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Suburban Lies In his essay Our Sprawling Supersize Utopia David Brooks defines the American dream as an idyllic world that is comparable to Lewis Laphams essay Who and what is American The American dream is not just a shared imagination but a fantasy Brooks humorous descriptions help him describe and critique the many suburban and ex-urban communities today He characterizes the American dream as very unrealistic and argues that a our dreams cause a Paradise Spell a mysterious longing that causes a great dispersal from cities to suburbs These suburban developments is where Brooks states that people hope to find their dreams These dreams rarely come true therefore a lot of Americans start to lie to themselves imagining that they are content and their dreams have been fulfilled According to Lapham the suburbs represent the pleasure of telling lies and are a mist of lies that bind Americans to the theaters of wishes and dreams 194 Lapham states that people lie to themselves to reach their unrealistic dreams There are two types of dreams ones that can become a reality and are rational and ones that are unrealistic and unattainable The rational dreams include an individuals choices in educational institutions and location on where to live or work Although that is not what the American dream is most suburbanites have goals that are impossible to achieve and include components only found in fairy tails Brooks states that Americans are looking for a Paradise Spell This Paradise Spell is entirely fictional Americans buy houses that havent been constructed so that their kids can go to schools that havent been build these actions are taken in hopes of finding just the right moral revival the right beer and the right set of buddies 63 According to Brooks Americans move from cities to suburbs and try to fulfill this mysterious longing but they end up being disappointed Thats why you meet so many boring-looking people who
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