The American Dream is the idea that someone can come from nothing and rise to the top through perseverance, dedication, and hard work to achieve the ideal lifestyle. I think that in a lot of ways this is a respectable dream. In our society the qualities that it takes to achieve the American dream are considered to be virtues. Therefore it seems like a good thing for the dream to be encouraged because it promotes people to live virtuously. When someone who is born into unfortunate circumstances is inspired by the American dream and works diligently to make something of himself he is seen as an admirable man who deserves everything he has because he worked hard for it. It seems fair for him to have a good life because he earned a good life. The problem with the American dream is that the lifestyle that it promotes is not achievable. The American dream represents an ideal life and it sets expectations that people cannot reach. The dream is more than a man who perseveres and works his way into a spot in the upper-middle class, it is a man who works his way into the perfect life. This idealistic life of a happy marriage, 2 perfect kids, financial security, and general success is not achievable. It is true that someone can rise from a bad situation and make something of himself, but just because he has the virtue of perseverance does not mean that he will be able to achieve the picturesque life that the American dream tells us to strive for. Determination can get someone from a bad situation to a better one, but even the privileged life of an upper-middle class American is not perfect. Good hard working people can still lose their jobs, have failed marriages, and suffer losses. The American dream is a noble lie in that the lifestyle it represents is not realistically achievable but it is still noble because it inspires people to work to improve their lives through the virtues of perseverance and determination.