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October 7th -- SAMPLE OUTLINE OF SAMPLE INTERPRETATION ESSAY (essay is on Canvas under“Files” and “Unit 2”)Thesis statement/Overall Claim: BothTell Me How It EndsandCocosuggest that portrayal of TheAmerica Dream presents a false message about the opportunities for migrants in the United States, andthe creators of the essay and the film, Valeria Luiselli and Lee Unkrich, both use the imagery of hell,ghosts, and graveyards in their critiques of the United States.Claim: In the media, such as in films, novels, and shows, the United States is often seen as the land ofopportunity and equality: The American Dream. Both Valeria Luiselli and Lee Unkrich highlight the powerof this ideal.Sub-claim: InTell Me How It Ends, Luiselli focuses on how the children who migrate to the US do so toescape hardships, and they view the US as their haven.Example: page 12Sub-claim: InCoco, the film’s creators establish early on that the image of Ernesto De La Cruz thatMiguel sees on TV has a similar power to the ideal of The American Dream.Example: minute marker 13-14Claim: These two works illustrate the illusion of The America Dream in that the protagonists find that landthey migrate to is actually a nightmare.Sub-claim: InTell Me How It Ends, Luiselli uses the motif of hell, ghosts, and the dead by comparingghosts to immigrant children (all immigrants in general) who have migrated to the United States and hellor the underworld to the US.Examples: page 25Page 27-30Page 48Page 11Page 70Sub-claim:Cocois similarly preoccupied with hell, ghosts, and the dead. The hardships that Miguelencounters in the afterlife are similar to those that the migrant children suffer inTell Me How It Ends,particularly the hardship of being separated from family, and the risk of death and being forgotten.Examples: minute marker 1:09minute marker 1:13Conclusion: Both works,Tell Me How It EndsandCoco, explore the contrast between the way the Landof Dreams is portrayed by the media and the way it is perceived by those who migrate there.

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