In Jennifer Price’s essay “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History,” she expresses her view on the Unites States Culture to the American citizens. She describes the pink flamingo, a flashy and iconic figure, in a manner that proves ironic and critical to make her point that the culture of the United States has become attention seeking and overconfident. In Price’s first paragraph, she uses the historical background of the pink flamingo to show the transition, or evolution, of its rising popularity. “The Flamingo had made the bird synonymous with wealth and pizzazz”, is a direct insight to her point that the U.S was becoming greed stricken. Further, Price directly relates Americans and the flamingo together by using the terms “flocking” and “splashing”.
The “favored flashy colors” and “boldness” that the bird gave Americans this sense of hope and a fresh new beginning coming from since they were just coming out of the Great Depression. The author appeals to logos because of the cultural allusion that was referring to the pink flamingo and how it made everyone in America change their lives around to be with the trend. The pink flamingo signifies a brighter future for American culture. It impacted Americans as it was “ the hottest color of the decade” citizens strived to be up on the latest trends with the color. They wanted everything in their lives to be about the pink flamingo.
She flips this negative opening statement with cheerful quotes about those flashy plastic industries of the 50s. She makes Americans in the 50s look like someone trying to defend Steph Curry, goofy and silly. She continues to do so by further explaining Americans’ obsession with the color pink by giving examples of household items that come in all shades of pink, including Elvis Presley’s pink Cadillac, which isn’t really a household item, but still beloved by Americans. By using this structure, she is able to effectively expand her
Fitzgerald shows how one’s American dream of becoming the wealthy class cannot be achieved due to greed. Gatsby’s love for Daisy reveals his desire to become apart of the wealthy class. As Gatsby expresses his true feelings about Daisy to Nick Carraway, Gatsby is attracted to Daisy’s “indiscreet voice” because “her voice is full of money” (120). “Indiscreet” is when one does or speak something carelessly or unwisely. Fitzgerald’s metaphor of comparing Daisy’s voice to “money” suggest how much Daisy values her wealth and status.
Through her use of satirical devices, Aristotelian appeals, and persuasive techniques she shows how the country is constantly going through fazes. The pink flamingo’s rise to fame came courteous of the Flamingo hotel in Miami, Florida, and the casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were so successful largely due to the flamingo being the color pink, which was their “claim to boldness” (Price), and being bold is very important in extravagant cities such as Miami and Las Vegas. Throughout her essay Price is effectively able to show the influence that the color pink had on the country by using satirical devices, mainly repetition. She repeats the work several different times throughout the essay, in different contexts, mainly in the third paragraph.
Commercialism Covers Reality in California When people talk about California, their first impressions might usually be the sunshine, the Hollywood celebrities and the huge entertainment industry of Disneyland and Universal Studio. Tracing back to the rise of these big businesses, it was the prosperity of US economy in the mid to late 20th century that led to the emergence of consumerism, which characterizes the consumer-oriented society that results in people consuming what they want instead of what they need. However, beneath the charming image that the mass media creates is a series of issues that many people might have long forgotten and neglected: the plight of socially vulnerable groups. Based on such context, by portraying contrasting
Money has a powerful influence on the perception of people. Motivation can bring good things to those who have a lot of fortune. Riches is what makes the American Dream come true because it can either buy materials, love or even identity. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, makes a direct relationship between money and the pursuit of the American Dream. In the novel, money plays the role of motivation and changes in people.
Weiner stated as he traveling in Qatar that, "Maybe the secret to happiness is money. Lots of money. And if money can buy happiness, or at least rent it for a while, then surely Qatar, by some measures the wealthiest country in the world, must also be the happiest"(Page ) . Weiner discovered how wealthy Qatar is, from their Airways, to luxury hotels, designer clothing stores and expensive cars and not only material things, but they also make their school for student to get the same education and same degree as what American student gets in America. When Weiner interviewed and asked Moza if money can buy happiness, she stated that, " “No, not exactly.
Price has incorporated certain rhetorical devices, such as strong diction, anecdotes, rhetorical questions, and irony to reinforce her arguments about the United States. Jennifer Price’s use of diction reveals how the “plastic pink flamingo phenomenon” reflects the cultures of America in the 1950’s. She uses the word “bold” frequently to illustrate he pink flamingo’s “splash” into the market. She also inquired that the flamingo stands out “strikingly” in a desert “Anyone who has seen Las Vegas knows that a flamingo stands out in a desert even more strikingly than on a lawn.” Her use of such vehement words let
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Americans were focused on fake luxury goods rather than real life. In the 19th Century, Thorsteen Velben studied America 's behavior towards consumption. He too took note in America 's obsession with consumption, media, and self image. He coined the term Conspicious concumption indicating that people acquire luxury items in an attempt to
The American System was a plan brought forth by Henry Clay, about economic development. The American system was brilliant plan that allowed federal funding for internal development. This plan created a protective tariff in order to protect American businesses but in turn created a high tariff on imported goods some American industries can strive. The American System helped the textile business, while British were bringing clothes over and selling them cheaper. The American system also wanted to create high land states, so that the revenues my help economic development.
It became most relevant during the presidential election of 1888. Republicans wanted the tariff price to be raised saying that it would allow American industry to grow and promote new jobs. Democrats argued that the increase in tariff would increase the cost of goods to consumers and make it harder for farmers to sell their goods abroad. The second economic issue was about the monetary policy. During the civil war, the government issues paper money called greenbacks.