Full name: Hoàng Thị Thanh Thủy Class: 12E19 Topic: Intra/cross/intercultural material analysis
Material: The Pursuit of Happyness
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS FEATURES AMERCAN VALUES
As a nation of immigrants with remarakble ethnic diversity, the United States is discribed not only as heterogeneous “salad bowl” but also homogenizing “melting pot”. This distinctive culure mix features vairious values, two of which hard work and optimism are vividly reflected in the movie “Pursuit of Happyness”. “Pursuit of Happyness” is inspired by a true story of Chris Gardner, who made great efforts to keep his family from sinking into poverty and escape from the homelessness to be a multimillionaire. In the gloomy economic setting, Chris both in reality and in movie, appearently, proves you do not need a powerful army to fight the war on poverty but big smiles and smarts. His optimism sweeps through the film like a searchlight, scattering the dark sky. The drama is a tale of Chris Gardner (Will Smith) - the smart salesman invests his entire life savings in expensive bone-density scanners, bringing him troubles with his wife Linda (Thandie Newton), who leaves him and his son to move to New York. Without money or his wife’s support, but committed to his son, Chris catches a chance to fight for a stockbroker internship position at Dean Witter through a six-month unpaid training period with not even resonable promise. During that period, Chris goes through a lot of hardship personally and professionally to compete with nineteen other candidates for the position. Unfortunately, when he thinks he is "stable", the government takes the last bit of money - $600 in his bank account for taxes. Evicted from the rent house, rendered homeless and bounced from shelter to shelter, Chris holds firm to his dignity, love to his son and optimism....
References: 1 Hillerbrand, H. J. (2012). A New History of Christianity, 323
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