Statue of Liberty gave out the first insight of the United States to an average immigrant who migrated to the country. The statue symbolizes American Dream, new opportunities, earning instant money and living a life of excitement. People thinking of American Dream are often conflicted with two opposite ways of life – One of which is the cohesive American experience, and the other one is filled with false hope and lofty expectations, which are hard to come by.
The quest for American Dream is magnificently highlighted in pieces of literature from several leading scholars such as Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925), Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy (1925) and much more. You could also see a conspicuous view of the American Dream coming out quite in detail, of the Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman; wherein the male protagonist of play, named Willy, is a pursuit of the American Dream. Does he really come across and live to his pursuit? Get into the plot of the play and you come to know the ideologies living behind American Dream.
In the beginning of the existence of American Dream, it was entirely based on the national ethos and the ideals of equal opportunities, rights, democracy, liberty as well as equality. James Truslow Adams in 1931 conspicuously demarcates that American Dream propounds: “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”
The dream also proclaims ideology where All Men are Equal and share the right to Life, Liberty, and Happiness. Many writers, such as John Winthrop, have written excessively about American Exceptionalism, which is nothing but American Dream in itself. The American Dream is thus the way of living in America with freedom of achieving everything and on all levels.