Oh Ken Kesey, You’re Cuckoo. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, with its meaningful message of individualism, was an extremely influential novel during the 1960's. In addition, its author, Ken Kesey, played a significant role in the development of the counterculture of the 60's; this included all individuals who did not conform to society's standards, experimented in drugs, and just lived their lives in an unconventional manner. An issue of Time Magazine during this decade recalled Ken Kesey’s novel to be, “A roar of protest against middle brow society’s rules and the invisible rulers who enforce them.” (Lehmann-Haup) This protest would be the main mind set of the upcoming 1970s generation in America. Once an LSD consumer, Ken Kesey, defines the importance of freedom throughout his world renowned Post-Modern novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Modern “America” The poem “America,” by Tony Hoagland, desc2ribes the narrator’s journey as he goes through a mental and implied makeover. One of the defining elements of Tony Hoagland’s “America” are the comparisons. Metaphor is perhaps the most important poetic device within Hoagland’s poem. The poem starts off with a student comparing America to a maximum-security prison, because the young student mourns the modern American consumer-based value system. In “America,” Hoagland uses metaphors to illustrate the growing influence of consumerism, capitalism, and most of all the greed that rules the modern American society.
Trolley service was completely cut by a sympathy strike a short time after the negotiations began. The power strike also caused other strikes to follow; like when the city’s eight major hotels to close when hotel restaurant employees walked off their jobs to enforce wage demands. The Pittsburgh power strike of 1946 was a just one of the many strike during 1946. The United States was at a time where it was just coming out of the war, and workers went one strike because they knew they could get more money out of their employers. Work Cited
Ellie Wiesel experiences what many people cannot even imagine is possible, at a very young age. In the death camps, the Jews are treated with a terrible lack of respect, as if they weren’t humans anymore. They worked their prisoners to death, and did many difference experiments on them to test the limits of the human body. To the leaders of the death camps, a human life mattered to them no more as a small animals life. In the death camps, the officers change the prisoners names to numbers, taking away the last thing that the prisoners could still use to remember the past, for they stripped them of every possible memory of earlier happiness.
Which reflects the all-pervading and negative influence of consumerism in satirical comment on his nuclear family; in the last stanza the mortician adding a healthy tan he’d never had before the nice ride out of the underground metropolis adding a sardonic tone which gives an adding depth of meaning. This had
Journal 03: America Tony Hoagland’s poem “America” uses specific nouns and metaphors to tell readers that America is too obsessed with material objects and self-satisfaction. Hoagland uses these nouns and metaphors to hide truth from the naked eye, specific diction is also used in combination with these metaphors to expose corruption in American society. In the opening lines, Hoagland writes, “Then one of the students with blue hair and a tongue stud / Says that America is for him a maximum-security prison / Whose walls are made of Radio Shacks, Burger Kings, and MTV episodes.” Hoagland almost lists the details of American trends by mentioning hair color and piercings, and by describing businesses like Radio Shack which sell 70-inch flat screen televisions, which are completely unnecessary, and fast food restaurants like McDonald’s that give super-sized food portions. These allow readers to immediately see the ridiculous
The writer of this article talks about how the basement isn’t just a hiding place for a Jew or a refuge to learn but it is a place to rebel against authority when Max transforms it into a setting for creative/political activity by painting over Hitler’s Mein Kampf erasing Hitler’s authority and becoming his own authority. Maslin, Janet. “Stealing to Settle a Score with Life.” New York Times, Published by Janet Maslin, Monday 27 March 2006. Wednesday 30 April 2014. This article is a review on the book itself; however the article also talks about important points involving the main character Liesel Meminger “the book thief” and how they dealt with life during the war.
Hunter Benson Essay Benjamin Franklin is considered a uniquely American writer in terms of both style and content by using satirical phrases addressing the social issues of his time. His concepts and lessons were written with both humor and plain language, so that even the most “common man” could understand. Franklin had the ability to provide the reader with an important lesson while using ridicule to expose truth. These forms of writing can be seen in three of his most known literary works; The Way to Wealth, A Witch Trial at Mount Holly, and The Speech of Polly Baker. In 1758, Ben Franklin summarized his own work, Poor Richard’s Almanac, in The Way to Wealth.
Big Brother controlled the town of Oceania by manipulating them through their surroundings. Everywhere the people went, they were being watched through “telescreens” that were constantly on and could “never be turned off completely”. This limited the control that people had over themselves so much so that even if they thought wrong against Big Brother, they were punished. This was classified as “thought crime” and the “thought police” were constantly looking for suspects. Being arrested for thought crime was greatly feared as people who were punished never returned, and their “existence was wiped” completely.
Literature and the Human Experience In the history of humankind, books have been an essential tool to carry knowledge across time and space to different parts of the world. Sometimes the spread of knowledge has been sentenced as a dangerous act by oppressive governments as it happens in the case of the novel “Fahrenheit 451”. The title itself comes from the scientific reference that paper ignites at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. Written by Ray Bradbury in the 1950’s, the story is set in a future American world where the main role of a fireman is to destroy books by burning them for the protection of society. This is a futuristic vision made up of a conformist country set in an artificial world where human feelings are numbed by the media.