Pink has become the symbol of the 1950’s. Price uses sarcastic diction to show her irritation of the way people of America are acting towards these pink flamingos. The first is shown in her thought of why calling it a “pink flamingo” as if they can turn out a different color like blue or green. It is obvious that a flamingo is the color pink. The second to notice in the essay is Price’s aggravation of how some have used the words “plastic pink flamingo” and “natural” and how now the flamingos are perceived as a proper part of the countries culture.
This piece of literature is shown to be satirical from the title, and first few sentences. “The Plastic Flamingo: A Natural History” is the title of the excerpt and shows the sarcasm of Price. The comment on the “natural history” makes us think that the bird was originally made, although it was not, as it is referenced later in the excerpt that the bird became popular in other places around the world. Within the statement, “…It staked two major claims to boldness. First, it was a flamingo.”, the writer showcases more sarcasm and irony, and that is what the tone of the excerpt seems to be.
Price says, “But no matter.” This is to mock the arrogance of the American community. The message Price is trying to convey with this quote is that for the Americans, hunting flamingos to extinction is of little importance in comparison to the plastic flaming gaining popularity. They would do anything to fulfill their materialistic desires. Price talks about the plastic flamingo, “In the 1950s, the new interstates would draw working-class tourists down, too. Back in New Jersey, the union Products ...” for a while without talking about the actual one.
In the essay “ The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History,” the author Jennifer Price describes how fake and selfish the American culture was in the 1950’s. She’s use amazing sarcasm, crazy selfishness, and wonderful description. In the fourth paragraph, she shows off her sarcasm. She says “Why, after all, call the birds “pink flamingo” as if they could be blue or green?” It keeps the reader interested in what is going on. She could have boringly stated that it didn’t make sense for them to call the birds “pink” flamingos instead of just flamingos.
Fey makes choses to talk about the way women are treated in the entertainment industry with a joke on Betty White, which targets both sexism and ageism, which Fey repeatedly addresses, but with a softer approach through the use of humor. When Fey states “Science shows that fertility and movie offers drop off steeply for women after forty” she addresses both her ageing in the entertainment business and the concern that society places on women having a certain number of children by her age, but all centered around a funny tone in order to make her remark sound witty yet strong. The use of comedy made Fey’s argument regarding the negative portrayals of working women in the entertainment
Essay on ”Time and Distance Overcome” The deadly honest and almost cynical non-fiction essay, “Time and Distance Overcome”, by the American non-fiction writer, Eula Biss, is an eye-opener not yet seen alike. The essay deals with the American history in a way that would make any proud patriotic American look down on his feet, ashamed and regretful on behave of his forefathers. The boring and uncolored history reading is over. Biss plays with both the essay – as well as the historical genre when she writes about the painful faith of black Americans in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. The essay genre is known for its personal and reflecting touch.
By Mercutio’s same logic, lovers desire love and so dream of love, lawyers desire money and so dreams of fees and so on. In this manner, Mercutio proves that dreams are not real, but are instead mere reflections of our worldly desires. Believing that dreams are true, he insinuates, is as foolish as believing in fairies. The insignificance of dreams is another theme explored. The metaphors "…no bigger than an agate stone on the forefinger...", "her chariot is an empty hazelnut" and "Her whip of cricket bone" are all used to imply the triviality of Queen Mab.
She felt that American school would be a better fit for her. Once Elizabeth got older she was given permission to stop attending Chinese school. Elizabeth’s struggles with her own heritage and the heritage of the country she lived in tore her. She so desperately wanted to fit into the American society, as she states “I thought of myself as multicultural. I preferred tacos to egg rolls; I enjoyed Cinco de Mayo more than Chinese New Year.” (Wong ,24) She favored the crisp new smells such as “the soft French perfume that my American teacher wore” (Wong ,24) over the mothball smell that the Chinese school held.
Because their “expected” results by deceiving themselves into thinking that things will be fine, they attempted to cover up the real story as much as possible instead of calling for help. Morrison also shows the deceptive image of Nel and Sula later in the novel. Sula’s arrival made “the sky black for two hours with clouds and clouds of pigeons.” (p. 89) while describing Nel as "a bright and easy affection, a playfulness that was reflected in their lovemaking.” (p. 95) In this comparison, Morrison’s word choice and diction demonstrates the opposition between Sula and Nel by using the word black in describing Sula’s arrival and the repetition of the word “cloud” in order to show both how dark the sky was and the darkness in Sula’s heart while using words such as “bright”, “easy”, and “playfulness” in
In Jennifer Price’s essay entitled “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History,” she discusses the history of the flamingo, and its trendy color, pink. Price explains how the United States culture is selfish, and criticize Americans for their lack of acknowledgement to elegance. As Price makes her argument she appeals to many literary devices throughout her essay. Beginning with the title, and throughout the first two paragraphs Price appeal to irony. As the reader(s) examines the title, “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History,” instantly the statement is considered impossible considering the fact for something to be “natural” it can not be made or caused by humankind.