Timed Writing: "The Plastic Pink Flaming: A Natural History

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In the excerpt from her essay, “The Pink Plastic Flamingo: A Natural History” (1999), Jennifer Price depicts the pink flamingos as a symbol of affluent American culture during 1950. Price’s comparison of pink flamingos to American culture is demonstrated through the use of dynamic diction, variety of syntax, and sardonic tone that emphasize the extravagant American society. She compares pink flamingos to American culture in order to illustrate the flamboyant and affluent society that America now experiences like the color of the flaming after the gray days of Great Depression. Price speaks in a sardonic tone to further illustrate the gap between the time of Great Depression and the wealthy American society in 1950s and the effect of the flamingo as a symbol of the “wealth and pizzazz.” Through various use of syntax, Price easily emphasizes on the ideals that she wants the readers to put their focus on. Periodic and loose sentences and appositives all emphasize the ideals that Price wants the readers to understand: Flamingos now serve as an icon, a symbol of the wealthy, affluent, and thriving American culture. Price sets the appositive away from the noun that presents with dashes to accentuate the importance and the meaning of the word that it conveys. “Las Vegas – the flamboyant oasis of instant riches” gives more emphasis on the extravagance and the richness of the atmosphere of Las Vegas through the use of appositive. Price often uses periodic sentences in order to give more explanations on what she is trying to say. They are often used when she gives the historical information of the pink flamingos: “When the pink flamingo splashed into the fifties market, it staked two major claims to boldness.” But not only does it add the explanation, but also highlights the “claim” of the pink flamingos. Often times, Jennifer Price uses diction dynamically that adds the
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