ENG250Y1 – LECTURE NOTES
September 9, 2013
The American Epic:
American dream = reaching full potential, earn by merit
the possibility of starting fresh, succeed
associated with the middle-class
"it is more difficult now than in the past for many people to achieve middle-class status
because prices for certain key goods have gone up faster than income"
American dream might be slipping
the term is constantly changing
the dream is slivery, its slippery as a term, how is it defined?
Adams believed that Americans were becoming conformists
"there is no use in accusing America of being Babbitt Warren. The top and bottom are
Babbit and main are based on novels; stress the idea of small towns, suburbs
geography is linked to freedom and a lack of
"it is not a dream of motor cars and high wages..." 374
Adams sees social determinants as negative, arbitrary
relates to the Declaration of Independence Adams says that the dream is not based in numbers, quantitive qualities, it’s based on
aggregate men and women
But what does "better" and "richer" and "fuller" mean?
the main meaning of "richer" is now associated to wealth now
the three words above provides a greater definition of the American dream at the same
time giving it ambiguity
the vagueness of the term gives it its political force, used to justify colonia