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An Interpretation of the American Dream in Homeless to Harvard
湖北工程学院新技术学院 魏 远
Abstract：As the leading figure of western countries, America has her special values. As an ideal of pursuing happiness and perfection, the American Dream becomes the motivation of them in their lives. Homeless to Harvard is a inspirational film which is based on Liz Murray’s autobiography Breaking Night. This movie tells a story about an ordinary girl suffers a hard circumstance when she grows up, but she never gives in. According to this movie, this thesis gives a brief introduction of the American Dream and explores it throughout the heroine’s touching experience, thus publicizing equality, freedom and struggle of American values and attacking abandoned attitude of life. Key words: American Dream; inspiration; Homeless to ...view middle of the document...
During the interview, Liz tells judges frankly that she persists on getting rid of that dark world. Her experience touches them deeply. At the end of the interview, she gets the valuable chance. Liz makes her dream come true, just because she deeply believes that chances are equal to any individual, though you are an ordinary one. 3. Conclusion Through interpreting the optimistic story of Liz Murray, we can draw the conclusion that everyone can be a successful person if possible. Everyone should have the courage to make their unique dream come true. Bibliography： Jefferson, T. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States [M]. New York: Bantam Books, 1998 Murray, L. Breaking Night [M]. New York: Hyperion Books, 2010  董小川．美国文化概论 [M]．北京 : 人民出版社 , 2006  张欣， 刘雨晴． 美国电影所表达的西方核心文化 [J]． 电影文学， 2010, (2):26-27
1. A brief summary of the American Dream The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States of America in which freedom includes a promise of the possibility of prosperity and success ( 张欣 & 刘雨晴 , 2010: 26-27).It is a belief that as long as the United States after a hard struggle will be able to achieve the ideal of a better life, that is, people have to work through their own hard work, courage, creativity and determination to move towards prosperity, rather than rely on specific social classes and other assistance ( 董小川 , 2006). 2. The American Dream reflected from Homeless to Harvard Homeless to Harvard is based on a true story tells about a homeless girl takes care of herself after her parents not have the ability to offer her. It is obvious that Liz lives in a horrible environment. Without regular running water and proper clothing, she gets shunned by her classmates. Her family runs out of order and she has to regards her mother as her baby. Unexpectedly, she never loses her faith when confronts with all those but sticks