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Although I have always enjoyed writing, I felt that this semester helped me focus more on sentence varieties. Even though I was aware of the various types of art, I never paid attention to the amount of dreams portrayed in the work of art. By analyzing these dreams, I have learned to expand my vocabulary when analyzing these dreams. Also, by reading over other classmates work, I was given the opportunity to see the different styles of writing that each person has. I was surprised to see that all my hard work in high school actually paid off. After being... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Contested Eden
Kenny Chesney’s song “California” elevates the dream of escape by singing about California as a place to start over. The beginning of the song paints the picture of a barren country town that is a dead end in terms of having a successful future. This towns devastation spreads when Chesney says, “you can wish on four leaf clovers, but all the fields have been plowed over.” Not only does this remind the audience that she is in a rural town, but it also states that there is no hope left for anyone who wishes for change. The girl that Kenny... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at Contested Eden
The confrontation scene from Roman Polanski’s film “Chinatown”, glorifies the California dream of solving the perfect murder by displaying a powerful man eager to solve the mystery. Jake confronts Evelyn because he believes that she killed her husband and disguised the event to look like an accident. This scene shows Evelyn in a meek, anxious manner contrasted to Jake’s pushy, inquisitive characteristics. Even down to the very clothes Jake wears, he seems to be the ideal “Sherlock Holmes” figure, eager to solve the murder. Berg would say that camera angles connect to a source of power (75) suggesting in this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Contested Eden
The Game’s song, “Pot of Gold”, contradicts and validates the dream of being a gangster by talking about the harsh reality this dream entails yet also providing a sense of glorification. The lyrics depict the cruel characteristics of a life style that is viewed as ideal by little kids growing up during this time. “It’s a cold world, everybody need a hood,” hints to the sense of protection that people in these areas demanded. They fear that the only way to survive through these harsh times is by having a “hood” that will stand up for them should a problem... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Contested Eden
Over the years, many people have traveled to California in the hopes to achieve the freedom that California has to offer. However, this dream comes in contact with the paradox of never truly being free due to things such as war. Men and women back in the day fought to attain this freedom, yet countless Americans fight every day to maintain this source of freedom. Unfortunately, “promise and paradox are at the center of [every] California dream,” meaning that no one is ever truly satisfied (Rawls 149). If California continues to serve as a beacon of hope to those facing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Contested Eden
John Ford’s, Grapes of Wrath, glamorizes the California dream of leaving a lasting impression by describing the many ways a person can be remembered. This scene, acted out by Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, synonymously idealizes the dream of being remembered while also challenging the dream by including the harsh reality. Jane mutters “How am I going to know about you Tommy? Why, they could kill and I’d never know.” This brings to mind how easily a life can end without your loved ones knowing what happened. However, Henry goes into detail about the many different ways a soul can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Contested Eden
This mural, painted by Anthony Lister, epitomizes the Californian dream of artistic expression. In my opinion, this mural represents the threats that this dream faces due to the amount of artwork that is not properly appreciated or understood. Lister uses rainbows to symbolize the suppression of a dream, while simultaneously depicting the struggle that has gone on when discussing where to draw the line with what is appropriate in artistic expression. Lister’s work can be considered graffiti, a type of art that is not measured as fine art by most viewers. Most of these Los Angeles murals are painted over... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Contested Eden
Rihanna’s song "California King Bed" fantasizes the dream of an ideal romance while at the same time, displaying the inner challenges she experiences. Ranging from the piano’s gently played notes, to the melodic strokes as the musician's fingers strum each guitar string, Rihanna’s voice describes an ideal dream staying in bed after a night of blissful romance. Although Rihanna demonstrates the wishful longing of enjoying the day with her lover, she also sings of a certain loneliness she feels. The connotation of Rihanna's lyrics helps displays not only a physical withdraw, demonstrated by “how come when I reach out my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at Contested Eden
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Sep 22, 2011