The English and the American Dream
Throughout the book Rereading America the American Dream is mentioned quite often. The American Dream deals with success and in some people’s definition of money. The definition of the American Dream is different in every person and also every country. English people have an overall definition of the American Dream that has many debatable issues which are controversial, have many risks involved and English people need to realize the importance of them. The interested parties involved in this issue: English people, Americans hiring English immigrants and Americans who are competing with English people for jobs, will also be looked at.
There are many debatable issues associated with the Myth of the American Dream interpreted by English people and the reality of this dream. Firstly, many English people believe that if someone can get to America they can become rich, which is not always true. Secondly the majority of English people really don’t understand how difficult it is to get into this country. To achieve citizenship, which is something everyone will probably want if they stay in America long enough, takes at least ten years and is almost impossible to attain unless English people get an immigration lawyer. This in turn is going to cost a lot of money because lawyers are expensive. Thirdly, the English don’t realize how much poverty there is in America. Almost everywhere in America there is a homeless person on the side of the street, especially in major cities where most English immigrants are going to live. Even in a small town like Katy there are people sleeping under bridges and begging for money during the day. In England there are homeless people but it is rare and unnoticeable compared to America.
The most interesting debate is the fact that English people believe that coming to America can only equal money and success. This belief is true in some cases but false in...