The American Dream – Essay 4

In text 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger argues that immigrants coming to The United State of America have to work hard to blend into the American culture. The American Dream is described as a chance to change your life into something you want, without any outer factors deciding what you can achieve in your life. He does think that it is very important to work hard for the country in return for the unlimited opportunities and the freedom of choices.

1. Give an outline of how the American Dream is interpreted
2. Compare language, tone and style
3. My own attitude to the American Dream

The Library of Congress refers, in text 1, to historical persons and events when they describe the American Dream, which is appropriate because of their ethos appeal. They have written the text with a very high level of style because of the formal language and the historical aspects such as the reference to the United State’s Declaration of Independence. “… held certain truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” (T. 1, L. 10).


I believe that the American Dream is a matter of people trying to reach their life goals and dreams, which could be job, money or family orientated. Therefor I will say that the idea and imagination of the concept American Dream is different from person to another. For me the American Dream is a question of exploring the opportunities and reaching as far as possible in life. I really like challenges so I think the whole concept, about how hard work pays of, is exciting. That is one of the reasons why I can relate to the text written by Wallechinsky. He says that people will “succeed or fail based on their own efforts” (T. 4, L. 14), which is, according to me, the truth.

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