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Are we living the dream or are we fooling ourselves? What is the American Dream? Past and Present To what extent does it exist today?

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2 Are we living the dream or are we fooling ourselves? What is the American Dream? Past and Present To what extent does it exist today?

3 Images of the American Dream Include a slide show or video???Include a slide show or video???

4 The Great Gatsby Character Analysis (Embodies the American Dream? Dissillusioned or unsatisfied?) Character Analysis (Embodies the American Dream? Dissillusioned or unsatisfied?) To what extent are characters disillusioned, or unsatisfied with their lives (e.g., their relationships, employment, social status, wealth, families, personal histories, etc.)? TomTom Myrtle and GeorgeMyrtle and George GatsbyGatsby NickNick DaisyDaisy

5 Wealth and Desires- Historical Comparisons 1920’sToday 106,521,537 people in the United States 2,132,000 unemployed, Unemployment 5.2% Life expectancy: Male 53.6, Female in military (down from 1,172,601 in 1919) Average annual earnings $1236; Teacher's salary $970 Dow Jones High 100 Low 67 Illiteracy rate reached a new low of 6% of the population Gangland crime included murder, swindles, racketeering It took 13 days to reach California from New York There were 387,000 miles of paved road.

6 How has it changed? Show imagesShow images Personal experiences of studentPersonal experiences of student Ideas and concepts for todayIdeas and concepts for today

7 Resources and other connections Music/song lyricsMusic/song lyrics Foolin Yourself: StyxFoolin Yourself: Styx Modern Day: Foreigner (intro to PP)Modern Day: Foreigner (intro to PP) Jazz for 20’sJazz for 20’s California Dreamin’California Dreamin’ Modern/20’sModern/20’s


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