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”. Famed worldwide for being the birthplace of Elvis Presley, as you already know. Bryson is taking a tour of “The King’s” birthplace, a tidy white little house situated in the shade of the vast Elvis Presley park.
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.
Bateman is a vehicle for satire created a lack of identity and humanity. 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pursuit of happiness, individuality, and humanity have been “consumed by the ‘culture of consumption;’” hope has been replaced by desire (Alina 1).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).
And being that the farmers make up to 1/3 of the nation in the 1930’s, their decrease in export and lack of income had a big severe effect on the nation’s economy. 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.
Stephen King: father, husband, most famous horror writer of all time. 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
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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 1918 the total amount owed to the U.S. was 10 billion dollars . The United States lowered interest rate on loans .Europeans faced difficulties in repaying and the high tariffs in the U.S. prevented Europeans from earning the dollars they needed to pay off the loans
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. Then, the author explains that Mort, on the other hand, was born