American Dream? The American dream! What is the American dream? Who lives and considers their life the American dream? Does Bartleby live the American dream? What makes this story have anything to do with the American dream? Well in the next few pages I am going to try to relate my idea of the American dream to this story. The American dream to me is quite simple, happiness living in America. To strive for happiness you need some other tools, just face it happiness isn’t everything. Money is a big tool to happiness. “Anybody that tells you that money is the root of all evil, doesn’t fucking have any. They say money cant buy you happiness look at the fucking smile on my face, ear to ear baby.” -Boiler Room.
The American dream is in one mans eyes to have a nice house, nice car, fun toys, a great family, and dignity. That is the ideal American dream. But that nice house, nice car, and fun toys aren’t going to just appear on a piece of land for you with out money. Working hard for you money, who really wants to work hard for a living? Everyone is out doing what ever they can to make good money with less work. Ever receive those emails or phones that guarantee you to make millions of dollars from home, and have all the free time you want? Well that is the dream of the American dream. The American dream to me is being able to maintain a nice home, with a great family, with more free time on my hands that time spent at an office.
The Essay on Does money bring happiness?
This question comes up a lot in movies and films, as well as in everyday life, but the way people answer it always varies, the way they answer it also says a lot about what kind of person they are and what they value most in life. You need money to get pretty much everything in life, from food, to clothes, to a roof over your head. However there are some things that money just cannot buy, ...
With a nice chunk of change in my pocket. But hey that’s why they call it the “American Dream” it’s only a dream and only the lucky ones will live such a dream. But not so much are they lucky, but smart and figured something out before everyone else figured it out. Ill do a quick sum up of Bartleby the Scrivener. It’s about a lawyer who helps out wealthy people mortgages, titles deeds, and of the such. He has two scriveners, Nippers, and Turkey, these are just their nicknames.
He hires a man named Bartleby, who just replied to add that was put out. Then Bartleby is asked to proofread a document, and replies with “I’d prefer not to” Its of course irritates him and the rest of the people in the office. Then after that it seems that Bartleby starts to take on less and less responsibility in the office. Then lawyer visits the office on a weekend day, and finds that Bartleby has been living there all this time, because Bartleby is a very lonely man. At night and on Sundays that Wall Street is just like a ghost town, no one is trading no one is spending. Bartleby gets to the point where he is no longer performing any duties around the office; it just went from some to none.
The lawyer cannot get Bartleby to do anything or leave. Bartleby has some sort of strange control over his boss. So in attempt of getting rid of Bartleby he moves his office to a new location. But soon after the move, the new owners of the building come to the lawyer for help. They cannot get Bartleby out of the office.
The lawyer comes to reason with Bartleby, and Bartleby refuses to see him, in fear of being bothered by anti-Bartleby folks. Then Bartleby gets thrown in jail. The lawyer’s bribes the turnkey to make sure that Bartleby is well fed. Bartleby dies because he would rather not eat.
Later the lawyer finds out that the reason for Bartleby’s dark gloom was that he was a dead letter writer. The lawyer is the one that I believe is living the “American Dream” the most out of everyone. He has his own establishment, a group of people underneath him working. What he really has to do is just collect, while the scriveners do the work for him.
The Essay on Dreams Work Reality Life
Dreams After I wake up I quickly come to a reality check. Realizing that I will have a white collard job. Working through the ranks from the bottom up to reach a reasonable goal. I will have diplomas and achievements, but I doubt if I will manage a billion dollar company. In my reality working hard is part of everyday life. Working hard every day feeling that I am underpaid is reality. In my dream ...
Of course he checks on stuff does some proofreading. He probably has the freest time compared to any one else that is working for him. But in the same sense he also has the most to worry about. Being that it is his establishment, he has to worry that what his people are doing is right, and they aren’t just half-ass doing things, being honest to him.
People that are working for him could easily screw him. He has four people working under him, Bartleby, Turkey, Nippers, and Ginger Nut. Ginger Nut is just a little boy, which runs the errands around the place, and cleans, does the little nothings that someone has to do. He gets his nickname Ginger Nut from the cakes that he brings into the men. Nippers that suffers from indigestion, but is very irritable in the mornings and is very calm after lunch.
Turkey who is a drunk, but does not start that after lunch. Bartleby to me is living the furthest from the American Dream; he is living in the office for Christ sake. But also in the same sense he is living the American dream. He is at work all day getting paid he starts off the job doing much work.
Slowly he starts to deny the work but he doesn’t exactly deny the work, if he were to do that he would not be working there. He uses “I’d prefer not to” which puts his boss in a odd predicament, because he isn’t saying NO I am not going to do that, he is just saying id rather not. So his boss is letting him get away with that, I am sure that if the boss were to be a little more tough on the subject he could be like no your going to do this, and Bartleby would do it. The boss is all funny eyed by the answer he gets from Bartleby, when he gets that answer, the boss doesn’t know how to react to this, and he even tries with other methods to get him to do work. But finally it gets to the point that Bartleby is just in the office all the time they can’t get rid of him, and he is not doing any work. So in some sort of sense that is living the American dream.
Getting paid to do absolutely nothing.