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What symbolizes the American Dream ?

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What symbolizes the American Dream ?


Today, all over the world, everyone has heard of the famous « American Dream ». What's the American Dream for us ?

The American Dream is based on the idea that the United States of America is a land of freedom and opportunities. The notion of American Dream was born in the 60s by people who went to the USA, leaving their countries because of the wars, these migrants and all the people trying to make fortune went to America, trying to succeed int their lives. The idea is older than the USA, it's dating to the moment when people as European migrants began to hope for what was a new and largely unexplored continent.

The famous sentence of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the USA, in 1961 « do not ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country » who illlustrated the American Dream, Kennedy wanted to incite the population to believe in the American Dream and encourage them to be more involved in the economy and in the politic.


The global definition given by internet, by Wikipedia « The American Dream is the set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility , achieved through hard work. »

But our definition is :

« The american dream represent a lot of things for people who live in poverty and can be affected by economics crisis or war in their country. Indeed it illustrates a lot of things, values like the opportunity to have news and future prospects, accomplishment of life, have a good job, so a good standard of living with good conditions of live. »


The values of Amercian Dream differ according to people, in general they answered that it symbolizes freedom, sucess, hope, great integration in the society.

Freedom means to be able to act without constraint, on our own.

Sucess means to made reach a desired goal so succeed in whatever we want.

Hope means that we can believe in whatever dreams we have.

Integration in the society means to have a good job, a good live situation, a good family in a big house,prosperity, a good health...


The Statue of liberty is on Liberty Island in New York, this statue was given to the american people by France in 1886. The statue of Liberty designed by Eiffel represents a woman holding a torch and a tablet upon wich is inscripted the Declaration of Independance. The sevens rays of her crown from an aureole wich evokes the sun, the seven seas, the seven continents. A broken chain lies at her feet. Moreover, she is 93m tall including the pedestral, and weighs 204 metric tonnes. Generaly, the Statue of Liberty represents abstract nouns, like :

liberty/success/harmony/ambition/hope/freedom/trust/peace/confidence/civilization/opportunity/ independance/optimism …


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