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Why is American Beauty one of my most favorite movies of all time Well let me count the ways American Beauty is a story about a middle-class white American family trying to pursue the American Dream Their different versions of the American Dream are what pull them apart from reaching it as a family There are two major themes that really spoke out to me The first theme deals with the idea of appearances Carolyn Burnham played by Annette Bening was enthralled by the quote stated by her secret mister In order to be successful one must portray the image of success at all times This quote itself exemplifies the whole idea of achieving the American Dream- not necessarily to reach the ultimate goal but to portray the image of reaching that ultimate goal For example I was taught that the ultimate goal would include everything from receiving a college education getting married and having kids Once I receive that will I really be a better and happier person Or once I reach that will I have the opportunity to say that I reached my goal hence portraying the image of being better and happier The idea can really apply to everything I do in life Am I really a happy fun-loving person Or am I just portraying the image of being a happy fun-loving person Am I really a confident person Or am I just portraying the image of being a confident person Am I really a good moral person Or am I just portraying the image of being a good moral person These existential thoughts have been around since the beginning of time with such writers thinkers as Freud or Machiavelli But the idea of re-introducing these ideas in a late 20th Century setting really makes it all the more powerful The second theme that I wish to talk about
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