Discusses the "American Deam" and it's applications to several Isaac Asimov books including "I Robot," "The Caves of Steel, "The Naked Sun," and "The Robots of Dawn:"
Asimov shows the American Dream of expansion and progress by using theme and his specific writing style. Asimov shows that in the future humanity can never reach a peak because if society stops progressing forward it can only fall into oblivion. Like early Americans, the men of Earth are now ready to move beyond their boundaries and fight with the wild to create a new and better society for themselves to live in.
According to John L. O'Sullivan, "The right of our [America's] manifest destiny to over spread and to possess the whole of the continent". One of the major aspects of the American dream can be clearly seen in the idea of manifest destiny, which was and still is the American goal of continued colonial expansion and forward progression. The works of Isaac Asimov parallel the ideas and goals of the early Americans, who wanted to colonize their entire continent. In Isaac Asimov's futuristic earth, the goal is to colonize other planets. However, like the early Americans, the inhabitants of the futuristic Earth are faced with opposition from much stronger and better-situated opponents trying to prevent them from reaching their manifest destiny. In Isaac Asimov's robot series, the American dream of forward progress and expansion are expressed...