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Hello! I have completed the outline for this assignment but need help in writing the essay…Here is the topic.

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

The Great Gatsby

and argue why or why not Franklin’s assertions are correct. Provide examples from the film and your own explanations to support your assertions.

Creating an Outline for Option 1
Instructions: Write complete sentences to fill in the items below.
Introduction:
Introduction:
The American Dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of
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Establish the topic
Identify the film you
are analyzing
End with a clear thesis
statement
Thesis Statement (fill in the
blanks on the right):
race, class, gender, or nationality, can be successful in America
if they just work hard enough. The Great Gatsby is a tragic love
story on the surface, but I viewed it as a critique of the
American Dream. Through Gatsby’s life, the movie critiques
the idea that America is a meritocracy where anyone can rise to
the top with enough hard work. As is evident in the film The
Great Gatsby, Franklin’s assertion that the American Dream is
available to all people is incorrect because the American dream
is a constant desire for something better, it distracts you from
living a meaningful life, and ultimately leads to destruction.
As is evident in the film The Great Gatsby, Franklin’s assertion that the
American Dream is available to all people is incorrect because the
American Dream is a constant desire for something better, distracts you
from living a meaningful life, and ultimately leads to destruction.
Body Paragraphs: This is where you will develop each of the points in your thesis statement.
Body Paragraph 1: Topic Sentence: The movie attempts to make viewers see that because the
Elaborate on the
American Dream is the constant desire for something better, to fully
first point in your
achieve the American dream is impossible.
thesis statement
Detail 1: The American Dream is the hope that anyone can earn success if
they work hard enough. Gatsby’s love for Daisy led him to achieve
extravagant wealth.
Detail 2: In the sense of rising up social rank and obtaining financial
success, Gatsby achieved the American Dream.
Detail 3: However, for Gatsby the personification of the American dream
is Daisy.
Concluding Sentence: In our first glimpse of Jay Gatsby, we see him
reaching towards something far off, something in sight but definitely out
of reach. This image of the green light I understood as the idea that
people are always reaching towards something greater than themselves
that is just out of reach.
The fact that this yearning image is our introduction to Gatsby
foreshadows his unhappy end and also marks him as a dreamer, rather
than people like Tom or Daisy who were born with money and don’t
need to strive for anything so far off.
Quote(s) you will use to support this point: (scene from the movie) Gatsby
Stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a way that made me
curious, his hand trembling. Behind his hand was a single green light,
minute and far away, that we came to find out was the end of a dock. Pg
Body Paragraph 2:
Elaborate on the
second point in
your thesis
statement
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Topic Sentence: Despite the wealth that Gatsby achieved, the movie
conveys that materialism of the American Dream does not guarantee
happiness.
Detail 1: Every week, Gatsby hosted grand parties for hundreds of people
Detail 2: Most of them only used Gatsby to enjoy his wealth and the
luxury of the American Dream. When Nick is at Gatsby’s party, he hears
the rumors about Gatsby amongst the guests.
Detail 3: The gossip of Gatsby demonstrates that Gatsby did not form any
genuine relationships with the party guests. Gatsby was so focused on his
dream of Daisy that he did not establish any true friendships until he met
Nick.
Concluding Sentence: Fitzgerald conveys that being too focused on the
American Dream can distract one from living in the moment. He
communicates that it is more important to focus on things that matter
more than money, such as relationships. Gatsby’s life became fuller and
happier once he became friends with Nick and Daisy, not because of his
wealth.
Quote(s) you will use to support this point:c“He’s a bootlegger…One time he
killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to Von Hindenburg
and second cousin to the devil” PG 48
Body Paragraph 3:
Elaborate on the
third point in your
thesis statement
Topic Sentence: The movie warns if Americans continue to live this way,
they will come to experience hardship, or even destruction.
Detail 1: Towards the end of the movie everything comes crashing down:
Daisy refuses to leave Tom, Myrtle is killed, and George breaks down
and kills Gatsby and then himself, leaving all of the “strivers” dead and
the old money crowd safe. Furthermore, we learn that Gatsby didn’t even
achieve all his wealth through hard work, like the American Dream
would stipulate—instead, he earned his money through crime.
Detail 2: Although hundreds of guests came to Gatsby’s weekly glamorous
parties, none of them came to pay their respects to him at his funeral.
Detail 3: After Gatsby’s death, his generosity to the party guests was
ignored and forgotten, illustrating the insensitive and selfish society that
the American Dream has produced.
Concluding Sentence: At the end of the movie Nick reflects on the failure of
Gatsby’s dream. The green light that Gatsby fails to grasp symbolizes the
unattainable dream that lives inside everyone. Gatsby’s continuous hope
for better is similar to society’s desire for infinite growth in the economy.
The destruction of Gatsby’s dream for Daisy demonstrate that the
American Dream is unattainable.
Quote(s) you will use to support this point (scene from movie): as the moon rose
higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I
became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’
eyes–a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees
that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to
the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted
moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent,
compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor
desired, face to face for the last time in history with something
commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of
Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of
Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream
must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did
not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast
obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on
under the night.” PG 193
Conclusion:
Conclusion:
Summarize the
main points in the
body paragraphs
and paraphrase
your thesis.
The movie The Great Gatsby attempts to make viewers see that because
the American Dream is the constant desire for something better, to fully
achieve the American dream is impossible. Once Gatsby achieved his
dream of winning Daisy’s love, he already had a desire for something
more. Those who pursue the American Dream believe that no matter how
much they accomplish, there is always something better to strive for. It is
also conveyed that being too focused on the American Dream can distract
one from living in the moment. The movie communicates that it is more
important to focus on things that matter more than money, such as
relationships. Lastly, the movie also conveys a decline in society’s moral
and is critical of the careless lifestyles of Americans. It warns that if
Americans continue to live this way, they will come to experience
hardship, or even destruction. It is evident in the film The Great Gatsby,
that Franklin’s assertion that the American Dream is available to all
people is incorrect because the American dream is a constant desire for
something better, it distracts you from living a meaningful life, and
ultimately leads to destruction.

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