Essay American Dream (Citizen Kane vs. Mildred Pierce

1560 Words Feb 27th, 2012 7 Pages
Parth Patel
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The American Dream is one of the things that describes what America is made of. Although the definition of the American Dream may be different from individual to individual, the main purpose is one thing: to gain the wealth and success you need to live a good life. People come to America because this is the land where you have equal opportunity, and the ability to become very successful. There have been many movies and books that depict the American Dream, but both show that the American Dream is not always the happy story that most Americans yearn for. These two movies are Citizen Kane and Mildred Pierce. As these two movies show that the American Dream is not what it seems, they show how middle class life
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However, the film showed that although the American Dream may lead to happiness, it can also lead to destruction. As her business started to make more and more money, Mildred began to spoil Veda more and more, hoping to gain her approval at any cost. Veda still acted out negatively towards Mildred but Mildred kept trying to give Veda more things to gain acceptance. While Mildred was on a romantic getaway with Monte, her youngest daughter Kay contracted pneumonia and passed away, causing Mildred to blame herself although Kay was under the care of Bert for the weekend. Later in the movie, Mildred went on to marry Monte in what seemed to be an impulsive marriage. She soon realized how much she had to support Monte along with Veda and eventually ended her relationship with Monte. Monte and Veda then had a small affair which led to Veda killing him when he refused to marry her. Mildred pursued and captured the American Dream, but it didn’t pan out the way she wanted it to. Mildred Pierce is a movie that shows that the American Dream can also be a nightmare, as you can see with the life of Mildred throughout the movie. Mildred Pierce shows us that the middle class life with a complete family is the peaceful life that everyone should lead. The movie shows that Mildred’s life became disastrous after her family broke apart when her and Bert separated. A message that this movie is

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