American Dream Overview
studied American Culture's various vestiges during the last several Weeks.
Another way to think about American culture is to consider the American Dream.
For the next two weeks, we will study the themes of the American Dream in a few
select American films.
[The American Dream is] 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. It is a difficult
dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of
us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor
cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and
each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are
innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of
the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.[ The Epic of America, 1931] ( Source: Penn State Erie; The Bernard College).
Read the articles inThe American Dream http://mankel.free.fr/AmericanDream/historical_overview.html
Amd watch the movie
Crash 2004. Dicector Paul Haggis
3: Discussion of the American Dream
1.Develop THREE (3)
well-developed paragraphs about the assigned film's connection to the American
In the first
paragraph and second paragraphs, discuss how specificscenes in the film reflect
the achievement of the American Dream OR the disillusionment with
the American Dream by one or more of the characters or the plot, setting or
other elements of the film.
In the third paragraph, discuss how the American Dream is
achieved (or falls short) in context with ONE of the readings on the American
dream assigned in this unit (see Assignment 2).
2.Provide clear and specific examples from the
film, including quotes or paraphrases from the selected reading as necessary to
support your assertions. Be sure to properly integration any in text
citations in MLA format.
3.Add a Works Cited at the end of your
analysis. (Don't forget to cite the film you watched, as well as the
articles you referenced in your post).