Hollywood Dreams of Wealth, Youth, and Beauty
This article looks at how Hollywood films since the 1900s have depicted life in America and how they have helped manufacture the American Dream.
When and How to Pair: Students should read this article after they have read Jing-Mei Woo’s story “Two Kinds,” in order to examine American culture and the influence that the concept of the American dream has on the lives of the immigrants within the novel. How does the powerful promise of the American dream affect Jing-Mei Woo and her family? How does the idea of future success come to define the relationship between Jing-Mei Woo and her mother?