Notes on Of Mice and Men, the Great Depression, and the American Dream THE AMERICAN DREAM
American Dream: the idea that by working hard, every person, regardless of race, religion, social class, etc, can lead a happy, successful life; the idea that ANYONE can come from “nothing” and become “something”
What seem to be the necessary elements of the American Dream?
The concept of the American Dream became popular during the Great Depression and it remains a part of our culture today
Examples of those who have attained their “American Dream”?
Chris Gardner (Pursuit of Happyness)
J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)
Is the American Dream possible for everyone? Does everyone in America have an equal chance to be successful and achieve their personal goals?
Many people believe that the American Dream is not available to everyone – that it is just a DREAM