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The American Dream


Midterm Essay: The American Dream

The American Dream is so many different things to so many different people, especially
American's. While other countries around the World would like to argue that Americans'
only aspiration is to become infinitely wealthy, Dinesh D'Souza claims that it is not
wealth that Americans want. He believes that it is simply a better life. Michael Moore too
acknowledges Americans' ambition, especially his own, to create a better life for
themselves. These two views of the American Dream come from very opposite Americans, but
it is their differences that make their ideals so beautifully unique.

To begin the comparison between these two authors, I will first examine Moore's ideology.
As it is obviously stated in the title of his book, Moore is not exactly subtle person. He
voices his contempt of what has become the American Dream through his own story of an
underpaid and underappreciated pilot. Moore disgust for the pilot's situation when he
crudely utters, "Never, ever let someone fly you up in the air who's making less than the
kid at Taco Bell." (Moore, 48) Moore, of self-admitted wealth, sympathizes with men that
collect food stamps. These pilots, as well as the rest of Americans, are being robbed of
our American Dreams by corporate minions that have been stockpiling income for the last,
"two decades." (Moore, 50) These same CEO's and other suits are the greed at the tops of
huge corporations that, with the absence of Clinton, have had a field day with ripping off
Americans by and large through tax shelters, off-shore subsidies, and other means of
defrauding the American Public. Moore drives this point home when he attacks Mercedes Benz
tax dodging of emissions fines as a blatant tactic, "so that rich people could drive
around big, fancy cars and ruin people lungs." (Moore, 53) Although he admits to living
among the rich people, Moore points out that the government too is among those that are
flushing away the American Dream, because tax audits have increased among the less paid in
American society. Moore reveals that his true vision of the American Dream is the success
of people who have, "played by the rules, gave their heart and sole and first marriage to
their company." (Moore, 55) Certainly success is anything but guaranteed in any
competitive Capitalistic society. This competition is what makes America thrive. However,
Moore feels that it is not Capitalism fault, as much as it is those in areas of corporate
power that have stolen from their workers and left without remorse. Moore's harsh
criticism of the United States is anchored by his acceptance that there are no better
options anywhere else.

D'Souza, on the other hand, is an avid supporter of his image of the American Dream and
its presence in America. Dinesh explains the popularity of the American Dream worldwide is
because people wish for, "the American way of life." (D'Souza, 73) As if it was coming
from a foreigner, he continues to exemplify the American Dream as an outsider looking in
and seeing all of the splendor and appeal of Americans' lives. It is this enchantment that
causes people from all ends of the Earth to migrate to the United States and even leave
their families and traditions. The most emphasized element and essentially the core of the
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