A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided | Analytical essay

The American dream is the pursuit of happiness and believing there is an opportunity for moving upwards from the social mobility through hard work.

This is the main topic of American writer Anand Giridharadas’ TED talk. Giridharadas focuses on how the American dream is portrayed in the American society.

Discuss the concept of the American Dream.

In the TED Talk Giridharadas focuses on the two contrasts of the American dream and the inequality in the American society. The contrasts are first shown in the title of the speech “A tale of two Americas” , which shows us the diversity in American society.

Giridharadas main statement is shown trough his two stories about Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi immigrant, and Mark Stroman, a white supremacist. These two stories illustrate the contrast of how the American dream is thriving for some, such as Raisuddin, however that the American dream is harder for some, such as Stroman and doesn’t always give Americans the chance to pursue happiness.

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