The American Dream Is the Pursuit of Happiness. Yes I think everybody has an equal amount of access to the American Dream, because everybody has a different mindset to the meaning of happiness. Knowing that how people get to that happiness is completely up to them, they have a right to their own thinking process. When Perry’s sister sent him a letter while he was in prison she explains how he broke his father’s heart. Perry saves that letter, even though he despises his sister for writing it to her.
Hey Miriam Meadows, Its me again! I really think your answer is interesting. What is happiness itself? Wikipedia says "Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources. Various research groups, including positive psychology, endeavor to apply the scientific method to answer questions about what "happiness" is, and how it might be attained." but I believe that happiness is simply what we experience and exciting. And therefore I completly agree with you statement; "Everybody has a different mindset to the meaning of happiness. Knowing that how people get to that happiness is completely up to them, they have a right to their own thinking process." -Miriam Meadows :)
I like the approach you gave to the question that the happiness that each individual seeks is different, making it equally attainable. In this aspect of the American dream I must agree that the opportunity of attaining happiness, therefor reaching the American dream, is equally accessible to all Americans.
Everyone has the write to the American dream, it all depends on the persons hard work and determination. The American dream is that all US citizens should have an equal opportunity to achieve success. Well we do because I have the same equality as someone else my age, but what they have and I don't is that they have more determination. Nancy and Keyon are very different people, but they are also very dedicated to what they do and want which gives them an equal opportunity to have the American dream.
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The definition of the American Dream according to James Truslow Adams, the author who coined the term in 1931, claims that the root of the American Dream is equality for all citizens, regardless of social class or circumstances of birth, with rewards that correspond to the skill set and desires of a certain person. Regarding the term within this usage, all Americans should have access to this dream, but, as with most theories, the real world application conflicts with the theory. Also, due to its inclusive nature of all citizens being equal, it cannot exist within one person, but has to exist within a macro/microcosm. Examining Capote's book, in the beginning the Clutters live the American Dream because of the small town of Holcomb and all the dream-like, Americana qualities it posses, but when Capote expands into the worlds of Perry and Dick, the audience then can see that this American Dream no longer applies. A power struggle is introduced within these two men, one who had a respectable upbringing and one who didn't and how they are treated because of these backgrounds.
When considering the characters in In Cold Blood, The American Dream, defined as "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement", has the potential to be applicable to all characters in the book. Herb Clutter is described in the novel as a man who was "not as rich as the richest man in Holcomb." This description of him shows that even people who are not of extensive wealth are capable of achieving the American dream. Therefor, all people potentially have equal access to the American Dream. However, not all people successfully access it.
I agree, Morgan. It is true that every American truly has equal access as well as resources to achieve the American dream. However, most people fail to achieve it due to a lack of hard work and determination.
I believe that too Morgan. The dream is accessible but it depends on how bad anyone really wants to work to get that American Dream. It's there and open to everyone, it just depends how bad they want it.
All American's have that same dream and regardless of what social class you come from, you should be able to obtain is. Herb Clutter wasn't the richest man in Holcomb, but he still had his fair share of the land. Most American's now try to define our dream by who can pay to get to it, but in all honesty it's who wants to work for it the most, like Herb, that actually manage achieving the dream.
I agree with your statement, Tristan. Many people now think that happiness revolves around having a lot of money to buy material things, that I think a lot of times don’t actually fully satisfy one’s happiness. Of course, an economic advantage helps, but it isn’t the main element for happiness.
I disagree with your statement Tristan, I believe your social class does affect of how you obtain the American dream, for example yes even though Herbert Clutter wasn't the richest man of Holcomb, he still didn't have to struggle for money as opposed to Perry and his father, Tex John Smith, Which we see later on affects Perry's childhood and has an impact of the way he was raised.
i believe that all people have an equal amount of access to the american dream. This is due to the fact that we all have equal opourtunities to reach out full potential and our ultimate goals of achievement so yes all people have equal amount of access to the american dream.
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The vision of an American Dream is a reality for the Clutter household, as evident through Capote's descriptions of their success. Not only does Mr. Clutter own a large property that brings him a sizable amount of wealth, but his family is recognized and respected in the community. This degree of accomplishment is not possible for the novel's antagonists; Perry lived a lonely and disorganized childhood, and Dick faced similar disadvantages. Although it is possible to overcome these things, Capote develops a theme of how the American Dream is not a reachable vision for many Americans. This theme is emphasized by Dick's resentment towards those who have reached that degree of success: "...Dick saw the man, who was his own age–twenty-eight or thirty ... he looked as though he knew the glories of money and power" (201).
I agree and think those are good points. It does seem like the antagonists have a lot less access to the American dream than the protagonists.
I agree with your answer Jose. Certain people are denied to American Dream, based on race, religion, etc. Dicks resentment towards people who have done well is because he wants to reach that status, but knows that it will never happen for him.
I feel your selection is an accurate portrayal of the "American Dream" in the novel. It is possible for many to achieve the American Dream as is meant to be shown in the Clutter household, however not near as attainable for Dick and Perry. The idea of the American Dream is that everyone and anyone can attain it but,its clear that the "dream" is only a dream in the novel. Firstly by how life has been dealt to Perry and Dick but also through how even when the dream has been obtained like Clutter household has done, it can be taken away in an instant and therefore is never truly capable to have.
The American Dream is the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to be successful and prosperous through hard work and determination. Every American citizen has the right and the possibility to achieve this dream, all that is needed is determination and willingness; an economic advantage is helpful, but it is not all that is needed to reach on's goal and be happy. Herb Clutter who "was not as rich as the richest man in Holcomb" however was "always certain of what he wanted from the world (and) had in large measure obtained it" (pag.6)
In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. Therefor it can be stated, that the American Dream applies to the Clutter household, in terms of their success. Mr. Clutter owns land and his family is respected by the city. However, this is not the case with both Perry and Dick. Both are not rich, wealthy or own property. They also do not feel as if their opportunity to ability or achievement is the same; "...Dick saw the man, who was his own age–twenty-eight or thirty ... he looked as though he knew the glories of money and power" (201).
Not everyone has equal access to the American Dream. Childhood is the foundation for one's future. If someone has a dreadful childhood, they will never accomplish the American Dream. Nancy Clutter would surely have lived the American Dream had she somehow lived. She had a solid foundation for her future. Perry never had this solid foundation. He was not even allowed to receive a full elementary-level education. His father dragged him around the country, instead (132). His opportunities were limited because of his limited education. That is not something that can be fixed.
I agree with you Kelsey. If you compare Nancy Clutter's upbringing with Perry Smith's upbringing you will find major differences. Nancy had both of her parents, a support system through the community, a father who was wealthy, and was white. Perry lived with his father for most of his childhood, always traveled and never connected with anybody,was poor and uneducated, and was Indian but looked like he was black.
I agree with this, Perry had a very different childhood compared to Nancy. Perry lived in cars throughout his childhood and he ended up living in cars and traveling a lot for his future, he had to work harder. Nancy lived in a well established home, she was very stable. She could very easily attain the American dream
I agree with you, childhood is a very important stepping stone and since Perry never fully enjoyed his younger years he was denied his American dream. It could have been completely different if he could have enjoyed these years.
I believe that everyone is capable of accessing the American dream, but i believe that this comes with the price of hard work and determination. Although, it does not necessarily mean the individual has to have money to obtain it. in the novel, the reader notices that Herb Clutter ("not as rich as the richest man in Holcomb") earned his dream through hard work which made him a very popular and well respected man. It is proven that in the novel, Dick and Perry went through great measures to steal money and to obtain this American dream, but it ended in a downfall which makes these characters a major contrast to each other.
The American dream has been stated as equality to all people in America and for them to be happy as well. Herb Clutter shows this around page 6 as he is shown as not the most wealthy of people but he enjoys the life he has been given and he even partakes in community projects. This is a person building up his dream land and truly enjoying it for what it is.
Perhaps the American Dream is controlled by perspective. Herb Clutter may not have been the richest in town, but he was the second most richest. It is easy for him to believe in the Dream because of his privileges, and that belief is what makes it real to him, but for other characters in the book the same could not be said. The concept is like religion, for the believers it exists but for non-believers it was never real.
I think everyone has access to the American dream. Everyone just has a different way of getting there. For Mr. Clutter he decided that having his own business would create a large open door for the American dream . He also steers his children in the direction of the American dream like pushing Nancy to “be a straight-A student, the president of her class, a leader in the 4-H program and the Young Methodists League” (18).
Not every American citizen has access to the American dream in this time period which is shown mostly through Perry during the book. Perry was hated in the book as a child for "being half- Indian" (132), and had only "finished the third grade" (132). Perry cannot accomplish the American Dream with a low education, and being a half- Indian in this time period, because if you were not white, rich, educated, their was a bias put towards the person in others minds, that will cause people to limit his tries in success. It is also stopped through Perry's past troubles that haunt him during his life and causes him to act out, and puts him in a worse place.
Anyone is able to achieve the American Dream it depends on the person and how hard they are willing to work for it. If people work hard and aim high they are able to achieve anything and admired for that. Good example being Nancy who could practically run the whole house and was "a straight-A student, the president of her class"(18) and even looked at as "one definition of a lady." (25)
The American Dream is an idea that suggests that anyone in the US can succeed through hard work and has the potential to lead a happy, successful life. I think that not all Americans have equal access to the American Dream. Look at Colleges like Harward and MIT. Poor people have an outside chance to go there, and being able to affort it. In 'In Cold Blood' Perry, who as an adult wants to learn more and enjoys the language, did not even have the opportunity to finish elementary school.
Americans like to believe that everyone has an equal right to the "American Dream" but the second they are confronted with someone who is not like themselves, they turn away and ignore them. Herb Clutter got to work his way towards his dream because he fits the mold of the perfect American, but Perry, whose legs were trashed in a motorcycle accident and didn't finish elementary school, would not have stood a chance in getting his dream, no matter how hard he worked.
Exactly, the American Dream is only considered to be equal to people who have had their fair share of it, but in reality, the American Dream is about as far from equal as it could possibly get.
As defined by the Mariam-Webster Dictionary, the American dream is an American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity. Which is to say that it is the ideal that everyone has equal opportunity in regards to social, political, and economic terms to gain as much material wealth. In correlation with the book This is only partially true. Such as the case of the Ashida family mentioned early in the novel. If the American dream were completely true, then the family would not have to move for a better opportunity. They were tenant farmers, making a social and economic hindrance for them to achieve the American Dream.
I recognize the efforts completely of the reference Miriam-Websters Dictionary for their definition to what the American dream really is. I agree to the statement regarding the Ashida family and how they play in as factors as why the American dream cannot be completely true. I really think that the Ashida Family should be a more recognized example for the legitimacy of the American dream.
Indeed, every American has an equal chance of achieving the American dream. However, this standard does not settle on an individual without hard work and determination. Herb Clutter and Dick are two perfect examples of this. In the book, Herb Clutter is a successful man who owns a House in which he lives with his family. Basically, he is considered as living the American Dream. He has worked hard to achieve such a life which makes him stand out from other people who have the same resources to this lifestyle. Dick was raised by a loving family who have raised and treated him right throughout his childhood which shows that he had equal access to the American dream. However, different from Herb, he rejected success by making disastrous decisions which ultimately caused him to murder a family of six alongside Perry. In conclusion, every American has equal access to the American dream. However, many fail to achieve it for the reason that they are not willing to work hard and determined.
Although I find your examples spot on in regards to the men in the book with the 'American Dream', I disagree with your final conclusion that those that fail this dream lack hard work and determination. We, as a society, cannot deem the way to success as an absolute; although the lack of hard work and determination greatly influence a person's social mobility, those are not the only factors affecting it. Things such as a lack of parental guidance and support (or lack of parents altogether), lack of education, lack of wealth and social status, and racial discrimination cannot be cast aside and labeled as 'excuses'. Another facet of Dick and Perry must be mentioned in regards to the 'American Dream'; although relatively sane in public, the duo share mental instabilities that the doctors of 1959 could not treat or even fully comprehend. Lobotomies were still a valid mental health treatment during their time and psychiatric medicine was no where near the level at which it is at today.
Good discussion Stefan and Tom
The American Dream is achievable by anyone. As you've seen all over this blog post, the definition of the American Dream, coined by James Truslow Adams is "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement". Herb Clutter has reached his America Dream. Of course there are some flaws such as is clinically depressed wife and some money issues, but he still grew a small unprofitable farm into the large, well known River Valley Farm. Perry, who's always dreamed of going to the sea side and skin diving for treasure, is only able to reach his dream temporarily after scrounging for money and murdering a family. Might have things gone smoother for him had he kept an honest living? The plausible answer would be yes. Because, taking Herb Clutter for an example, the American Dream is achievable through an honest living and hard work, not murder and artful knots.
Your observations about the Clutters is quite agreeable, but I am seeing an extensive stressing on the plausibility of Perry living a successful life of honest work. As in part two of the book he did try to make an honest living, but everything worked against him in that regard. His father rejected him, which completely ruined his ability to achieve that dream.
That's a limitation that I overlooked for sure. Also, with Perry's bodily problems, there were actually many limitations to his achieving of the American Dream.
The idea of the American Dream has been rooted in the United States since the creation of the Declaration of Independence, however the structure of that belief has changed overtime and also evolves into what each person believes it to be. What is determined as the American Dream today may be different in twenty years, the Clutters or specifically Herb may have attained his idea of the American Dream the book states " Always certain of what he wanted from the world, Mr.Clutter had in large obtained it." (6) however that was the dream of Herb not necessarily though the American Dream. Therefore due to its changing definition can it not be considered that the American Dream is technically unattainable since every person and the time period have its own idea of what the American Dream is.
I agree. And not only is the American Dream debatable, but some people may not even want the over-preached American Dream. Kenyon grew up seeing his father and brother become farmers and have "American Dreams" full of acres and wheat. But Kenyon liked to build and modify electric gadgets, which hinted towards a future in mechanical engineering when he grew older. His dream was to be a builder, not a farmer. So, this technically went against the proposed American Dream of Herb Clutter and his farm.
I do not believe people have equal access to the American Dream due to the amount of racism and oppression in America. Throughout In Cold Blood there is evidence of this racism when Perry says "There was this one nurse, she used to call me 'nigger' and say there wasn't any difference between niggers and Indians." (132) This racism severely disadvantages Perry (being half Indian) as well as many other minorities seeking the American Dream.
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Although the 'American Dream' promises wealth and prosperity for anyone who is willing to work diligently, it is only achieved by a small margin of people. Herbert Clutter, the epitome of a man who succeeded in accomplishing the American Dream, went to college at Kansas State, was part of the Federal Farm Credit Board under President Eisenhower, and then created an extremely prosperous farm with the River Valley Farm. Although Herbert did work extremely hard for everything he achieved, he was also aided by his upbringing. He had a mother and father, a thorough education, and was a white Methodist man. Having all of these ingredients to become a successful person in this particular time, Herbert was destined to not become a failure. Perry Smith, on the other-hand, was not so blessed when it came to his upbringing and childhood. Perry's mother and father had split when he was only a young boy, which caused great instability in his life as he went to live with his father (while his other siblings left with their mother). Perry's education was finished by 3rd grade as he had to continue traveling with his father in search for work. In addition to the lack of parental support, Perry was also half native-american. This, albeit much less influential than a lack of education or stability at home, can also be referenced when finding reasons for Perry's inability to accomplish the 'American Dream'. Dick Hickock, in contrast to Perry, had a stable relationship with his mother and father and received a high school education. The fact that Dick is portrayed as the more sinister murderer in the book is ironic, as it juxtaposes Perry's turbulent childhood as Dick had the necessary tools to become a man of integrity. In conclusion, the 'American Dream' is elusive to most and having a positive childhood does not automatically grant wealth and happiness.
The American Dream is definitely attainable by anyone. However, it significantly depends on the person's attitude towards this standard because no achievement comes without the required hard work. We see that The American Dream is a major theme in the book In Cold Blood. The protagonists Dick and Perry pursue their own American Dream and the Clutters’ deaths symbolize how quickly that dream can be shattered. Herb Clutter has risen from modest beginnings to becoming a ranch owner with a comfortable lifestyle. He encapsulates the concept of the self-made man, which is a central theme in the American dream. The Clutters’ simple, modest lifestyle shows that the American dream is simple in what it entails. Therefore, with enough will and the right path, its is definitely possible for anyone to achieve such goals.
Essentially the American Dream is the right for an American citizen to pursue success. Everybody is entitled to pursue the American dream, but that entitlement is not always equal, as one person may be more entitled than another. In the book, Perry was discriminated against by a nurse in a children shelter for being half Indian, and was put down by the nurse, as well as others in the shelter. Similarly, many people in the U.S. are put down, denied jobs, shelter, and even fair rights due to their race. Not all Americans have equal access to the American Dream.
The “American dream” is indeed a possibility to anyone. The problem is that it is not equally accessible to all Americans. People that are borne in a wealthy family have a much greater chance to achieving this said dream than someone who comes from a not as successful family. “In cold blood”, as an example, studies the life of the Clutters, who were already living the American dream, and the two murderers, Perry and Dick who were much farther from attaining this dream. These several characters had very unequal and different opportunities to reaching the American dream.
The American Dream is virtually achievable by anyone who is willing to take on the extensive amount of hard work and determination it takes to obtain such a dream. However, I would also argue that it is not equally accessible to everyone to achieve this dream because of the different positive and negative aspects of everyone's childhood either helping to push them towards the dream or holding them back. In the book Herb Clutter was able to reach this American dream by working hard and building up his small farm to a profitable and very well known farm. Dick, just as equally a candidate for the American Dream, goes about trying to achieve this dream in a very different way. His selfishness causes him to lose his chances at living such a life.
I agree whole heartedly with your beginning statement. Anyone who works for it can achieve the "American Dream." If anyone wants to, and they put forth the effort, they can achieve anything.
The "American dream" isn't in equal grasp for anyone I believe. Herb was a man who was maybe raised by both good parents who taught him from right and wrong. Herb also went to school, and got a degree to which his life was very well when reading about it in the book. Perry's father did not allow Perry to attend school, and I believe that this is his main reason why he is the way he is now. I'm not saying Herb did not work hard to get where he is. I'm saying that Perry wasn't given the MAJOR opportunities Herb had gotten.
I agree with your statement as to the fact that not everyone is given equal opourtunities for everything there for meaning that not everyone has a shot a reaching the american dream.
I believe all Americans have a chance to the American dream, But I do not believe they all have an equal chance or access to it. I believe some people have to work harder than others to achieve this dream. For example, even though Herbert Clutter worked hard for what he had earned it still "took him just seven months to be promoted; that is, to install himself in the head's man job."(11)Notable on its own that sounds like a long time to be able to achieve his "American dream" but when you compare it to Tex John Smith and the struggles he had to even find himself a proper job after his career with riding bucking horses at rodeos. The reader realizes to some people not all opportunities to achieve the American dream are the same and people like Smith have to work harder, than people like Herbert Clutter.
The American dream can be defined as all citizens have equal opportunities to achieve success and prosperity, I believe this isn't true. For instance, in the book Perry was a boy in and out of orphanages and with no real home other than the car he lived in, he moved around a lot with his father even, starting from basically birth. He didn't ever get this opportunity to reach the standards he wanted to achieve. He had to work hard to get even a small amount of money, while Herb did very little and was a very rich man, this directly shows how the level of work was not equal. also the level of compensation was not equal
The Clutter family is a perfect example of the American Dream. However, it is revealed that even they have a flaw: Bonnie Clutter's illness, "She was 'nervous', she suffered 'little spells'. ... she had been an on-and-off psychiatric patient..."(7). This is evidence for the fact that the American dream is hard, maybe even impossible to obtain. But even with her affliction, Bonnie Clutter was the mother of a wonderful family showing that even she, a psychiatric patient, had a chance.
I do not believe that everyone has the same access to the American Dream. A very good example would be Perry's family. His family was doom the very second it started. Perry's father was a wife beater and the wife was a cheater and this combination of a wedding couple completely took away the chance of Perry's family to have the American Dream. Then because of this marriage, it took away Perry's childhood which in turn took away his chance of the American Dream.
In my opinion i think all americans have access to the American Dream. While it may be harder for some poeple to achieve the Dream, its up to them to work for it. Like Willie-Jay once he got out of jail he went and made a life for himself to allow him to achieve the American Dream. This could have been easy for Perry and Dick to do the same, but they are trying to take the quick and easy way towards achieving it.
I believe everyone has access to the American dream but some people can achieve it easier than others and some have to really work towards it, "Yet even upon this shadowed terrain sunlight had very lately sparkled," (7) (in relation to Mrs. Clutter) proves that even for people with the worst conditions, sunlight can find its way towards them and slowly they will be able to find their path. This, of course, is not completely true for everyone but it is true that you can always turn around and work for your goals/ dreams.
I do not believe this "American Dream" can be obtained b anyone. I think it depends on a person's desire for how they want too live. An idea that every U.S citizen has an equal amount of opportunity to achieve success through commitment, dedication and initiative is a questionable one. For the Clutter family, Herbert Clutter had already achieved his success alongside his family who experienced it with him. Herbert's history and the image he has on the people of Holcomb form the image of an american who is trying to live the life that he strives for. As compared to the murderers, Perry and Dick are parallel to Hebert Clutter. Perry experienced an unfortunate childhood consisting of a parent's divorce, orphanage, and beatings. Dick has lived a life trying to accelerate the process of achieving success, as if he is cheating the american dream. Both have been influenced to make decisions that make an easier lifestyle for themselves, without determination, intuition, or commitment. The murder of the Clutter family is a reminder to how the hard work to the american dream can result in disaster. I do not believe anyone and everyone in the U.S has this equal opportunity. If one were to think that the Perry and Dick were released from prison or mental institution, the work that one must follow to achieve the american dream becomes exponentially more difficult. for example, finding a job becomes much harder because people think they were once murderers, it'll be harder for them to fit in the work field. The american dream should always be counted on what a person can do for him or herself in the future rather than be ridiculed for their past.
I disagree with this, the American dream is open to everyone but at the same time some people are given a harder obstacle to get at it. With so many racism's and prejudices in the world people will have a step behind. If not that then it depends how someone was raised and brought up. In the book it says "... had only finished the third grade." (132) So since he did not get a proper education he is behind one getting the American dream.
I believe that every does have equal access to the American Dream. The American Dream can be defined a little differently depending on who you are, but mainly it is to be successful no matter social class status or race. Herb Clutter didn't have a whole lot of money "not as much as the richest person in Holcomb," but he lived his own American Dream on what he had. Things may change in one's life to alter their chances of accessing the American Dream, but if they want it that bad, they will do whatever it takes to get it.
There is a different sense of satisfaction in everyone. Ones goal of achieving the American dream may not be as high as someone with a different mindset. The difference is, how hard does one have to work to get to that access point. take for instance, Perry who grew up around a dangerous influence in his father that beat his wife. These events going on in his childhood could take a big blow to his determination, psychologically.
in the beginning of the book, Capote describes the Clutter family in such a manner that he reveals that they are basically live the "American Dream". To the people of Holcomb, Herbert Clutter was a leader and someone to look up to in the community. His daughter was pretty, he had a good wife. they had money, but as described not as much as the richest man in the town. Despite this fact, he was still living the American Dream. Anyone has access to this American Dream. Everyone has access to this, through hard work. Even if someone came from a bad situation or family such as Perry, can turn it around and strive for better.
The American Dream of equal rights and oppurtunities for all, in theory, is clearly possible. In practice, however, this is clearly not the case. From the perspective of the book, the Clutters, and Holcomb in general, are living the ideal American dream. However, when the view of the world is expanded to include Dick and Perry it is clear that not everyone is able to live the American Dream.
I believe everyone has equal rights to live the American Dream. However it depends on what people do with the opportunities they are given. In some cases opportunities don't come around as much so people become determined to get their American Dream. For instance Perry was in and out of orphanages and didn't get this opportunity. Perry believed that he had to go down another route to achieve his American Dream.
I believe that anyone can achieve the "American Dream." However, I believe that most people have lost sight of what the "American Dream" really is. It is not growing up through struggle or riches and ending up well off and lazing in your wealth. It is working hard all your life, and as you grow up, getting the rights and privileges you deserve as a person that can help you succeed, if they are used properly, which requires a significant amount of effort. This can be shown in the novel through the Clutter family as a whole. They worked hard on their farm, and almost every season, they turned a profit. Life was good to them, until the murder.
I think that everyone can achieve the American dream if they try hard enough. Everyone has the chance to become anyone they want to be, but they just need to try hard enough to achieve their goals. The Clutter family worked hard and it paid off for them.
You could of gotten more in depth about what you are trying to convey. I don't really see any light you are trying to shine...... You should of used Herb as a prime example and Perry as the opposite example. Maybe about how Herb was a good man who had a family and was moderately wealthy, and Perry who was just a criminal. Something along the lines of that.
Jamie, you are not here to critique the quality of someone's answers. That is my job. If you did not find something worth discussing in Jeremia's post, you should have moved on to another. You get no credit for this answer.