The American Dream (Democratic Dream) is the aspirations and ambitions we have for our culture and national system. American teenagers have Anerican childhoods from American families, towns etc. to enter the economic and political world of American. Empty continent= to support a new generation based on idea of superabundance where everyone is to prosper.... Blueprints are the building blocks of our country....Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Student Dreams: What do you want for yourself? How do you want to be known? What do they want to do?
Patterns emerge... Freedom of the individual Opportunities to have a new start Inclusion>>Melting Pot Exclusion>>Melting Pot Equality/Inequality Justice/Injustice Stereotypes

For this project, you will need to choose a book from the list below and explore how it is an expression of the American Dream. Part of your quest will be to identify what the book thinks is the American Dream and then how it expresses its critique or expression of it.
Books You Can Choose
  • Into the Wild by: Jon Krakauer
  • Of Mice and Men by: John Steinbeck
  • The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by: Frederick Douglass
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by: Harriet Jacobs

Middle Level - In Winter Dreams
Foreshadowing Title: Winter Dreams- He dreampt he would golf with that famous guy When he sees Judy when he is a young caddy and leaves his job and then leaves her behind when he goes to New York When Dexter meets Judy Jones at the begginning, it hints that they might know each other later in the book
  • Character Foil

    Dexter- Smart, young, individual, who has aquired a wealth over a short period of time. Judy Jones- Indesisive, predictable, young women who is tricksey, false and a tease
    Dexter- Being in love with one person; Judy is in love with many
    Irene- Is the opposite of Judy Jones, average, Judy is Flirtatious
    By showing Dexter next to Judy, nit makes each of their personalities more distinct

    Flat Character

    Dexter- Keeps falling for Judy, even though he loves another women Irene Sheerer- She is not ever really introduced to us, so we don't know her fully Irene- Never changed throughout the story Judy- Doesn't change

    Round Character

    Judy Jones- Although she keeps going back to the same men, she finally settles Dexter- Changes constantly Judy- Started out as a [not nice woman] and ended up being a responsible, faithful wife Dexter- Matures and learns lessons throught the story. Judy- Changes emotionally, and physically throughout the story. We feel like we truly know her


    Golf Course Golf Resort in Minnesota Midwestern U.S. 1920's


    Judy Ends up with a not so great man Judy tells Dexter she only wanted to marry him, and marries someone else when he leaves for war At the beginning of the story Dexter was happy, and at the end Dexter was sad Dexter leaves Irene for Judy only to be backstabbed again.


    Judy made the frown face (pp 746) His dreams "Later in the afternoon" (pp 750) When Dexter's dream is described in the beginning "in the face when the days became crisp and gray, and the long Minnesota winter shut down like the white lid of a box"


    Karma- Judy Jones spent her days going through men and got what she had coming to her when she married an angry drunk. Growing old and Maturing When you put your dreams in an unfaithful person you get hurt. Never trust an [unfaithful women]

    Point of View

    Tells his story without telling it from his eyes There is a narrator, so its a 1st person point of view "This story is not his biography, remember although things creep into it which have nothign to do with those dreams he had when he was young" The book takes place in 3rd person in Dexter's perspective.