American culture and values are represented by one characteristic. The American dream, If you want something bad enough. You can have it. It often gets left out that in order to get what you want, you actually have to work for it. Americans nowadays have a sense of entitlement, something our founding fathers would be very upset with if the were here to see it instilled in us. In the article “Superman and Me”, Alexie states that, “The words inside the fence (paragraph) all had a common goal and worked together to achieve that goal”(Alexie para 1). This quote shows how dreams are made by people working together to make something great happen. Very rarely does someone fulfil a life goal without the help of at least one person along the way to that goal. America is a place of high achievers and people willing to work together to help achieve one another’s goals. Every American is given an opportunity when they come to this great country and only that person can control their destiny in America, but those who have the American dream will almost certainly go further than others. MLK started his “I Have a Dream”(King Jr para 1) speech with those exact words. I have a dream. In America dreams are the structure of what we believe in and everyone has one. Every American can have their dream be fulfilled- under one condition, you have to work for it. In his poem “Let America be America Again”, Langston Hughes wrote, “Let America be the land that dreamers dream in again”(Hughes para 8). In this quote by Hughes he shows that America is a place that dreams are accomplished by hard work and grinding away at your goal each and every day of your life.To be American means to work hard and get better everyday at even the simplest of tasks. Americans nowadays are stereotyped to be lazy and not willing to put in the time to get what they want in life, but those who do have the american dream will reach their goals and live a happy successful live here in this country.
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Hughes, Langston. “Let America Be America Again.” Poets.org, Academy of American Poets, 25 Oct. 2016, www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/let-america-be-america-again 25 Jun. 2017.
King Jr, Martin Luther. “I Have a Dream.” Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech – American Rhetoric, 28 Aug. 1963, www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm 2 Aug. 2015.
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