Facets of the American Dream and American Nightmare in Film by Jessica Narloch

Facets of the American Dream and American Nightmare in Film

byJessica Narloch

Kobo ebook | October 7, 2008

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Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Other, grade: 1,7, University of Duisburg-Essen, 60 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: 'Predictively, any attempt at abstracting from the plethora of relevant publications something even faintly resembling a definition of the 'Dream' is doomed to failure.' Peter Freese As Peter Freese precisely points out, defining the American Dream is a difficult if not irresolvable task. The reason for this is that 'beyond an abstract belief in possibility, there is no one American Dream.' Nevertheless, it is easy to find short definitions in various encyclopedias. In The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language it is defined as '[a]n American ideal of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire: 'In the deepening gloom of the Depression, the American Dream represented a reaffirmation of traditional American hopes.' The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy offers a different definition: '[a] phrase connoting hope for prosperity and happiness, symbolized particularly by having a house of one's own. Possibly applied at first to the hopes of immigrants, the phrase now applies to all except the very rich and suggests a confident hope that one's children's economic and social condition will be better than one's own.' A rather short and simple explanation of the term American Dream can be found in the dictionary WordNet by the Princeton University which says that it is 'the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did.' All of these definitions describe various facets of the dream, but none of them gets to the point. In order to get an idea of what the dream really is or what it is assumed to be and how the idea of it came up, it is necessary to have a look at American history. The recapitulation in this work will make an attempt to reveal why it is the American dream and how it is related to American national identity. It will give a brief overview of the most important concepts in the history of the country, starting back in 1585 when the first colonists arrived. It will deal with important topics which, besides colonialization and the connected reasons for leaving Europe, are the establishment of the Declaration of Independence, the Frontier and the westward movement, Manifest Destiny all the way up to the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for equality. Besides, it is supposed to not only show the bright side of the dream but its shady sides as well in order to give full testimony of the idea of the American Dream.

Title:Facets of the American Dream and American Nightmare in FilmFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 7, 2008Publisher:GRIN VerlagLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3640181379

ISBN - 13:9783640181377