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eleanor_rigby - Luke Vinze English 1023: Comp 2 Ms. Kelly...

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Luke Vinze English 1023: Comp 2 Ms. Kelly Tate Paper # 4 Drama May 3 rd , 2006 Title When boiled down to the bare theme, both American Beauty (directed by Sam Mendes) and In America (directed by Jim Sheridan) are about the pursuit of happiness. Both movies are based around a central character that is in trying to live the American dream and discover happiness. Lester and Johnny start out in a state of grim depression from their pursuit of the ideological American dream. In Lester’s case, he is caught up by the materialism obsession that is driven by the notion that the acquisition of wealth and material belongings is happiness, a lifestyle which is all too common today. On the other hand, Johnny came to America seeking a new career, to escape the memory of his fallen son, and to start anew with the goal of living better than before. When they realize that living happily is more than just the superficial goal of pursuing the lifestyles that everyone has come to expect from them, they start to come to enjoy life as it is. This
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENGL 1023 taught by Professor Stephens during the Spring '08 term at Arkansas.

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