Things did not work out for Nick he did not become successful in the East, and the year that his Dad had paid for him to live in New York was up. But, his american dream wasn’t the only dream cut short. George and his wife Myrtle were working class people. George was hoping to marry Myrtle, settle down, and own his own business. Unfortunately his dream was also cut short when his wife was killed and he threw his life down the drain making him symbolize the death of the American Dream.
He finally got married and was living a normal male life (nature). After finding out that Dr. Money was still using their case that nurture can out rule nature, they decided to protest against him. Once the documentary was broadcast, Brian’s mental health deuterated (nurture). After David’s twin brother died, David’s life wasn’t so great any more. He had lost a lot of money due to a very bad investment.
“Dad forgot to pick me up from school, or didn’t have enough money for the class trip…”(Pfeffer,1). This sentence describes what happened after a fight between Ashleigh’s mom and Ashleigh’s dad. Ashleigh’s dad got ahead of himself and forgot the things he had to do for his kid and left responsibility behind. “No, I just thought maybe you could borrow the money for a day or two, until I straighten my finances. Your mother will never know the difference.”(Pfeffer,4).
The American Dream was thought of to be open and accessible to everyone who came to the United States. However, this idea was proven to be a lie in the novel by Upton Sinclair ‘The Jungle.’ The main character, Jurgis, came to America hoping to live a good life with his family but that idea was soon destroyed because he got injured at work by slipping on blood and injuring his ankle. Later, after getting out of jail he finds out that someone else is in his home. The realization that his family could not live without money hit him hard. And after that, his wife had complications with her pregnancy but was forced to go back to work anyway which led to her getting sick and eventually led to her death.
The article “L.A. Priest” by Stuart Pfeifer, L.A. Times, wrote about the priest, Father Peter Valdez for stealing $284,000 from an elderly widow. The actions Valdez made are an example of exploitation. In the film, The Pursuit of Happyness produced by Todd Black, shows a father who wants a better life for him and his son. The film is about perseverance because the father, Chris wants to be happy and do the hard work for to achieve success.
Depending on where his parents settled in the United States, their inability to find work could have been due to their level of education, prospects due to geography, or perhaps, something more insidious, such as racism or xenophobia. In any event, as a result of their failure to succeed in their adopted country, Dad turns to alcohol and eventually leaves the home. Mom, like many single mothers, must work multiple jobs to pay the bills and must rely on neighbors to care for her child, or leave the child to fend for himself. During the most critical developmental years (through age 7), Shobbit develops feelings of abandonment, since he is essentially raising himself. Mom eventually passes away, forcing this young immigrant into our convoluted foster care system.
Imagine being so obsessed with owning a business, but needing to borrow some of your family members money but they will not give in. This is how Walter Lee Younger, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, feels because he wants to use a check that his mother is receiving from the insurance company after his father’s death. Walter, a selfish man with a wife and child, lets his shallow, naive, and ambitious nature interferes with his family. Only when he hits rock bottom in his life can he mature and become a man his family can respect. On the south side of Chicago in the 1950s, lives a family named the Younger, who lives in a small two-bedroom apartment with five people living in it and sharing a bathroom with the neighbors who live in the building.
The film illuminates the changing character of Kane as the American Dream corrupts, consuming Kane in a world of power and wealth. Kane is a representation of the American Dream, however those who have achieved the dream are meant to live a happy life, this is not what happens for Kane. Kane as a child was given away by his mother in hopes for him to lead a better life; however this only resulted in Kane being raised by the bank, rather than a loving parent figure. Kane undergoes many transitions of character throughout his life, first being introduced to the viewer as an innocent child, then into a young man running a newspaper company, then finally into a tyrant who wanted the public to conform to his values. Kane’s character is examined through flashbacks, particularly the scene where Kane decides he wants to operate a newspaper, “I think it would be fun to run a newspaper”, and the scene where he announces to Susan that the public will also share the same views as
One of the main characters is James Jarvis whose son Arthur has been murdered. After the death of his son, James comes to understand that while he is an educated businessman, he is ignorant in several ways. James Jarvis is an example of the change that can happen when one man realizes he is ignorant of his son’s motivation, of his neighbor’s needs, and of what he can do to make a difference. As Jarvis grieves over the death of his son, he begins to read things his son has written. He realizes that he has not understood his son’s view on what needs to be done in the country to replace what has been destroyed in the native culture.
When my mom asked him “Did you see the kids’ game box?”his response was no I have not seen it. Truth was that he had taken it and sold it for money to support his addiction. This caused us to hide our valuables unless we thought of it as invaluable. In addition, to my mom, sister and I having to hide our belongings, we began to encounter financial problems. After a while of causing his family turmoil, he decided to leave us and his marriage.