Honestly, I was not too interested in music when I made my first purchase. I only purchased a song because I just bought an Ipod touch; therefore, not utilizing its main purpose was just a waste of money. The first song I ever bought was Iron man by Ozzy Osborn. I think another reason I bought the song was because I heard it on Guitar Hero. Nevertheless, I can still to this day repeat all the lyrics and beats of the song. I think my only reason for buying that song was due to its insane guitar and bass. The guitar and bass can only be described as dominating, for often I forget about the lyrics and just listen to the instruments. Fortunately I still have this song linked to my Apple account, so I can listen to it whenever.
Was I proud of my choice? Now I am because the song is a respected “classic.” However, when I first purchased the song, I tried to hide it. This was due to my fear of negative perception from my peers. They all were into really new music, so listening to a song made in the twentieth century did not bode well with others. On the other hand, my parents approved of my choice probably since it came from a time period they were more familiar with. Overall, Iron Man is one of my favorite songs of all time and stands as my very first musical purchase.
Watch this video to completely change your perceptions of the United States.
I had always known that the distribution of wealth was fairly uneven. I probably would have guess the distribution of wealth to be around 10%, 70%, 20% (poor, middle, upper class). Of course, the video relies overwhelmingly on ethos, for it utilizes statistics and numerals to make a point. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that I was shocked to find my assumptions to be HORRIBLY incorrect. The top 10% of the nation holds 24% of the United States wealth. Furthermore, the top 1%’s wealth could not be measured in the video; the bottom percentage could also not be measured as there was no scale. But aside from serving as fuel for my rage, this information has somewhat changed my perceptions of the literary nature.
Although the novels the Grapes of Wrath and the Great Gatsby were set in the early 20th century, I believe the distribution of wealth was similar to the modern day’s standards. In the novel the Great Gatsby, only the only truly wealthy people are the Buchanans. Out of all the characters introduced and presented, Tom and Daisy are the only ones. This only supports the fact that only a few Americans are genuinely wealthy. Furthermore, Tom and Daisy are rich beyond belief. They are able to undergo any venture at any time. Once again this only supports the fact that the few hold a majority of the nation’s wealth.
As it was mentioned earlier, these ideas of fair economic distribution can also be applied to the novel, the Grapes of Wrath. The entire plot revolves around a family, who has been displaced from their land. A constant conflict within the book as well as the time was the scarce amount of wealth for migrating farmers. Clearly, the unequal distribution of wealth is not only limited to the “real” world; it is also effects the literary world.
Read this: http://allpoetry.com/The-Hollow-Men
Without a doubt, this is one of the most complex pieces of prose I have ever read. I remember first reading this poem and thinking: “What on Earth am I reading right now? Is this even English?”. Of course, I had the chance to deeply contemplate the topic and reconsider the authors intention (besides trying to confuse people). A primary component of this poem’s complexity is Elliot’s use of imagery (after reading this poem, I began to question my understanding of the word imagery). A particular piece of imagery that stood out to me was the author’s description concerning the “dead land.” Immediately, I think of a cemetery or other barren land. In my opinion, this adds a ominous feeling and acts as the base of the latter parts of the poem. Clearly, T.S Elliot’s poem, The Hollow Men, is a deeply insightful poem that seeks to make a statement on how infinitesimal a person’s death is compared to their life.
I believe that both the author, T.S. Elliot, and the writer of the Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald, shared similar beliefs about life and death. This is most accurately supported by both writers’ literary works. I believe that both believed death is a lone experience. In the Great Gatsby, the main protagonist dies and leaves his funeral arrangements to his only true friend. None of Gatsby’s (the main protagonist) “friend”s attend the funeral aside from Nick (his true friend). Through this image, Fitzgerald is trying to convey to readers that we are truly alone in death. This is similar to Elliot’s belief. The closing lines of the poem state: This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
Similar to Fitzgerald’s statement on death, Elliot tries to convey that death is truly lacklustre. Through these comparisons of both authors’ works, there are prominent correlating messages, ideas, and beliefs.