Bill Bryson Literary Commentary 13/01/2016 Liam S.Hare Introduction: Chapter seven in the book, “The Lost Continent” written by Bill Bryson, struck me as a rather disappointing chapter in the book. Because of its endless repetitiveness, i found myself just as confused and irritated as Bryson must have been writing this chapter. The Chapter in question, commences in the morning in a town named “Tupelo”.
Some of his movies have had more than thirty award nominations, just like “The Green Mile” and “The Shawshank Redemption”. King has been known to produce award winning novels and movies but not many people realize that Stephen King may be one of the best writers ever. As stated on the website the University of Maine, “A number of media outlets covered President Barack Obama awarding author Stephen King and seventeen others the National Medal of Arts at the White House on Thursday. The award is considered the government’s highest award given to artists and arts patrons” (President). The National Medal of Arts is the highest award a writer can get.
The novel is telling the reader the life of Billy Pilgrim and how he was captured by the Germans. When Billy is imprisoned by the German’s he gets flashbacks of his childhood before than. It was said that the city of Dresden was called the “Florence on the Elbe” because before World War II it was said to be one of the most beautiful urban cities in the world.(Overview: Slaughterhouse Five). After the bombings, Dresden was a doom town, it was hard to see its beautiful architecture that was said to be the prettiest in the world. Billy fought throughout the war and stayed by his country's side and this shows his strength.
The American Dream has been deteriorating since the beginning of the twentieth century. The traditional pursuit of happiness, individuality, and humanity have been “consumed by the ‘culture of consumption;’” hope has been replaced by desire (Alina 1). During the Reagan years, the American Dream only became possible for the wealthy and created a huge gap between the wealthy and the poor. This decade has been “dubbed by many, including president Clinton, as the decade of greed”(Winn, 307).
However, the president of the United States at the start of the great depression, was Herbert Hoover. Hoover took the presidential office in 1929, his believes and words to the people of the Unites State was that, the economy will recover. Though the situation of the economy was very bad and heart breaking. He believe that the economy will turn around and become good.
With many successful books, Stephen King has quickly made himself the most renowned author of the horror genre and can prove it from the countless awards he has received like the British Fantasy Award, Edgar Grand Master Award, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Fiction. Because so many of his books are successful, many of them have been adapted into mini series on television or even into movies. Most notably the screen adaptations for The Shining (1980) and It (1990 and 2017) are what most people immediately think about.
His record went to 178 stories which made him the author he ended up being. Most of these were published on magazines, which helped him to finance them. But as much as he tried any novel he wrote could match or reach the greatness of "The Great Gatsby". They are many honorable mentions ( "The Last Tycoon" or "Tender is the Night") but none of these could work it out for him, on the purpose of overcoming his big treasure of novel. Up to the date there have been many master pieces to honor his work like the movie of "The Great Gatsby" starring Leonardo Di Caprio, who made a good work playing the
Also took away from the essential market from European and Latin American countries . Many people in these countries lost their jobs , as factories were not able to sell products to the United States , farmers raised their tariffs , and excluding American manufactured , farm products from the foreign market . Wilson Believed in low tariffs , had reduced to increase them and the demand was growing for higher tariffs . The nation Europe had have accumulated huge debts during World War One and borrowed massive amount of money from the United States to buy war goods .Around
, Gladwell wrote. This shows an example of self fulfilling prophecy and how Mort got opportunities his father had but could not achieve. Gladwell then asks, “Why did Mort Janklow succeed where Maurice Janklow did not?” This is to get readers thinking so he can introduce the reason why Mort succeeded and his father did not. He speaks mainly about how Maurice was born in 1902 and by the time he was married and felt fortunate, the Great Depression crashed the American economy causing many, like Maurice to lose all hope and money they had to prosper.
The Great Depression by Robert S. McElvaine is pretty straightforward. In the beginning, the book compares the economic crisis of 2008 with the roots of the Great Depression in 1929. He believed that politicians in the twentieth century did not learn their lesson from before. The book also depicts the lives of people during The Roaring Twenties and how the downfall of the economy and overproduction lead to mass unemployment and struggling families. McElvaine’s point of view on the Great Depression was considerably biased.
The following year the WPA passed a new rule that artists are to be rotated. Over time The Federal Art Project could not handle the strain on June 30, 1943 the Federal Art Project was disbanded due to the government turned to more important matters such as WWII. Soon after in December 1943, the government auctioned off thousands of WPA-funded paintings in a warehouse in Queens. That was the end of The Federal Art Project, and the end of peace.
For instance “ Tender is the night” reflects the disillusionment caused by the Great Depression. Likewise, “The beautiful and damned”, “The Rich Boy” and “The Great Gatsby” talked about the Jazz Age or Roaring 20s. He also started to create short stories that were about young, rich, post-war generation. Without forgetting his childhood and Hollywood experiences inspire him to write “Winter Dreams” and “The last Tycoon”, that actually are the favorites of the people. Fitzgerald favorite subject of writing was the rise and fall of American idealism in the first half of the twentieth
Scott soon realized that he was an alcoholic and he had lost most of his money, so Scott signed a movie contract, however in the end Zelda and Fitzgerald payed the prices of their mistakes and Scott died in December 21, 1940 from having two heart attacks. Even if F. Scott Fitzgerald has made big mistakes he was still admired for expressing deeply into the stories and novels he wrote, although he wrote about life lessons he didn’t follow them making people wonder. People are fascinated by his marvelous literary language after World War II especially when his last book went unfinished of his death. For Fitzgerald’s literary language, it was just as great as Shakespeare, many people theorize so much over F. Scott Fitzgerald and his bestselling
At the end of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, the boy’s father dies and almost immediately thereafter he is found by a new group of well-equipped survivors who even have children and a dog. On the surface, this appears to be a very superficial way to end the novel. The boy and the man live in a dismally bleak world, encountering such horrors as cannibals and rapists at every turn in their journey to the coast. There is very little gratification in the story, if any. Any good fortune they stumble across they are forced to leave behind.