In the last part of the paper you have to choose between a comment as
signment (3.1) and a creative assignment (3.2) in which you are asked to
imagine and write down the dreams of the thirteen-year old girl.
Task 3: comment
Wording of assignment: Comment on Oates’ poem as a statement on the
American Dream (Evaluation: comment)
This assignment type is a lot like a discussion in that it is basically a critical
comment in which your personal position is included. A comment is thus
different from both the analysis and the summary in that you have to
bring your own opinion in play.
Focus points in the comment
In this specific comment assignment you are asked to comment on
Dreaming America as a statement on the American Dream. You have
probably read some texts during the school year about the American
Dream, so you are probably familiar with the following keywords and
- The promise that everyone has a possibility of prosperity, success and happiness (cf. ‘The Land of Opportunities’)
- The promise that each individual is the master of his/ her own fate
- The opportunity to make individual choices.
Connections to the American Dream
How is the American Dream even included in Dreaming America?
We have listed some relevant aspects below.
Striving towards prosperity
The strive towards prosperity seems to be a relevant part of the American
Dream with regard to Oates’ poem. The fact is that the described pro
cesses of civilization are, in every case, results of always wanting more –
more highways, more restaurants, more gas stations, etc.
This means that Oates ultimately holds the Amer...