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''The Pursuit of Happyness'' and the 'American Dream'

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Transcript of ''The Pursuit of Happyness'' and the 'American Dream'

''We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and
the pursuit of Happ[y]ness
.''
Definition:
Starting from all below and advancing to the top of social esteem and financial wealth through hard work.
Image by Tom Mooring
''The Pursuit of Happyness'' and the 'American Dream'
The American Dream
1 American Dream
2 The movie ''The Pursuit of Happyness''
2.1 Analysis
Plot
Characters
Symbols
2.2 Chris Gardner in real life
3 The American Dream in
the ''Pursuit of Happyness''
4 Moral value
Structure
The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Chris Gardner
His biography
Today's meaning
Today's version
Hard work
Innovative idea
Bad advancement opportunities
-> 'Can-Do-Mentality'
''The Pursuit of Happyness''
Plot
Aim: Career as a stockbroker
=> Selection procedure in the stock firm 'Dean Witter Reyholds'
But:
non-paid
only ONE trainee will win the selection process
=> homeless
Wins and gets an employee there
In 2006, Chris creates his own multi-million dollar brokerage firm, called ''Gardner Rich''
Characters
Chris Gardner
Linda
Christopher
Symbols
Misspelling in ''The Pursuit of Happyness''
Rubik's Cube
Symbol of
focus
perseverance
intelligence

Personal: day-care centre as a major part of his life and important step further towards reaching happiness

Symbol of all obstacles and difficulties in the process of the pursuit of happiness
Chris Gardner in real life
Chris Gardner
Entrepreneur
Author
Single parent
* 9.2.1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Childhood:
Bettye Jean Triplett
nee Gardner
Mother
Father:
Thomas Turner

Stepfather:
Freddie Triplett
At the age of 18:

After high school:

Started working in a nursing home
=> U.S. Navy Hospital Corps
At the age of 22:

San Francisco

- Medical research assistant
- Started selling medical supplies
and equipment

1982:


Jackie
Christopher Jarrett Medina Gardner
Conclusion:
The American Dream in 'The Pursuit of Happyness''
American Dream
''The Pursuit of Happyness''
Today: Brokerage business
Speaking engagements and media projects
=> help others to achieve their full potential
Moral Value
Believe in your dreams!
Don't give up!
You can reach anything!
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