to get dragged into an atmosphere of depravity and deceit. Next door lives the elusive Jay Gatsby, a self-proclaimed Oxford man who throws extravagant parties at his mansion with the sole intention of reuniting with Daisy Buchanan, his lost love and true desire. The American Dream was traditionally the belief that anyone, regardless of background, has the opportunity to be happy and successful through hard work, yet as America evolved, the dream did too. The once virtuous ideal modernized into a plot for materialistic power. By the end of the novel, Fitzgerald is trying to project the idea that the American Dream is not only an unattainable ideal, but in addition, corrupts those who seek to obtain it. Firstly, Gatsby's unrealistic dream of Daisy is used to portray the unattainability of the American Dream. In Gatsby’s mind, Daisy is perfect in every aspect and the object of his greatest desire. He becomes so engrossed with the image of Daisy from his memories, that even she herself cannot fulfill his expectations: "There must have been moments even that afternoon when......

Words: 1030 - Pages: 5

Free Essay

Death of a Salesman

...Death of a Salesman Analysis In the play Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller crucifies the old-fashioned American Dream. Miller, while striking down the old idea that being well liked equates to being successful, shows that the American Dream of yesteryear can no longer be achieved. This idea is shown in both the last section of Act 2 and in the Requiem. Arthur Miller illustrates the condemnation of the old American Dream through Biff’s epiphany, Happy’s delusional success, and Willy’s funeral. While Biff flees Oliver’s office, he comes to a sudden realization that he’s been lying to himself his entire life and that Willy’s outdated version of the American Dream is unachievable for Biff and has caused him to fail. To reiterate this, Miller uses the “sky” (Miller, 1520) as a symbol for Biff’s possibilities. This is ironic, because Biff is running through “the middle of the [office building] and [he saw] the sky” without there being any windows mentioned. The “sky” (1520) that Biff sees isn’t the real sky, but the open-ness and the freedom that it grants. The sky also represents Biff’s chance to escape the web of lies that he has entangled himself in since high school, as its vastness is open and clear. The next way that Biff’s realization shows that the old American Dream has been demolished is that he denounces himself and his father of faking their way through life. As Biff and Willy argue, Biff admits that “[he is] not a leader of men” (1520) and that Willy is not......

Words: 1215 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

The American Dream

...English 093 27 February 2012 The Aging of the American Dream “There are now 37 million Americans living in poverty, and at 12.7 percent of the population, it is the highest percentage in the developed world.” stated Paul Harris in The Observer, June 8th 2006. Since then, the US has suffered a far worse economic downturn that has increased these statistics. It has become almost next to impossible for people who are in the lowest income level group to move up the mobility ladder which has become the dreams of many Americans. The American Dream is a very broad and general ideal. There is no real definition of the American Dream because each person interprets it differently. For some people it might be fame, some people might view it as better education, and for some others, it might be as simple as a better future. For most people, the American Dream means material prosperity, but many people in the US are still struggling to make ends meet. The American Dream, which has become synonymous with success and material prosperity, is no longer attainable for everyone since not everyone has equal opportunity. For most of its history, especially in the mid-19th to early 20th century, the US has been known as the “land of opportunity.” A myriad of immigrants from all around the world crowded and congregated into a land that was once far from developed. They came to America and started a new life, hoping to have a better future. The American Dream they envisioned was higher pay, a......

Words: 1101 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Fences

...Literary Analysis Essay on Fences The sport of baseball is an extremely integral aspect of the book Fences. Troy Maxson, our protagonist in this play, was a baseball player. It is Troy’s belief that the only reason he never made the major leagues was because he has the wrong color skin. Throughout the play, it is noticeable that Troy is still bitter over this and continuously makes references to current players and how he is much better than them. Troy’s life is a difficult one, and the connection between baseball and Troy’s trying life leads me to my point. The use of baseball in Fences is to symbolize the American dream and it being unattainable to Troy Maxson. First, how is it that our American pastime can be directly related to and represented as the American dream? There are several connections between the sport and the American dream that lead me to my thesis. The article Baseball as History and Myth in August Wilson’s Fences does a great job of connecting these two seemingly unrelated subjects. This article starts with a great quote by John Thorn saying, baseball has become “the great repository of national ideals, the symbol of all that [is] good in American life: fair play; the rule of law; equal opportunity; the brotherhood of man; and more.” Fair play shown through sportsmanship between the two teams, rule of law in “objective arbitration of disputes,” equal opportunity as each team is given a chance on both offensive and defensive sides each inning...

Words: 923 - Pages: 4