Price commences her essay with a critical tone and colorful diction to ridicule the flamboyance when pink flamingos “splashed” into the fifties market. She utilizes verbs associated with flamingos such as “flocking” to portray how American culture transformed a prestigious and unique item that represented “wealth” and “pizzaz” into something commercialized. This evolution of the pink flamingo reveals the destructiveness of Americans and our culture that consumes any and everything for the sake of status. Price provides insight on how the plastic
The thought of the flamingo representing wealth is ironic, because in Florida in the 1800’s flamingos were hunted to near extinction while now they are thought to be luxurious. In places like Mexico and Egypt, they were thought to be rare and not to be harmed. The second use of irony is in the last paragraph where the plastic flamingo is said to be “better than a real one.” The most obvious piece of irony is the title, “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History” Plastic is anything from natural. So in creating the title, she set up the tone for the whole story. Price continued her ironic and mocking tone when she says that the flamingos “feed in flocks on algae and invertebrates” which does not present an image of wealth and extravagance like it is thought to
In her essay “The Plastic Pink Flamingo” Jennifer Price looks at the strange popularity of the popular lawn accessory of the 50s, the plastic flamingo. She talks about the history of flamingos, the color pink, and how the color relates to the flamingo. She criticizes Americans for their laziness and ignorance. She begins the passage by describing the importance of flamingos before the 50s. She begins with a critical tone, she uses italics in the sentence, “First, it was a flamingo.” By italicizing this she is basically saying, “Of all things, it was a flamingo.” Price goes on to say the lawn accessory has a lot in common with the city of Las Vegas, yes Vegas.
In a recent essay by Jennifer Price “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History,” her use of irony, juxtaposition, and exemplification reveals her views on American culture in saying that it is too preoccupied with image and money rather than appreciating the beauty of the culture itself. In paragraph two of her article, Price uses strong juxtaposition. She juxtaposes the desert and a lawn by saying, “... conjured from the desert in 1946… even more strikingly than on a lawn.” This gives the audience a picture of how a pink plastic flamingo stands out more in a secluded desert than on someone's front lawn. She juxtaposes the colors of the flamingos by saying, “The hues were forward-looking rather than old-fashioned…” By saying this Price is giving the reader the idea that the embellishment of the colors are a “much needed” addition because of the opaque strain the Great Depression had on the nation.
The articles in this essay will give three different insights on how American culture is perceived based on observations and first hand experiences. Jennifer Price, “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History,” used the trend of the pink flamingo to describe a time of new and vibrant change that has shaped its culture to be strong and optimistic. Richard Rodriguez, Days in Obligation, gives his first hand experience of being a part of two different cultures to give a comparison between total opposite places, who have their own traditions and customs. Scott Sanders, Stay Put: Making a Home in a Restless World, presents his belief of ideas are more important to the American people than the places which they live in. All of these writers all give substantial information of their viewpoints which combined makes up the identity of American culture.
In Robinsons letter to the president he addressed how the world just keeps saying be patient and then wouldn’t do anything, he called out the president on how he isn’t helping everyone, he is hurting everyone. (Robinson, letter) and (Wilson,web). Robinson’s impact on society portrayed his legacy as a great one and made people realize that he was a hero, but also that everyone can be a hero. Jackie Robinson truly has left an impact as the man who broke the color barrier. Withstanding all hate that was thrown at him and doing it while keeping a smile on his face and inspiring others.
It is even the start of movies and sports. The people start becoming more culturally developed like we are now. With the fight for labor movements, equality for African Americans and women the progressive era leads to a lot for the United States. The government started to shift to the side of both the people and businesses. We grew economically with the start of the war and new products being produced.
INTRODUCTION “Our children’s digital lives are turning them into much different creature from us - and not necessarily for the better” (Dalton Conley, Time Magazine). Today , technology surrounds us. It has replaced man with machines, which made the working process more easier, accessible and user friendly. It has advanced with years and changed the way we live, the way we shop, the way we communicate, the way we travel, the way we learn and many other changes in our lives that is brought by the continuous progress in the development of technology. Children are mostly surrounded by technology at home and at school so much that their life cannot function without it.
Technology has become a part of our environment in today’s society. It is present in every street, every corner and has become essential in our lives. Studies show, however, that the rise of technology has caused most children to spend more time idle on their gadgets rather than outside being active or playing sports (Hockenberry and Wilson 669). It is no secret that technology was made to make life easier for us. We have cars, planes and boats for traveling, phones and social media for communicating and stoves and ovens for cooking.
In the 21st century, technology has taken over all fields of life. A few years ago what was unfathomable for computers to perform is now being done with tremendously high levels of accuracy. Numerous tedious and time-consuming tasks that were once difficult to carry out are now completed effortlessly just by a click of a button. Technology has provided prodigious flexibility and usability to mankind. The advances in technology has changed the way of living by eliminating many time consuming and physically difficult tasksand providing the people with an efficient way of doing things.