Friday 23rd: Lesson n°2: Disillusions
Documents: photocopies: 2 pictures of the Statue of Liberty)
« Compare the two pictures using the structures expressing similarities and differences »
They both represent the Statue of Liberty.
They both deal with immigration.
They both put the same message across, which is that immigrants are not welcomed anymore.
Picture n°1 is seen from below (low-angle shot) whereas picture n°2 is seen from above (high-angle shot).
On the first picture, the Statue of Liberty seems to reflect power while on the second picture, the statue is submerged/overwhelmed.
Contrary to the second picture, America seems in control of the situation and looks strong and healthy.
Contrary to the first picture, America seems unable to cope with the problem.
The tone in picture one is mild, gentle and apologetic whereas the tone in the second one is harsh and abrupt.
*Is the Statue of Liberty often presented this way?
*What do these two pictures tell us about immigration in the USA today?
*In your opinion, does the American Dream still exist today?
These two cartoons depict the Statue of Liberty in an unexpected way. Indeed, although/ whereas it used to be a welcoming sign to all immigrants, this door to America is now closed to immigrants, the access being denied to illegal immigrants while legal immigration is strictly controlled.
That is why the cartoonist wrote on the base of the statue in picture 1: “We're sorry... At present we have more tired, poor, huddled masses than we know what to do with...” rephrasing the lines from the famous poem engraved on the base of the Statue. It reads “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free...”
It reminds us that millions of people try to enter the US every year, illegally or not. This has made some citizens very suspicious of being taken their jobs and is the cause for much debate. It has become a serious and recurring issue for some years now. The wall along the frontier between Mexico and the US is getting broader and broader as the number of smuggled people has never been so high.
To my mind, debunking the myth of the Statue of Liberty and so the American Dream, shows how disillusioned some people are. It is partly true since the US social and economic system is today quite weakened and shows several shortcomings. Yet, one cannot deny the fact that the myth of the Promised Land is still deeply rooted into most individuals' minds, as it is shown through movies, art or literature works. Even if an immigrant is very likely to meet many hardships in America, I can't think of anyone who wouldn't try his luck and live the American Dream
Nouns and compound forms:
Power: pouvoir, puissance
Promised land: terre promise
Verbs and expressions:
To disillusion: désillusionner, désenchanter
To put a message across: faire passer un message
To submerge: submerger, immerger
To overwhelm: submerger, écraser, accabler
To be unable to: ne pas pouvoir faire, ne pas savoir faire
To cope with: se débrouiller, faire face
To depict: représenter, dépeindre
To deny access to: interdire l'accès à
To debunk: démystifier, discréditer
To be rooted: être enraciné
To be weakened: être affaibli, diminué
To be likely to: risquer de
To try one's luck: tenter sa chance
Strong: fort, puissant
Healthy: en bonne santé, sain
Mild (tone): doux, modéré
Apologetic: confus, désolé
Unexpected: imprévu, inattendu
Below: en dessous de
Above: au dessus de
Homework: 30/11: Copy the lesson on your notebook if were absent
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