Analysis Of Little Pink Houses By John Melencamp

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The American Dream is the ideology that every United States citizen has the equal opportunity to achieve their own set goals, if they are willing to put in the hard work and determination to do so. Throughout John Mellencamp’s music career, he is known for interpreting the American Dream within the narrative style of his songs. In the song “Little Pink Houses” by John Mellencamp, which was released in 1983, was no exception towards his normality. Mellencamp emphasizes his viewpoints towards what it means to obtain and achieve the American Dream in the modern day society. John Mellencamp suggests that not everyone is able to achieve the American Dream because only some can achieve it, but most others are unable throughout the lyrics.

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They have their own house, food to eat, and animals to attend to as they live blissfully within the world. The narrative emphasizes that the black man thinks and feels that he has achieved the American Dream, “He’s got an interstate running’ through his front yard. You know, he thinks, he’s got it so good.” Although, some Americans might think this type of lifestyle is not ideal for living the American Dream. Mellencamp indicates that there are different levels of how people perceive of achieving the American Dream. While some feel as if they made it and achieved their own set of goals, others might have bigger goals in the way before they can achieve their own American Dream within the United…show more content…
Mellencamp introduces the conflict of how the nature of some people 's goal is nearly impossible to obtain in the United States, “‘Boy, you’re gonna be president’ But just like everything else, those old crazy dreams just kinda came and went.” The young boy feels as if he is lost, and struggling to progress further in life to achieve his own idea of the American Dream. The boy 's needs in wants are clouded behind what the boy wants for his future to be. The boy is stuck in a place without any motivation to progress further within the society of the United States to obtain the American Dream. As John Mellencamp infers in the song that not everyone can achieve the American Dream because for some it is nearly impossible due to their own or given goals in
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