The American Dream

The American Dream lecture in Week 1 points out that Poor Richard’s Almanac was an annual publication that included calendar lists, home recipes, weather forecasts etc. What made Franklin’s almanac unlike other almanacs was the inclusion of Franklin’s witty parables and humorous writings.  Franklin proposes in “The Way to Wealth” that anyone who works hard, avoids debt, and works toward attaining a virtuous character can be successful and ultimately wealthy—that the American Dream is accessible to all.

Watch either The Color Purple or The Great Gatsby (locate the films using Netflix, Amazon, or your local library) and argue why or why not Franklin’s assertions are correct. Provide examples from the film and your own explanations to support your assertions. 

Your will have two choices for your thesis statement:

As is evident in the film The Color Purple (or The Great Gatsby), Franklin’s assertion that the American Dream is available to all people is incorrect because _________, ___________, and _________ (you will determine three points in support of your thesis, and those will become the topics of your three body paragraphs). 

As is evident in the film The Color Purple (or The Great Gatsby), Franklin’s assertion that the American Dream is available to all people is correct because _________, ___________, and _________ (you will determine three points in support of your thesis, and those will become the topics of your three body paragraphs). 

Assignment Requirements

Using your outline as a reference, write (and revise) your essay. Your essay must be at least 1,000 words in length (do not count the title page, abstract, or references page in your word count). Format your draft in APA style (Times New Roman 12-point font, double spacing, running head) and include the following elements:

  1. Title page,
  2. Abstract (150-200 words, NOT counted in length requirement)
  3. Introduction and thesis statement,
  4. Three fully developed body paragraphs with properly integrated and cited supporting quotes,
  5. Conclusion, and
  6. References page
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