The term “American Dream” was coined by James Adams on 1931 in his book The Epic of America. The term “American Dream” means, according to him, “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.” In other words, it means that everyone should be able to rise up the social latter, no matter the background, if they work hard enough. James Adam’s main Idea of the American Dream are Class, Hard Work, and Wealth/ Recognition. The first example of someone achieving the American Dream was Dexter from “Winter Dreams” Although his father owned the second best grocery store in Black Bear, Dexter still wanted to be more rich, and he wanted to get invited to the Golf Club, but not as a Caddy. In order to achieve this, he decided to “pass up a business course at the State University/Attending an older and more famous university in the East where he was bothered by his scanty funds”(2). He knew he would have to pay more, but that is what the American Dream was about. He worked really hard in order to stay in the University, which eventually made him lots of money, when he ran 5 branches in different parts of the city. People would look up to him and say “Now there’s a boy-“(2), which was part of his dream to be recognized as a rich person. He eventually gets invited to the Golf Club where he used to caddy, and he moves to New York after selling a lot. This is a great example of the American Dream as it proves your background has nothing to do with success. The American Dream was also found in the movie The Greatest Game Ever played. Like Dexter, Francis was a caddy boy that was very poor, and survived on his parents and him Caddying. One day, he decides to play Golf even if his dad was really against it. His dad wanted him to get a real job, but Francis decides to play Golf. He then begins to practice a lot, and borrows money, because he had a dream. Even though everyone made fun of him or didn’t believe him, he kept going. In the movie, he eventually ends up winning the Golfing tournament against the best person, and is put in newspapers. He was very well recognized, and he made money. He ended up being rich, and happy at the same time, as it was his goal. Both Dexter and Francis are very similar in many ways. They both started out as caddy boys that were poor. They both wanted to achieve their own dreams, and do whatever they can to achieve their dream. Dexter had his fathers support, but Francis’ father did not support him at first. At the end of both the book and the movie, both Dexter and Francis were both well recognized, they both were looked at as if they were in the top of the class, and to make things better, they earned lots of money. They had achieved their dreams even after having a bad, poor background. This is what the American Dream is, according to James Adams. In conclusion, both Dexter and Francis fit James Adams’ idea of the American Dream that it doesn’t matter what your background is, you can achieve anything you want if you work really hard and never give up. Dexter became very successful in his laundry work, and Francis became a very good golfer and made money.