Society's Influence On The American Dream

"Do as most do, and men will speak well of thee."
[Thomas Fuller (1654-1734):Gnomologia]
Men have a dream to improve their lives and better their social status but each
man does not realize that he pursues this dream in hopes of pleasing others and
not for his own well being. Fuller's quotation demonstrates that people find
success and social mobility if they act and do what others want them to do. The
American dream of success and happiness can not be reached independently because
people need to feel accepted to achieve satisfaction. Each man strives to
improve his place in the community oblivious to the hypocrisy around him.
Everyone works to impress others rather than pleasing ...

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reputation. Lacking the courage to be independent,
Babbit's dream of true ecstasy crumbles when he succumbs to hypocritical
lifestyle realizing that he needs conformity. Strongly influenced by a
sanctimonious society, Babbit, a man in search for himself, realizes that he
needs conformity to live.

Babbit dreams of improving his status in the community, not realizing that
hypocrisy is influencing every decision or action he makes. Babbit concentrates
his time and energies towards activities and events that impress the upper class.
His life revolves around material items and goals. Mr. and Mrs. Babbit host a
dinner party, only inviting the utmost respectable couples. They plan a
"highbrow affair…with evening clothes required" in hopes of impressing their
prosperous guests. The evening is filled with meaningless conversation and the
men tell crude and unsophisticated jokes. Everyone seems to be having a
wonderful time even though there is no real meaning in the evening. ...

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