Search the internet for a description of the concept ”The American Dream”
What does this concept cover?
It is about the freedom in America and it includes the opportunity for prosperity and success and social mobility for the family and the children. James Truslow Adams said in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement"
1. In your own words, briefly explain what is said in the lyrics
You can do what you want or be what you want to be if you just work for it.
Even if you come from a poor family you can become a rock star or a successful business man if you work hard enough for it
What themes do the lyrics deal with? Find 2-3 examples in the text
‘Hung with the wrong person Got her strung on that Heroin, cocaine, sniffin up drugs all in her nose...’ one example of the theme drugs
‘be careful, some men be Rapists, so act your age, don't pretend to be Older than you are, give yourself time to grow You thinking he can give you wealth, but so Young boys, you can use a lot of help, you know You thinkin life's all about smokin weed and ice You don't wanna be my age and can't read and write’ - You think that you are older than you are
5. What is the overall message?
The American dream - the struggle and the road to becoming a celebrity and a star. There will be many temptations along the way, but if you want to be something the only way is to work hard. Hard work beats talent. You can be what you want If u work hard at it and give it all you can. ‘’I know I can’’ The American dream. Life struggle. Hard work beats talent.
Rewrite the following lines from the lyrics so that the language becomes more understandable and correct English:
1. Coulda died, so young, now looks ugly and old
Could have died young, but now I look ugly and old
2. No fun cause now when she reaches for hugs people hold they breath
It isn’t fun because now when she is reaching for hugs, people hold their breath
3. So if you gonna be the best, I’ma tell you how
So if you going to be the best, I’m telling you how.
4. You thinkin life’s all about smoking weed and ice / you don’t wanna be my age and can’t read and write
You thinking life is all about smoking weed and meth / you don’t want to be at my age and can’t even read and write