Essay Plan for American Beauty

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Sam Mendes American Beauty challenges the notion of the American dream,where having money,a home,two cars and a job supposedly constitutes for happiness. He does so via several characters which highlight the difference between appearance and reality.

Carolyn Burnham-values success and appearing successful- lives up to the American dream. however-appears successful, close up of her crying In a scene in which she cannot sell a house, she abuses herself mentally and physically: she screeches, screams, and slaps herself. All day she had cleaned the house (appearances) and repeated maniacally to herself, "I will sell this house today”-A dream= appearing successful Pool symbolically rep- A dream,meant to be “lagoon like” but in reality is a “cement hole’. Much like she has to sell a seemingly fake image of her house, she also does with her self. Repetition of “in order to be successful once must project a image of success at all times” emotive word “must” sug success is conventional for the American dream. As her ‘business is selling a image’ metaphor...’part of my job is to live that image‘ Throughout film-she keeps her roses/garden in prime perfect condition which highlights the irony as her life is anything but.
Angela Hayes-As Carolyn is successfully beautiful, but ugly in character, Angela is also. Angela Hayes appears to be the model teen which others envy, but in reality has low self-esteem.. She is thin, blonde, gorgeous, popular and confident to the seeing eye. Inside she is scared and torn. This is shown in the character of Angela. A blonde and popular…...

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