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defining the american dream

By miss.barboza, west covina, CA

The dictionary defines “American Dream” as:
1.the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every
2.a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in
the U.S.

As my friend and I prepared to interview my mom on her opinion of the “American Dream,” I smirked and provided my own pessimistic opinion of the American dream as portrayed in this definition, dismissing it as a simple and unreasonable fantasy. My mother raised her eyebrows at me and began her interview with a strong retaliation.

“You can’t understand what the American Dream means.” she said coarsely. “You’ve lived here your whole life, you’ve always enjoyed the surplus of America.

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