Paris Vs Anti-Icon Analysis

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Audrey vs. Paris: Icon vs. Anti-icon Who is your icon? Who do you look up to? Are they your hero as well? After wondering those questions myself I found some useful definitions of the terms icon and hero to get me started. Icon is a pretty hard thing to define but the Sign of Life in the USA editors, Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon did a pretty good job. They defined icons as “figures who have been mythologized into larger-that-life symbols that capture our imagination by embodying our deepest values and desires” (Signs 722). An American icon does not even have to be American so long as they are seen as a symbol of the values that make up “The American Dream.” Idealism, humility, bravery, tenacity, charity, and a rags-to-riches history are all qualities that American society holds in high regard. The author of the article “Larger than Life,” in Signs of Life in the USA, Jenny Lyn Bader, defines icons as famous people who are sexy and never go out of style (Bader 785).…show more content…
In other words, the anti-icon is someone we can “identify with and then despise” (Signs 722). Anti-icons are as not universally liked and appreciated as icons. Anti-icons are those who we would love to be but are afraid to admit it. They usually represent the qualities that appeal to the darker side of our society’s desires. Getting money for nothing, being above the law and unchecked partying are a few. Actions and attitudes such as these are representative of what would be expected from any average person thrust into fame. These qualities are not, however what our society believes we “should” do. Icons are people that are looked up to and if they keep the same qualities they stay that way. Often, the qualities that make an icon are present from an early age. The same can often be said for

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