Analyzing Expressions of the "American Dream"How can you compare these expressions of the American Dream?"The New Colossus""Refugee in America""The First Americans"

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dbello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"The New Colossus" is the poem written by Emma Lazarus that was inscribed at The Statue of Liberty. The poem solidifies the essence of the possibilities of The American Dream. The question however is, what is The American Dream, and how can one achieve it? The 'Refugee in America' and the 'First Americans' define some of the brave people who came here to realize their dreams, and in doing so, sought out The American Dream. After all, what is The American Dream but the chance to ASPIRE... Think about it, people from the world over come here, they leave everyone and everything they know and are guaranteed nothing but they come. Why??? I think Teddy Roosevelt summed it beautifully...

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much, nor suffer much because they live in the grey twlight that knows neither victory or defeat"

That is what connects the groups of people in your question together... for better or worse, they dared to aspire to their American Dream.

alohaspirit eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well the American Dream is to use the freedom we all dream of to create a life of success.  "The New Colossus" would describe the ideal of many Americans in way of dreaming "BIG" and creating a life of luxury.  "Refugee in America" and "The First Americans" have the same idea of immigrants coming to our nation to follow that dream of freedom and creating your future and lifestyle.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I would compare them based on how they express hope. Look at each. Which ones seem more hopeful to you? What hope is the speaker expressing? How does this compare to the others? Are you writing an essay or paragraph? In an essay, you'd go into much more detail, quoting each.
linghera | Student

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sarroyo | Student

I would use "The New Colossus" as the umbrella under which "Refugee in America" and "The First Americans" fall. "The Lazarus poem metaphorically describes the Statue as the "Mother of Exiles" which leads to the refugees and the first Americans.
For many refugees and future Americans, the sight of the Statue represented the American Dream. They knew, that beyond her harbor lay the mythical streets paved with gold.
Additionally, I would pair "Refugee in America" with "Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore." as that speaks to many a refugee experience (particularly Vietnamese and Laotian immigrants in the 60's and 70s).
Finally, I would tie it up with the idea that "The First Americans" and refugees see it as their duty to lift their lamps "beside the golden door" to assuage the transition for others.