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“Pink Houses” by John Mellencamp

“Pink Houses” by John Mellencamp


You learned the definition of the American Dream in Week 1. You also learned about the American identity. Traits often associated with the American identity include boldness, confidence, perseverance, and integrity. These traits are often demonstrated through a character’s words or actions. This week, we’ll focus on integrity. For this discussion, use any of the Week 4 readings except for “Woman Hollering Creek” and describe how two of the characters display strong moral principles.


300 words minimum (excluding quotations and citation)


This is a graded assignment. Remember our discussion from Week 1 about what the American Dream is? In this course, we’ve looked the origins of the American Dream and then how some groups have struggled to be included. In this final week of class, we are looking at the current status and the future of the American Dream, as well as what it means to be a global citizen.

In a post of at least 100 words, address the items below:

  • Explain how has your understanding of the American Dream changed as a result of this course.
  • Reflect on John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which for many signifies hope. Do you believe there is hope for the American Dream? Choose at least one image from the song lyrics or video that signifies your new understanding of the American Dream.
  •  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkgkThdzX-8
  • attached see intro discussion for comparison