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The American Dream is a prevalent concept in the contemporary texts studied in t

The American Dream is a prevalent concept in the contemporary texts studied in this course. The authors of I Was Their American Dream and Death of a Salesman wrote these works to make commentary on the attainment of the American Dream – who achieves it, societal standards, and the relationships impacted by it. Compare how the American Dream has an impact on the lives of the characters.
Character A Malaka I was their American Dream
Character B Biff death of a salesman
The general/overall topic to discuss in your comparisons
What does the American Dream mean in both texts? How is someone seen as successful?
Is it what you have or own (materialism)?
Is it a job or social status?
Is it having a tight-knit, strong family or friendships?
Does being a person of colour influence one’s ability to attain the American Dream?
What makes someone successful? To themselves? To their friends/family? To society?
How do they know they have “made it”? Or “lost it”?
Compare how the American Dream impact 2 characters, one from IWTAD and one from DOAS.
Similarities, differences
Positives, negatives
Relationships (family, friends, significant others / love interests)
Race or religion – is it ever questioned or brought up in the text? What is the impact of this on the characters?
Does gender influence or play a role between your 2 characters?
SO WHAT about the impact of the American Dream on them? What does this PROVE, TEACH, or SHOW about the American Dream to the audience?
Physical, mental, social impacts or influences
Family relationships or ties
Friendships or social relationships, relationships in the workplace
Gender expectations and roles
STEP 3: POC Development
Look at your points/comparisons above and try to highlight or categorize them. Paste the corresponding points/evidence below and try not to have the same proof/ideas (these will be your potential POCs to divide among your group members)
POC #2 =
(social status)
IWTAD CHARACTER
P-
P-
E-
IWTAD CHARACTER
P-
P-
E-
DOAS CHARACTER
P-
P-
E-
DOAS CHARACTER
P-
P-
E-
STEP 4: Develop a Working/Rough Thesis Statement
SAMPLE THESIS AS A CLASS
Therefore, when one tries to attain the American Dream they cause destruction to themselves and others because they are more concerned about materialism rather than meaningful connections.
MY THESIS WILL BE
Therefore, the American dream’s subjectivity makes it difficult to attain as one feels conflicted about balancing their happiness and those around them, causing a rift in one’s relationship with themselves and others.
Only needs to be one paragraph long

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