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What is the meaning of 'the American dream' in 2003?

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What is the meaning of 'the American dream' in 2003? The hopes and aspirations of the American nation have changed massively over the past few centuries and as America continues to become the world's most dominant power, people are being forced to become aware of America and what it hopes to achieve. It is stated in the American constitution that anybody can rise to the position of President. The idea that anyone, regardless of their background or class, can gain a position of extreme power is central to American culture. Whereas in the 19th century, Abraham Lincoln promoted the idea that 'labouring for wages a while.... ...read more.

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The 'get rich quick' dream has been fuelled by the rise of the Internet and the many millionaires that it created, seemingly overnight. Hollywood can also be blamed, as many Americans want to emulate the expensive and yet leisurely lifestyles of the icons they hear and read about in the media. The American media can be held largely responsible for the way the American dream is portrayed to the American citizens themselves and also the rest of the world. The media took advantage of the general publics political ignorance by subtly confusing those responsible for the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001, with Suddam Hussain and his weapons of mass destruction, thus making any war on Iraq seem completely justified as it could be seen as self defence. ...read more.

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People strive for bigger homes and cars than their neighbours and in a society where competition for superiority over each other rules, is it a surprise that as a nation they also dream of ultimate supremacy? The attacks on the twin towers in 2001 shattered the security of the American public and just as a cat reels and attacks when threatened, the American government started a campaign to assert themselves as a superpower that could engage in a war without loss of life to their own side. America is a relatively new nation and just as it was colonised in the Elizabethan era by the British, it now seems to want to colonise others. The American public dream of a time when they will have nobody and nothing to fear, no matter what the price. Tabitha Gillan Page 1 5/4/2007 ...read more.

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