Analysis Of Pink Flamingo

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The “American Dream” is a lifestyle that many citizens of the country fantasize about living. Yet, it’s shocking to think that this country is somewhere that poverty and luxury live only a block apart. The American culture is one that is despised by most and idolized by few. Some believe the nation to be ironically contradictive of how it is portrayed; they believe it to be an American nightmare rather than a dream. Others chase green cards and citizenship to socially move upward from blue collar customs to achieve a white picket fence lifestyle. The culture being portrayed as being accompanied with unlimited luxury and wealth is a common hoax. Not only being believed by foreigners, but also believed by the nation’s inhabitants. It is understandable…show more content…
The author narrates the story of the flamingo and its sudden uprise in America as its flashy, fresh, new craze. The plastic vibrant colored flamingo was “forward-looking rather than old-fashioned, just right for a generation, raised in the Depression, that was ready to celebrate its new affluence” (Price). It isn’t hard to believe that while the exotic flamingo is being used to symbolize such lavish living in America, the Americans “had hunted flamingos to extinction in Florida in the late 1800s” (Price). This implies the ironic aspect of the culture of the…show more content…
In the speech given by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, approximately a decade in difference from the rise of the pink flamingo, he discusses the cause and effect of price inflation on an economically damaged country. The United States Steel corporation set the wave for Americans when deciding to increase the prices of their steel ¨by some 6 dollars a ton¨ (Kennedy). Kennedy characterizes this sudden act as ¨unjustifiable and irresponsible¨ in regards to the impoverished and middle class that occupy the country (Kennedy). He suggests that if other companies in the industry make the choice to inflate the prices of their products, it could “seriously handicap our efforts to prevent an inflationary spiral from eating up the pensions of our older citizens, and our new gains in purchasing power” (Kennedy). If companies choose to imitate the American Steel Corporation, it would drastically set back the progress already made to repair the adverse economic system. Actions like this made by “executives whose pursuit of private power and profit exceeds their sense of public responsibility” are the shoulders of which the culture of poverty in this nation rest (Kennedy). Chasers of the dream fail to realize that the negligent actions of such individuals, being a crucial set back to achieving the idealistic American lifestyle, is the cause for the immense potency of the culture

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