Challenging the American Dream
Adults Alone challenges our assumption about the american dream, because Paul
and Elaine pretend to make it seem like they are living “the american dream”. When in
reality they are not. In the story they live in a nice house in the suburbs, have two kids and
a new car. Elaine and Paul both work, but Elaine takes care of the kids more than Paul.
She also does all the grocery shopping and cleaning around the house. Elaine tries her
best to look good, in terms of staying skinny. It is only because she doesn’t like eating, so
she doesn’t have to clean up her mess when she is done. All of these ideas from the story
is what makes them look like they are living “the american dream”.
In the story the best scene that illustrates this challenge would be when Paul and
Elaine decide to take their kids to visit their grandmother in Florida. This scene is
interesting to me because, Paul and Elaine didn’t just take them there to see their grandma
or go on a vacation, but because they wanted time alone. The first thing Elaine did when
they got home was go to sleep, while Paul talked to the kids on the phone. When any
normal married couple would actually go out to dinner or go see a movie. Paul and Elaine
have to get high to remember the idea of being in love again. When Elaine goes to the
store and spends all that money on cheese. She comes home and drinks by herself not
with Paul, he is downstairs playing video games. The kids call and Elaine answered the
phone, it was Sammy crying. He misses his mom and dad and she doesn’t even care that
he is crying. She knows she is being selfish too, but Paul didn’t even bother try answering
the phone. That shows that Elaine care for their kids more. Before Paul and Elaine go to
get the crack they get the idea from an advertisement on the television. This shows that
they didn’t really take much time to think about...
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