Horatio Alger

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During the period of the 1800’s, the United States went through a period of dramatic economic and industrial growth. The nation was becoming increasingly urbanized and industrialized. The changes that the United States went though also led to a transformation in working conditions of laborers. As the working class labored monotonous, dangerous, and low wage jobs, the gap between social classes of America broadened. This big gap made success an extremely distant reach for the lower class. During the Gilded Age, the ideology of success was widely promoted. Horatio Alger was one of the Gilded Age’s biggest advocates of success, sharing his ideas about how the poor could go from “rags to respectability” through plain luck. Horatio Alger’s beliefs connecting success and luck are highly irrational. Success is something that is achieved through hard work, not something that magically appears through luck. One may define success as being rich, having status, or simply living a happy life. Those things can easily be obtained through success. However, I believe that something that is not achieved does not truly define success. There is a big difference in having the luck of being born into a rich family and achieving an affluent position at work. I believe that success can only be the result of accomplishments through strong efforts; otherwise, it is simply pure luck and not success. When people achieve “success” through luck, there is nothing that was worked for; therefore, there is no true success to be proud about. Although good things do indeed happen to good people, the outcome of luck does not give those people the title of being a successful person. Lucky people are lucky, and hardworking people are successful. Therefore, luck and success are entirely different and have absolutely no connections. In achieving my goals, luck has played absolutely no part in the…...

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