The American Dream is not restricted by the boundaries of the United States. It is a set of hopes that all humans, regardless of nationality, should be aware of. Indeed, history and literature demonstrate thoroughly that the desire to work hard and live a decent life is well represented around the world, not just during the early pioneers’ relocation to the Wild West or the massive immigration movement from Europe to America. Unfortunately, all these people who had dreams of freedom were sharply awakened by reality. America was supposed to be formed “e pluribus unum,” but this is de facto untrue, despite that America is a diverse nation made up of diverse inhabitants. As in countless novels, the cinematic community has also tried very hard to both relate the status quo of the American Dream in the very real problems and issues of the present while authentically visualizing the past of the U.S., both of which are frighteningly similar.
For instance, the six seasons of the TV show Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman devoted years of storylines and episodes to the depiction of life on the frontier in comparison to life in modern times, all during the main characters’ quest for their own American Dream. It is insufficient to say that this series concentrated on numerous themes and topics against the background of a solid character’s personal adventure in a small Western town. Dr. Quinn discusses everything imaginable; it is perhaps the most detailed and effectively acute show ever produced that managed to simultaneously present facts about medicine, an amplitude of history, and a wide range of knowledge related to human nature and the workings of human relationships. It is wrong to call the show romantic per se because the stories are always to the point, never dancing around the central focus of that particular episode. Some critics may say that Dr. Quinn was overly politically correct when it came to discussing the treatment of the Native Americans by the U.S. army and American settlers, but as a matter of fact the series constantly describes how nonsensical and pointless all racism is, a standpoint that is not political but humanely necessary.
To be continued…
All six seasons of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman are available on DVD as a complete set or individually wherever movies are sold in Fresno and online; they also can be rented for free from local libraries.