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The Strategies For Representing the Myth of the American Dream in the USA's films of 2010s

Student: Daria Okorokova

Supervisor: Irina Lagutina

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Cultural Studies (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

The myth of the American Dream has been an enduring concept for several centuries in the United States and now throughout the world. The origins of the myth are found in the "Declaration of Independence of the United States", then it is cultivated in a number of literary works, and later finds its embodiment in the cinema. Despite the abundance of criticism and obvious reasons for the illusory nature of the myth (for example, the shrinking middle class in the United States, the increasingly complicated lift of vertical social mobility, the inaccessibility of free higher education to most people),the myth continues to function and figure as one of the main themes in modern Hollywood cinema. In my research I analyze the films of Hollywood cinema of the last decade - "The social Network", D. Fincher, (2010); "Steve Jobs", D. Boyle, (2015); The Founder, J. Lee Hancock, (2016). Using the examples of these films, I study the ways of transforming the image of a successful American, identifying narrative, compositional, visual strategies of representation for actualizing the myth today with the help of cinematic means. In the research was used a combination of Cinema Studies methods - recording of individual episodes, content analysis, narrative and comparative analysis.

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