The American Dream

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The American Dream. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby , Midnight cowboy (1969), And black nationalism. What is the American Dream?. Happiness Personal Social and geographic mobility (American) As portrayed in literature, cinema, and music, the American Dream is - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby, Midnight cowboy (1969), And black nationalismThe American DreamWhat is the American Dream?HappinessPersonalSocial and geographic mobility (American)

As portrayed in literature, cinema,and music, the American Dream isdeeply personal, can be difficult toattain and reflects the inequality inAmerica.Significance in the order of artworksThe 3 artworks examine the American Dream from different perspectives of American Society.The Great Gatsby white maleMidnight Cowboy poor immigrantMalcolm X and Public Enemy oppressed minorityThe Great GatsbyPersonal component: reinvents himself because of his love for Daisy, unique dream.American component: to be with Daisy, Gatsby yearns to reinvent himself and move socially.Keep in mind: Gatsby achieves the American component, and is a white male.

The Great GatsbyI have an idea that Gatsby himself didnt believe it would come and perhaps he no longer cared. If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream (172).Wealth didnt do it for Gatsby. He rose up, and by many peoples definitions of the American dream, he was living it. At the same time, his American Dream was personal, and he did not fulfill it.

Midnight Cowboy (1969)Miami DreamingBackground: Ratso Rizzo (NYC) and Joe Buck (Texas)Joes DreamRatsos DreamCommonality: Quest for happinessDifficulty (see clip)Midnight Cowboy (1969)Benefits of the dream: provides hope, a reason to continue, and a goal.Downfall of the dream: it doesnt happen overnight, or necessarily at all, difficulty in achieving it is depressing.Black NationalismI see America through the eyes of the victim. I dont see any American DreamI see an American nightmare Malcolm X

Public Enemy

Public EnemyParty For Your To FightFor the original Black Asiatic man, cream of the Earth, and was here first, and some devils prevent this from being known, but you check out the books they own, even masons they know it but refuse to show it, yo. But its proven and fact, and it takes a nation of millions to hold us back.Public EnemyBlacks and other minorities are deprived of an equal opportunity to pursue the American dream.Public Enemys It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) responds to that and attacks the oppressiveness of the white man.

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