The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt Themes

Edmund Morris
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American Dream

Roosevelt believes in the American dream for everyone. This dream allows everyone to rise above the station of his or her birth and become a personal and financial success.

For this reason, he feels any mistreatment of the Native Americans proves the superiority of the settlers and allows the settlers to achieve their dreams. In contrast, Roosevelt supports victories for Indians as well, because these prove their strength and achievement. A viewpoint consonant with the rising ideas of evolution, Roosevelt supports the survival of the strong, at the expense of the weak. The only exception he makes is for the environment, wanting beauty to survive for the generation of his children.

In America, however, achieving one's dream relies equally on who you knows and what one knows. Roosevelt places importance on education, striving to succeed at Harvard and continuing his learning throughout his life. However, he uses...

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