DEFINITION : The word myth can make us think of an ancient story about Gods, heroes and magic, an unfounded notion theme or character embodying an idea. However, in our analysis we are dealing more with a popular belief embodying the ideals and institutions of a society. Through two documents, a song and a cartoon, we will be studying the American dream and everything that it involves. Concerning the meaning of the word hero, we will be dealing more with the notion of a person admired for his or her achievements, noble qualities and great courage. We will come across the leader of the pilgrims, John Winthrop. Nevertheless, hero can also mean a mythological or legendary figure often endowed with great strength or even refer to the main character in a literary work.
THEME MYTHS AND HEROES
N°1 PROBLEMATIQUE: TO WHAT EXTENT DO PAST AND PRESENT IMMIGRANTS TO THE US BELIEVE IN A MYTH?
I- A NEW WORLD, A NEW LIFE. a/ EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN AMERICA. b/ WHY DO THEY WANT TO IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA? II- AN UNREALISTIC MYTH. a/ THE PILGRIM’S FAILED AMERICAN DREAM. b/ A BARBED WIRE FENCE.
I- A NEW WORLD, A NEW LIFE.
a/ EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN AMERICA -The USA represented and represents still today a true cultural, political, and economical model to the entire world. It is known to all to be a nation of immigrants. It is known that the pilgrims fathers were greatly welcomed and helpt by the indians. They were successful in their settlement. That is why people call it the promised land(lines 10,11,12,13,16,17,18,19). -In Springsteen’s song he calls America “A land of opportunity” because it is an open society. For example, the author talks about expensive clothes that can be bought by all women. He explains that people are wealthy enough to buy luxury goods . They are on an equal footing, which means there are no social classes. - Throughout the song America’s opulence is illustrated and repeated. For instance in the chorus (lines16 to 21)” there is diamonds in the sidewalk”(lines 16,26,38), “I hear that beer flows through the faucets”(lines 18,27,39), and “There’s treasure for the taking” (lines 20,28,40). b/WHY DO THEY WANT TO IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA?...