What is an American dream? Is it fame? Is it fortune? An American dream can be one of a nation, or one of an individual, it is simply the urge for a better life. The origins of a nation’s American dream seem to have been rooted in the pioneering mentality of the 18th and 19th century immigrants, most of whom who came to America because of a promise of a new and better life, in particular, the opportunity to own one's land. However, land ran out and so cities developed and massive variations of wealth
The American Dream. This concept is specific to the United States and is based on different ideas as meritocracy, individual acts... in order to reach prosperity. This dream has bounds with liberalism too.
The three texts “Inequality and the American Dream”, “Myths and the middle class” and “Wake up : the American Dream is over” permit to get a complete view of this notion.
What is its place in the American Society?
What limits, today, come in front this concept?
Who are the detractors
THE AMERICAN DREAM
Who hasn’t heard about it? “The American dream”. Its creed: nothing is impossible, who wants can! A dream based on people’s hope of a better life, a brighter future; on the faith that anyone who has the willpower and works hard enough can enhance his living-standard. Put in other words: anybody’s life is susceptible to become a tale of rags to riches. This faith is something much anchored to US-American society. It is written in the Declaration of Independence itself: “all men
THE AMERICAN DREAM
Generally refers to the desire to become prosperous through hard work, to overcome (dépasser) hardship (l’épreuve, les difficulties) and achieve (atteindre) success in life. In America, one has got the chance to succeed in life, to improve (améliore) one’s position both financially and socially.
the self-made man : someone who rises from poverty through initiative and hard work.
to start from scratch : partir de zéro
to fulfil one’s dreams : réaliser ses rêves
the « rags-to-riches »
The American Dream :
LES COMEDIES MUSICALES
. Apparue au tout début du XXème siècle, le phénomène de comédie musicale reprend les structures narratives de l'opéra et de l'opérette en présentant au public des fictions où les personnages passent naturellement de l'expression réaliste à un univers onirique où tout devient possible en danses et en chansons.
À ce titre, on peut ainsi considérer le Bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) de Molière comme l'une des premières comédies musicales française.
Le rêve américain représente l’idée selon laquelle une personne, aux États-Unis, seulement accompagné de son courage, son travail et sa détermination, a la possibilité de devenir prospère et subvenir à ses besoins ainsi qu’à ceux de sa famille. Il s’agit d’une chance accessible à tous. Le rêve américain est chez beaucoup de gens considéré comme un mythe, mais il est néanmoins l’un des principaux moteurs qui permet à des populations de migrer vers les États-Unis.
Ce concept remonte au XVe siècle
American the Beautiful: the best and the worst
American Dream of Rachel Zoe
17 November 2008
1. Biography of Rachel Zoe………………………………………page 4
2. The worst of her American Dream………………………….….page 6
3. The best of her American Dream………………………………page 7
America, biggest country of the world, is the most controversial due to go too far: the best and the worst can be done by this country and it population. According
THE AMERICAN DREAM
I. The end of the US pastoral :
A. Definition of the US pastoral :
1. The American Eden :
St John de Crèvecoeur : Letters from an US Farmer & Sketches of XVIIIthC America (1782).
2. The Jeffersonian ideal :
a. Farmers as God’s elect.
b. The right to property.
B. The lost garden :
1. California as the American Eden.
2. Corruption in the garden :
a. The serpent p 230.
b. The garden as a desert.
c. The forbidden garden.
d. Decay in the garden :
DOWN THE AMERICAN DREAM
This text is an article, entitled “Teenage gangsters shoot down the American Dream”
It is an extract from The Weekly Telegraph published in 1994.
It deals with the American gangs and the reasons of the existence of these gangs and their consequences according to the reporter.
We can divide this text into 3 parts :
-The first one will be “A gang member’s story” and we will talk
About James Wade life
-The second, alludes to facts and figures on American violence
The American dream and the self made man
America, discovered by Christopher Colombus, is a continent to which countless people from all over the world have migrated in the hope of fulfilling their dream of a better life.
The English Puritans leader, John Winthrop, urged his listeners to follow the laws of God in order to form a proper society and obtain God’s grace.
This vision became political in the Declaration of Independence: “all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with