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    • The American Dream: ForThe American Dream: ForBetter or for Worse?Better or for Worse?(Prompt 1, 2, 3)(Prompt 1, 2, 3)By Danny TeichBy Danny Teich
    • What is the American Dream?What is the American Dream? The American Dream is somebody’s hope for theThe American Dream is somebody’s hope for thefuture. It is a dream of living a life where onefuture. It is a dream of living a life where onewakes up every morning feeling happy with his orwakes up every morning feeling happy with his orher life and looking forward to every day. Theher life and looking forward to every day. Thespecific dream is different for almost everyspecific dream is different for almost everyindividual.individual. The “American Dream”, despite its name, is notThe “American Dream”, despite its name, is notexclusively American. The concept of theexclusively American. The concept of theAmerican Dream is a dream that is shared byAmerican Dream is a dream that is shared byindividuals all around the world.individuals all around the world.
    • Examples of DreamersExamples of Dreamers-Pablo Picasso, Spanish 19-Pablo Picasso, Spanish 19thth-20-20ththcenturycenturypainterpainter-Jay Gatsby, wealthy literary character in-Jay Gatsby, wealthy literary character inThe Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby--Kurt Cobain, lead singer of NirvanaKurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana
    • The American Dream can have veryThe American Dream can have verypositive or very negative effectspositive or very negative effects The American Dream is generally a lofty goal. It requiresThe American Dream is generally a lofty goal. It requireshard work and dedication, and it should also givehard work and dedication, and it should also givepurpose to one’s life. However, not all dreams comepurpose to one’s life. However, not all dreams cometrue, and sometimes, an initial dream may turn out to betrue, and sometimes, an initial dream may turn out to beworse than what one expected.worse than what one expected. In pursuing the American Dream, people may findIn pursuing the American Dream, people may findsuccess, purpose, and happiness through their work, butsuccess, purpose, and happiness through their work, butmay also experience failure, regret, and depression.may also experience failure, regret, and depression.
    • Pursuing Your Dreams: Pros andPursuing Your Dreams: Pros andConsConsProsPros-You can spend your life doing-You can spend your life doingwhat you love, living the life youwhat you love, living the life youdesire.desire.-Actively pursuing hopes and-Actively pursuing hopes anddreams brings purpose anddreams brings purpose anddetermination into your life.determination into your life.-The harder you work towards-The harder you work towardsachieving your dreams, the moreachieving your dreams, the morelikely they are to become reality.likely they are to become reality.-Purpose and passion can be-Purpose and passion can bediscovered and expressed evendiscovered and expressed eventhrough dreams that do notthrough dreams that do notbecome reality.become reality.Cons-Not all dreams come true.Many people have overlyambitious dreams, only to learnthe hard way that they wouldnot happen.-Be careful what you wish for;dreams are not always aswonderful as one initiallyimagines.-If one pursues a dream toointensely, s/he may leavebehind the rest of a life s/hecould have had.
    • Picasso Blue Period: Not All DreamsPicasso Blue Period: Not All DreamsCome TrueCome TruePablo Picasso was a Spanish painterand dreamer. However, in the early1900s, his dreams were temporarilybroken. His paintings were not sellingand he was nearly in poverty, and a goodfriend of his committed suicide.Picasso expressed his sorrow anddepression in almost all-blue paintings ina period of time known as his BluePeriod. The paintings (Clockwise fromtop left, The Old Guitarist, Portrait onAngel Fernandez de Soto, and FemmeAux Bras Croises).Picasso illustrated through his BluePeriod that pursuing the AmericanDream, or whatever one’s own dreammight be, can become a problem andcan lead to failure.
    • Picasso Rose Period: Expression andPicasso Rose Period: Expression andPurpose through Failure and VictoryPurpose through Failure and Victory Pablo Picasso’s dreams took a turn for the better inPablo Picasso’s dreams took a turn for the better in1904. His depression faded upon entering a new1904. His depression faded upon entering a newrelationship, and he began his Rose Period.relationship, and he began his Rose Period. While he had emphasized his sadness with blueWhile he had emphasized his sadness with bluepaintings during his Blue Period, Picasso illustrated thatpaintings during his Blue Period, Picasso illustrated thathe was becoming cheerier from 1904 onward. Hishe was becoming cheerier from 1904 onward. Hispaintings were more brightly colored, with an emphasispaintings were more brightly colored, with an emphasison orange and rose-red.on orange and rose-red. Although Picasso’s dreams appeared to have beenAlthough Picasso’s dreams appeared to have beencrushed in 1901-1903, he persevered, kept followingcrushed in 1901-1903, he persevered, kept followingthe dream, and discovered just how rewarding it couldthe dream, and discovered just how rewarding it couldbe to continue that pursuit.be to continue that pursuit.Paintings:Paintings: Garçon à la pipeGarçon à la pipe (Top),(Top), Family ofFamily ofSaltimbanques.Saltimbanques.
    • Picasso Blue Period: Not All DreamsPicasso Blue Period: Not All DreamsCome TrueCome TrueOne of Picasso’s most famous paintings, “TheOld Guitarist”, is shown on the left.Picasso was having difficulty pursuing hisdreams due to poor sales and the suicide of hisgood friend. He expressed this sorrow in his“Blue Period”The man’s miserable physical condition reflecthis poverty and sadness. The almost-pure bluecolor of the painting was also used to conveydepression and dullness. The one non-blue thingis the guitar, which is the last hope in the man’slife.
    • Picasso Rose Period: Expression andPicasso Rose Period: Expression andPurpose through Failure and VictoryPurpose through Failure and VictoryGarçon à la pipeGarçon à la pipe (Boy With a Pipe), shown(Boy With a Pipe), shownleft, is a painting by Picasso during his Roseleft, is a painting by Picasso during his RosePeriod.Period.In contrast to his Blue Period paintings, theIn contrast to his Blue Period paintings, theboy in this work appears to be strong andboy in this work appears to be strong andconfident. The painting uses bright colors;confident. The painting uses bright colors;shades of red and orange, which give theshades of red and orange, which give theimpression of a bright future.impression of a bright future.The boy is also wearing a headband ofThe boy is also wearing a headband offlowers, and there are flowers in theflowers, and there are flowers in thebackground, emphasizing the beauty ofbackground, emphasizing the beauty ofpeople’s surroundings and the growth ofpeople’s surroundings and the growth ofPicasso’s hopes.Picasso’s hopes.
    • Gatsby’s First Dream: Hard WorkGatsby’s First Dream: Hard WorkPays OffPays Off ““So he invented just the sort of Jay GatsbySo he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsbythat a seventeen year old boy would bethat a seventeen year old boy would belikely to invent, and to this conception helikely to invent, and to this conception hewas faithful to the end.”was faithful to the end.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald–F. Scott Fitzgerald Jay Gatsby’s idea of the American Dream wasJay Gatsby’s idea of the American Dream wasinitially to live life to the fullest, to become rich,initially to live life to the fullest, to become rich,famous, and godlike.famous, and godlike. Gatsby fulfilled his dream of becoming such aGatsby fulfilled his dream of becoming such asignificant and mysterious person. He becamesignificant and mysterious person. He becameincredibly wealthy and lived a lavish lifestyle.incredibly wealthy and lived a lavish lifestyle. Gatsby’s dream was liberating to him simplyGatsby’s dream was liberating to him simplybecause he was so dedicated to it (“faithful to thebecause he was so dedicated to it (“faithful to theend”), and would never give up. Having thisend”), and would never give up. Having thisdream and having ambition helped Gatsby livedream and having ambition helped Gatsby livehis dream for a while.his dream for a while.Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsbyin The Great Gatsby (2013).
    • Gatsby’s Second Dream: Hard WorkGatsby’s Second Dream: Hard WorkAlso Causes Hard Falls.Also Causes Hard Falls. When Gatsby was rich, he lingered forWhen Gatsby was rich, he lingered foryears on a dream that proved to be overlyyears on a dream that proved to be overlyambitious; he dreamed of winning theambitious; he dreamed of winning theheart of his true love, Daisy.heart of his true love, Daisy. When Gatsby followed his dream soWhen Gatsby followed his dream sointensely, he realized he had nothing leftintensely, he realized he had nothing leftto live for. He clung too hard to the dreamto live for. He clung too hard to the dreamof being with Daisy, and when he failed, itof being with Daisy, and when he failed, itwas a horrible loss for Gatsby.was a horrible loss for Gatsby. Pursuing dreams and working hard ledPursuing dreams and working hard ledGatsby to become extremely wealthy.Gatsby to become extremely wealthy.However, the goal of achieving theHowever, the goal of achieving theAmerican Dream can become oppressiveAmerican Dream can become oppressivewhen it takes over one’s life.when it takes over one’s life.“…he had lostthe old warmworld, paid ahigh price forliving too longwith a singledream.” –F. ScottFitzgerald
    • Kurt Cobain Success: Purpose in LifeKurt Cobain Success: Purpose in Life““Im not like themIm not like themBut I can pretendBut I can pretendThe sun is goneThe sun is goneBut I have a lightBut I have a lightThe day is doneThe day is doneBut Im having funBut Im having funI think Im dumbI think Im dumbOr maybe just happy”Or maybe just happy”The above lyrics are from the song “Dumb”, by Nirvana, written by Kurt Cobain,the band’s lead singer. Cobain, who came from a family of musicians, had adream of becoming a musician himself. In “Dumb”, Cobain emphasizes his victoryand happiness that his career has brought him.
    • Kurt’s Decline: Dreams are NotKurt’s Decline: Dreams are NotAlways What they Appear to Be.Always What they Appear to Be.I would never bother you I would never bother you I would never promise toI would never promise toI will never follow you I will never follow you I will never bother you I will never bother you Never say a word again Never say a word again I will crawl away for goodI will crawl away for goodI will move away from here I will move away from here You wont be afraid of fear You wont be afraid of fear No thought was put into thisNo thought was put into thisI always knew it would come to this I always knew it would come to this Things have never been so swell Things have never been so swell And I have never failed to failAnd I have never failed to failAbove are lyrics to “You Know You’re Right” another Nirvanasong sung by Kurt Cobain. Over the years, Cobain hadbecome more and more depressed with his career, and feltthat it was not what he had hoped for. This song was writtenshortly before Cobain committed suicide, and reflects hisdismay with his life and where his dreams have led him.
    • ConclusionConclusion Pursuing the “American Dream”, or simply pursuingPursuing the “American Dream”, or simply pursuingone’s dreams can have both positive and negativeone’s dreams can have both positive and negativeeffects.effects. Pablo Picasso experienced failure in his aspirations, asPablo Picasso experienced failure in his aspirations, aswell as success, and he depicted this through his art.well as success, and he depicted this through his art. Jay Gatsby inJay Gatsby in The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby achieved his dream ofachieved his dream ofbecoming wealthy and successful, but was heartbrokenbecoming wealthy and successful, but was heartbrokenafter his failed dream to marry Daisy.after his failed dream to marry Daisy. Kurt Cobain had a successful music career, but hisKurt Cobain had a successful music career, but his“dream” turned out to not be as good as he had hoped.“dream” turned out to not be as good as he had hoped.
    • ““Its not about how to achieve your dreams,Its not about how to achieve your dreams,its about how to lead your life.”its about how to lead your life.” –Randy–RandyPauschPausch
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