Nominated for nine Academy Awards, it was practically booed off the stage, and only won one award, that for Best Screenplay, which Welles and Herman Mankiewicz shared (Mulvey 10). This was all due to the pressure applied by the greatest newspaper man of the time, one of the most powerful men in the nation, the man Citizen Kane portrayed as a corrupt power monger, namely William Randolph Hearst. One cannot ignore the striking similarities between Hearst and Kane. In order to make clear at the outset exactly what he intended to do, Orson Welles included a few details about the young Kane that, given even a rudimentary knowledge of Hearst's life, would have set one thinking about the life of that newspaper giant. Shortly after the film opens, a reporter is seen trying to discover the meaning of Kane's last word, "Rosebud."
Even though he did not finish school at Princeton, the University gave him profound knowledge and served as a setting in many of his novels (sc.edu, 1). In contrast of inspiration, Fitzgerald suffered from alcoholism, a mental and uncaring wife, Zelda, and an uncontrollable irresponsibility for fiscal matters. It was because of this mixture, however, that Fitzgerald wrote many novels and short stories that are now acclaimed as the pinnacle of American authorship. Some of these works include The Great Gatsby, a story written about a man who gets rich to satisfy the love of his life, This Side of Paradise, an auto-biographical novel on the life of Fitzgerald, and Tender is the Night, showing the relationship between a psychiatrist and his mental patient, most likely a reflection on Fitzgerald relationship with his wife, Zelda, after her institutionalization. After his writing career began to lose profits, he shifted his focus on Hollywood, becoming a screenwriter for a short while, earning a sizeable income from a contract with Metro... ... middle of paper ... ...y examines the theme of aspiration in an American setting, defines the classic American novel (sc.edu, 4).
Confessions of a Mask was a therapeutic effort for Mishima (Nathan 1057), but also a major artistic success in his career (1149). Confessions established Mishima as a star in Japan and revealed his individual case (Yourcenar 16). Mishima’s book caused many critics disgust by the explicit content of homosexuality (1155), still it was regarded as a work of genius (Scott-Stokes 120). His novel managed to sell twenty thousand copies in hardcover, and became a best seller in Japan, 1949 (Nathan 1155). After his success with Confessions he gave up the bureaucratic job his father insisted he pursue and began writing his novels and working part-time for pulp magazines (Yourcenar 22-23).
The terrifying resemblance that Bradbury’s vision of the twenty fourth century bears to the world today only further extends the possibility that some day our world might become no different from the world which Guy Montag lived in. Bradbury describes this world, “Every adjective that counted, every verb that moved, every metaphor that weighed more than a mosquito- out! Every simile that would have a sub-moron’s mouth twitch- gone! Any aside that explained the two- bit philosophy of a first rate writer- lost!....Every image that demanded so much as one instant’s attention- shot dead. (Afterward)”
Potter gets lost in the Works himself and feels just as trapped as the deer. He eventually frees the deer and escapes the works to return to his newspaper. Vonnegut felt trapped like Potter does, and left General Electric in 1951 to write full time. Before World War II, Vonnegut was enrolled at Cornell University studying biochemistry. He was surrounded by scientists and machines and as a result, his first literary works were based on that influence.
They end up living in a hotel in Mexico City and are completely broke, so they eventually must leave to avoid more charges. Perry is also deeply developed, as the novel goes into his family background, through old letters. His entire family is in shambles, but he was always closest to his... ... middle of paper ... ...ies explained, the execution of Dick and Perry is all that is left to occur. Capote opposes the death penalty, almost pleading that Perry is insane. As the Psychologist is unsure of whether or not Perry is insane, the court quickly shuts that escape route down.
Everyone around him is quite phony, even his own family. His brother works in Hollywood, as a screenwriter, and he used to be just a story writer. Holden turns his brother’s success into failure by concluding that D.B is the height of phoniness. D.B used to be a great writer, Holden even admits to loving his stories, but Holden believes D.B sold himself short by sacrificing his great writing for money and fame. For example, the quote “He’s got a lot of dough, now.
F. Scott Fitzgerald F. Scott Fitzgerald is in many ways one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century. In his first novel, This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald epitomized the mindset of an era with the statement that his generation had, "grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, and all faiths in man shaken…"(Fitzgerald 307). Aside from being a major literary voice of the twenties and thirties, Fitzgerald was also among "The Lost Generation’s" harshest and most insightful social critics. In his classic novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald blatantly criticized the immorality, materialism, and hedonism which characterized the lifestyles of America’s bourgeois during the nineteen-twenties. Collectively, Fitzgerald’s novels and short stories provide some of the best insight into the lifestyles of the rich during America’s most prosperous era, while simultaneously examining major literary themes such as disillusionment, coming of age, and the corruption of the American Dream.
He was a super-rich super-star and no one knew who he was. He could have had any girl he wanted, yet he chose the, mysterious girl in whom he thought sent him the letters. He fell for Andrea’s trap and was almost killed for it. Both Being There and Pinball are wonderful novels that satirize human beings. They both teach important lessons and echo in the mind far after they are put down.
Of all literary works regarding dystopian societies, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is perhaps one of the most bluntly shocking, insightful, and relatable of them. Set in a United States of the future, this novel contains a government that has banned books and a society that constantly watches television. However, Guy Montag, a fireman (one who burns books as opposed to actually putting out fires) discovers books and a spark of desire for knowledge is ignited within him. Unfortunately his boss, the belligerent Captain Beatty, catches on to his newfound thirst for literature. A man of great duplicity, Beatty sets up Montag to ultimately have his home destroyed and to be expulsed from the city.