American Dream

ethos of the United States

The American Dream is the hope that in the United States of America, anyone can become successful if they work hard and try their very best.[1][2]

Liberty Island, New York City, New York, U.S.



Many migrants, people who come to America from other countries, come to America because they hope for a better life. America is attractive to migrants, because often there is more freedom to become rich or famous than the country that they leave. The standard icon of the American Dream is the Statue of Liberty.

To Live Freely


American Dream also meant to live freely and equally with all other people in the United States.

The American Dream is also a main theme in the book by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men. The two friends George and Lennie dream of their own piece of land with a ranch, so they can "live off the fatta the lan'" and just enjoy a better life.

But the symbolism shows this is futile due to the fact that it will never happen, and Lennie ends up being shot in the back of the head as a mercy killing, like Candy's dog. This shows that not everyone can achieve the American dream, thus proving by contradiction it is not possible.

The Great Gatsby


Although it is possible to achieve the American dream for few. A lot of people follow the American dream to achieve a greater chance of becoming rich. This was easier in the 1900s and now it is really hard to achieve the American dream because of all the competition and hard work required to achieve this dream. This is also shown in The Great Gatsby.


  1. "Students - Procedure - The American Dream - Lesson Plan | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress". Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  2. Barone, Adam. "What Is the American Dream?". Investopedia. Retrieved 2020-06-05.