If America would stop trying to control everything for one-minute we could take a step back and regain our dignity, respect, and values that we have always strived for. The purpose of this essay is to discuss the rapid changes that America is going through. It also brings to light the complex feelings that people, especially Margaret Atwood, have towards these changes. Margaret Atwood talks about her disconnection with the American world. She remembers the joy and excitement of American pop culture in the days of “the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, the Platters, and Elvis."
He uses eye level and reaction shots to show how much people want to move to America. An example of this is the elderly couple who get letters of transit; when they tell Rick they are leaving you can see the look of joy through eye level shots. Another example is reaction shots of Victor and Ilsa when Rick helps them to escape. Curtiz shows how important it is to get to America and that it is acceptable to do bad things to get there. Curtiz, director of Casablanca, suggests that it is alright to do bad things for the right reason through reaction shots and high angle shots.
Obama was often paralleled to John F. Kennedy, because both have similar traits the public is attracted to (Dorning). Historian Robert Dallek explains, "it's the aura, it's the rhetoric, the youthfulness..." (Dorning). With the people of our country living with fear in the back of their minds, wishing for a promising future, we were sensitive. We were eager to be engaged. We were eager to be swept off our feet and revolutionized.
Nick was portraying Gatsby like Christ figure who possesses similarities and oppositions to Jesus. In Luke 2:49 it is recounted that Jesus said, "Know you not that I must be about my Father's business?" The business referred to acts as symbol of the revitalization of mankind. This also ties in with his use of descriptive diction when he refers to the American Dream as a “vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty”. The America Dream is founded on the idea that achievement and fortune are the compensation for working hard and looking always looking to better oneself.
Hitler is able to use pathos not only to show that he himself cares in a way to convince people to follow him, but he also uses pathos to allow the German people to feel a sense of pride and hope for their country. “I do not know how great the number is now, but I know one thing: what remains of the Polish Army west of that line will capitulate within a few days, they will lay down their arms or be crushed” (Hitler, Adolf). To the German people, this type of diction is seen as caring and hopeful however, the underlining message, that Hitler is saying is that he will go to war to make Germany powerful. With this use of pathos and diction, Hitler is able to play with the emotions of the people and manipulate them. Not only does Hitler know that his use of pathos is appealing to his audience, but he is also aware of how to phrase his sentence to achieve the most
Some would say that in order for a country to be truly free and independent, they need to have some kind of individualistic inkling. Others find this brash and useless. The authors that we have looked at so far have differing opinions on the subject. They range from fantasies of what they see in America to satyr aimed at poking fun at the very concept. Ben Franklin loved America in all facets.
You often hear foreigners quote that they want to come to America to live “the American Dream.” This “American Dream” refers to the opportunity to achieve upward economic mobility in America and obtain the “more” that many Americans (and foreigners) chase after. Europeans that lived in poverty in their country would risk their lives migrating to America for a better opportunity. Immigrants who do make it to America begin to live by the core American values that will push individuals towards achieving and obtaining “more”. America will not run out of “more” long as there is a chance and opportunity; one adapts the American core
The Great Gatsby In the 1920s, America had gone mad. A person can even say that America was under a spell, fantasizing over the exact same thing. Everyone was chasing a dream: the “American Dream”. The American Dream was known to originally be the discovery of happiness through freedom and self-reliance, but by the 1920s, the definition of the American Dream became corrupt by the desire for success, believing that money will bring happiness. Not once does F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the words “American Dream”, but it is inevitable that he shows the impossibility of achieving happiness through the American Dream because the American Dream is just a form of trickery to get people to crave greater things in life.
Rhetorical Analysis of “The Rise of the Rest” In “The Rise of the Rest,” Fareed Zakaria moves his thesis about how America is not declining, but instead the rest of the world is rising, through his use of tone. His piece sounds highly optimistic because of the way he describes the state of the world. This tone on such a topic regarding the state of the US vs. the world is contrary to the sentiment held by most Americans; however Zakaria’s belief that the rest of the world is quickly catching up to American standards does not translate to America declining. Through his optimistic tone, Zakaria is able to convey the unpopular belief that America no longer being on top is a good thing. “In April, a new poll revealed that 81 percent of the American people believe that the country is on the ‘wrong track.’” (Zakaria 1).
The spectacular continental expansion Westward and the advent of new technologies during the industrial revolution were rapidly allowing for new concepts and new propositions. The widespread recognition of Social Darwinism provided Americans with a sense of moral superiority – an obligation to assist backward cultures and seemingly ‘remedial’ civilisations all over the world. The Monroe Doctrine remained a bold international statement of American authority, and the new ‘Manifest Destiny’ represented action and divine guidance. America was brimming with optimism, frustration, chivalry, hope and action. Despite McKinley’s attempts at diplomacy, he was feeble opposition to the emotional magnitude of what was emerging in America.