Pursuit of the American Dream in “Catch Me If You Can” and “Blow” “Catch Me If You Can” is a true story based on a man who cheated large corporations out of their money, after growing up in a small town in poverty. “Blow” is very similar in that it is based on the true events of a man who worked the drug cartel for millions of dollars, after growing up with his parents in the slums. The main characters in these films both use two different schemes to accomplish the same goal, which is the “American Dream,” after being far from it during childhood. Based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr, “Catch Me If You Can” tells of a successful con artist who managed to pass himself off as several identities for personal gain. During high school, Frank Abagnale Jr. idolized his father, who was constantly in trouble with the IRS.
He only received 18 months of formal education and was largely self educated. In 1816 Lincoln’s father lost his farm and was forced to move to Perry County, Indiana. This area of the country near the Ohio River was very remote and rugged. Their first winter at the new homestead was very harsh but they were able to survive. Unfortunately that summer Lincoln’s mother died from a deadly disease known as “milk sickness” and left his father with the children to raise alone(Lincoln research project).
Even though his parent’s divorce and foolish mistakes compelled him to be involved in infamous frauds, Abagnale used his second chance wisely and became a world renowned authority on financial crimes. Abagnale’s talent in fraudery and embezzlement earned him recognition amongst the FBI, financial institutions, and other corporations. According to a website, “Abagnale only had two hundred dollars and no high school diploma when he traveled to New York” ( "Frank Abagnale"). Considering his helpless situation, he had no choice but to fake his age and educational background. In order to make himself look ten years older, he tampered with his driver’s license.
First off, "St. Croix/Manhattan" narrates Hamilton's young life as poor islander coming to America. Hamilton was born in th... ... middle of paper ... ...as bait in this sordid blackmail scheme. Hamilton denied financial embezzlement, but admitted adultery. Many find Alexander Hamilton to be a carbon-copy of Bill Clinton. Both men had fathers that abandoned them at a young age; both men came from poor conditions and rose very powerful positions; both were very intelligent and successful lawyers; and both were accused of financial embezzlement and later admitted to love affairs instead, even though Clinton lied about his affair.
As with any successful criminal operation, corruption is the key to keeping the officials off your back. The introduction of Gatsby’s business partner, Meyer Wolfshiem led to the presumption that Gatsby was well connected. Fitzgerald’s novel supports this in which Gatsby says “He’s the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919… they can’t get him, old sport. He’s a smart man”(The Great Gatsby 78). On another occasion, Gatsby was pulled over for speeding; he flashed the police officer a card and was let off.
Jay Gould was titled “Most Hated Man in America”, yeah that’s right he was that type of Robber Baron. He had his ups and downs but in the end he turned out on top. A Robber Baron is defined as one of the American industrialists who became wealthy by “cheating” or using the stock market operation and unfair selfish treatment of labor. Jay Gould was a selfish Baron who owned railroads. He was named “Most Hated Man in America” most likely for his selfish treatment of labor and his “cheating” from early on.
They bribe Grant’s brother-in- law and on black Friday madly bid price of god and drove business men to the wall.. AT last Grant release gold in treasury but still he was foolish for letting it take place. B. Buis Tweed employ bribery, graft, and fraudulent election to milk the country. Which raise tax assessment of citizens. In 1871 NY times publish evidence of his deed and Samuel J. Tilden prosecuted him and gain fame that late pave the way as a presidential candidate. A Carnival of Corruption · Grant can’t sense his cabinet is full of trash except Hamilton Fish ( secretary of state) hi sin lawss attain public payroll.
The worst criminal act the ‘Dirty Dozen’ participated in consisted of stealing coal from the nearby railroad . As Dillinger grew older, so did the intensity of his crimes. In his teenage years Dillinger stole a car to impress a girl, and when caught he fled to the navy. According to John he was “discharged” from the navy, but records say he escaped. Dillinger committed his first major criminal act in September of 1924 with Ed Singleton.
He first tries to become rich the best and fastest way possible in order to impress the love of his life Daisy; however, when he does not win Daisy over, only decides to keep on accomplishing the part of his dream where is lives his life in luxury and money. He did indeed make a lot of money, but Gatsby did not make this money in a legal way. In fact, Tom, Daisy’s Husband, screams at Gatsby, "I found out what your 'drug-stores ' were." He turned to us and spoke rapidly. "He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter.
His crew consists of Valerie, who works behind the scenes, Dennis, the computer wizard, Mike, handyman, and Bobby, the youngest, yet most promising member of the group. After a series of smaller thieving operations, the group sets out to steal millions of dollars from Curt Prager, one of the richest private bank owners in the world. In order to pull of this big job, they go after Howard Bessemer, who is one of Prager's biggest clients. The crew kidnaps Bessemer and they take him to the Caribbean, in hopes of getting more information about Prager. All along, Carr does not feel like he can trust his crew, and he also has feelings for Valerie.