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To examine how the American dream has evolved over time, I wanted to first focus on my values when I was younger. In this scene I wanted to do a voice over + show and tell style video of a place that was the particularly important to me as a child--the park in front of my grandparent's house. I valued this place so much because it was the only place I was allowed to go alone, and it taught me the importance of independence and solitude as I would spend hours at the park all by myself. These are topics I will mention as I give a tour of the place.
For the second portion of my part of the documentary, I wanted to show my values and priorities currently while still focusing mainly on how this is based mainly on where I spend a lot of time. I wanted to also do a show and tell style video on a typical day at school and the kind of work I do. I take pride in my education, but always prioritizing it is a struggle. Still, my relationship with my studies is very personal and if I want to do well in school, I have to want it for myself and have a worth ethic based on what I want. Education is what is going to allow me to be independent in the future.
This scene is going to be a little bit different for me because the previous ones dealt a lot more with internal values, but I think it's important to see how those values relate to the people I surround myself with. In this scene, I want to include a very candid conversation between me and some of the other members of the group at a restaurant. It's quite common for my friends and I to discuss future goals and aspirations. I particularly want to highlight how my dream of independence doesn't always resonate with my peers, and how much a lot of them rely on their parents in all aspects from checking up on their grades to doing their laundry.
To bring it back to the whole idea on how the American dream is evolving, I wanted to speak a little bit about how my values relate to what I envision myself doing in the future. In an interview style way, I plan to talk a little bit about how moving out and going to college reflect my American dream of independence. I want to emerge myself in a place I've never been before and figure things out on my own for once. This portion of the documentary will be used as reflection as to how the other portions of the documentary manifest into this dream.
My American dream will focus on my desires to be independent and work hard for the career I desire. I want to explore how this relates to the American dreams of the past particularly the thoughts of Transcendentalists as they prioritized individuals and one's relationship with oneself. I want to show how this is prevalent today, and can still be applicable in a materialistic and innovative world. It also relates to what we learned in the Great Gatsby which promotes the idea of a 'self-made-man'. This concept, though very new at the time, was very exclusive to white males. In my documentary, and all the various scenes, interviews, and voice overs I include, I hope to explore these topics and highlight how my American dream coincides with where society is at today. (this will be implemented in a more definite way in my script)
Leyla Rodriguez AP English Lang/Comp, Online Mrs. Spencer April 17, 2016
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