Jennifer Price in the article “The Plastic Pink Flamingo” examines that the plastic pink flamingo gained a lot of popularity in the 1950’s. Price supports her examination by separating the article into two separate categories: the flamingo and the color pink. The author’s purpose is to point out to the rise in interest of the pink flamingo so that people understand how it shows that Americans do everything they can to prove their wealth. Price appeals to the readers interested in United States culture using the relationship between the pink flamingo and the United States culture. Price crafts the text in a specific way in order to show that the United States culture consists of people trying to prove their wealth.
Nowdays in an era of technological advancements, such as TV, smartphones, tablets, etc. All of this has made a huge a impact on media, and marketing, and social interactions. In movies, specifically in the genre of comedies, certain stereotypes about races and cultures are exploited for the sole purpose of laughter. There are some truths on which these movies are based on yet they are taken to the expreme and lose a lot of truth as well. For example, the blacks are the ones that can sing and dance, the white girls are the ones that are always drunk and at a party, and the hispanic girls are the ones who are the maids.
All this marching up and down and cheering and waving flags is simply sex gone sour.’” (Orwell 2.3.25). In this quote, Julia introduces the idea that the purpose of the anti-sex league is so that pent up sexual energy can be transferred into loving Big Brother. This is important because she brings a new idea to Winston and further pushes the reader to believe that Big Brother is bad. The reader can see how Julia’s ideas affect Winston when Orwell writes, “There was a direct intimate connection between chastity and political orthodoxy. For how could the fear, the hatred, and the lunatic credulity which the Party needed in its members be kept at the right pitch, except by bottling down some powerful instinct and
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 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 gives his first hand experience of being a part of two different cultures to give a comparison between totally opposite places with their own traditions and customs. Finally, Scott Sanders 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.
Color symbolism in The Great Gatsby Color is all around us. Color has the power to influence our moods negatively of positively. In many cases, color can have a deeper meaning than it originally suggests, and can symbolize a person, place, or mood. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby is a wealthy man who throws giant parties for the sole purpose of meeting the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. His love interest in her is fueled by the support of the narrator of the story, Nick Carraway.
As said by Tuggleb, the setting of “The Great Gatsby” is significant: “The historical context of Fitzgerald’s novel is therefore more than just “important” to its characters and plot; it is essential. Without the increased demand for alcohol and consequent possibility for the bootlegging business, Gatsby would have arguably never been able to obtain his wealth to throw such extravagant parties in order to gain Daisy’s attention and affection.” (College of Charleston). Another explanation for Gatsby’s popularity is the fact that he organises huge parties at his house, he has the money, the alcohol and the location. This makes him the ‘perfect’ example of the American Dream, although in the end it turns out to be not perfect at
In the essay “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History,” (1999), Jennifer Price details the natural history of American culture and its pretentious ideals, while criticizing Americans for their frivolity during the 1900’s. Price illuminates her ideas by utilizing colorful diction, irony, alliteration, and a pink flamingo as a symbol of American destructiveness and superficiality. Utilizing pop culture references, Price’s purpose is to highlight American culture for being obsessed with trends and commercializing them instead of appreciating the genuine beauty within them. Price’s ostensible audience are American people to whom she addresses in a satirical tone while poking fun of for being ignorant and materialistic. Price commences her essay with a critical tone and colorful diction to ridicule the flamboyance when pink flamingos “splashed” into the fifties market.
In the novel “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the illusion of happiness is a theme most apparent in the novel as it shows how far one will go the achieve their goals. The most evident way was through Gatsby, a rich and popular man who was known by all through the extravagant parties he threw. Throughout the novel, Gatsby was seen chasing Daisy, an elegant, materialistic, and married woman whom he had a romance with numerous years ago. Years after their fling, Gatsby was still very much in love with Daisy because she symbolized everything he had ever wanted and what he had always believed would make him happy. Gatsby believed that by alluring Daisy with money and his apparently luxurious and rich lifestyle she adored, he could have caused her to leave her husband and be with him.
These statements reflect the many values in the classic “American Dream”, which have been accredited to the success stories of many Americans, going from rags to riches, climbing to the top starting from the bottom. In “La Gringuita”, on the other hand, Julia Alvarez, when talking about her friend Dilita, also a Dominican American, played with the idea of having the best of both worlds as a multilingual - multicultural person – “we can have a good time here, and have a good time there.” She admitted to enjoy being a “hybrid” herself. Indeed, anyone who can speak multiple languages has an undeniable advantage in a melting-pot society like America. The idea of being able to dabble in everything and having doors open is tempting to many immigrants; thus, it has driven as well
Throughout the story, she is confronted by men who act like she is the “Hot Tamale” (Cofer 105) hispanic woman, which she describes as “a one-dimensional view that the media have found easy to promote” (Cofer, 105), and according to Looking in the Popular Culture Mirror’s “Sexy, Sassy, Spicy: The Portrayal of Latina Women in American Television” by April Hernandez, it has been a trope going back to the 1920s. She describes how latina women in early films were stereotyped as “sexual bombshells” and it persisted into the 21st Century media. The stereotype profoundly affected Cofer by making non-hispanic men a little too eager to talk to her: the man on the British bus sang to her without being asked. Her date to her first formal dance kisses her extremely hard and says “I thought you Latin girls were supposed to mature early.” (Cofer, 106) The stereotype did not make her think she had to act sexy, but made men come on to her in ways they “would not have been likely to regale a white woman with a dirty song in public.” (Cofer, 107) She was forced to endure public humiliations women of other ethnicities would not have endured, because the stereotype of the sexual Latina woman forced the men in her story to think she was a sexual object instead of a
The historgraphy of 1920s’s many historians either to criticize or to praise the decade. The decade itself is change in American history but tracing the shifting of cultural, political and economic changes. many historians praise the Roaring twenties, because it pulled America out of postwar catastrophe with a new cultural change thus creating new civilization. The roaring twenties was built upon technology, efficient cause of high wages, private business, birth of new women as Thomas Nixon carver defend the decade by saying it is innovation that brought in cultural revolution “Roaring Twenties”, This decade of time has brought change in lifestyle, financial, technology and culture. Political changes helped roaring twenties , Preston w. Slosson observe for the History of American Life came to new conclusion on the decade by stating "Often in history the acid test of wealth has been applied to a
Billy Wilder’s 1959 Some Like It Hot is a romantic comedy that makes a point, consistently throughout its run, to overturn established conventions of genre, playing on not only storytelling tropes but the celebrity status of its stars, Marilyn Monroe (Sugar Kane), Tony Kurtis (Joe) and Jack Lemmon (Jerry). As with any film made under the star system of Hollywood’s Golden Age, certain expectations come with a film depending on which stars are attached to it. Monroe, as Hollywood’s leading sex symbol, attaches to the film a certain expectation of a sexual undercurrent, a certain expectation that the film would cater to ‘the male gaze’, as Laura Mulvey put it. Wilder’s spin on that expectation, in objectifying the two leading men in the same