The thesis is written based on the movie research entitled The Pursuit of Happyness directed by Gabriele Muccino. It aims at explaining how the myth of material success is reflected by the main character of the movie, Chris Gardner.
The research is descriptive qualitative in which the main data are in the forms of dialogues, scenes, characters, characterization and the cinematographic elements while the supporting data are taken from the books, journals, magazines, articles and internet, which are relevant to the topic discussed.
Since the research is the in the scope of American Study which is an interdisciplinary study, it involves several disciplines applied in the form of theory and approach. In answering the research question, the research applies some theories and approaches including popular culture theory, semiotic film theory, sociological and cultural approaches as its point of view.
From the analysis, it can be found that the myth of material success is obviously reflected in The Pursuit of Happyness movie through the main character, Chris Gardner. Furthermore, Chris Gardner pursues his dream based on five basic motifs in the myth of material success. The limitations belonging to him such as poverty and education background do not stop him from achieving his dream to be a stockbroker. He obtains the rewards after his long restless struggle to overcome many obstacles. The rewards also come closer to him since he has virtues such as intelligence, self-discipline, high responsibility and earnestness. His huge drive and ambition deliver him to get closer to his dream. In the last part of analysis, a modicum of luck is received by Chris Gardner after doing his long restless efforts.