Read an article and watch a movie

·  American Dream Overview

We have 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).

1.  Read the articles inThe American Dream http://mankel.free.fr/AmericanDream/historical_overview.html

Amd watch the movie Crash 2004. Dicector Paul Haggis

Assignment 3: Discussion of the American Dream

Directions 

1.Develop THREE (3) well-developed paragraphs about the assigned film’s connection to the American Dream.

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).

 
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