Easy Rider Essays

  • Hidden Messages in Easy Rider

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    What are the hidden messages in Easy Rider There are many symbols of freedom and individuality in Dennis Hoppers movie Easy Rider. The movie Easy Rider revolves around two bikers, Wyatt and Billy, making a trip from Los Angeles to New Orleans, to attend Mardi Gras. The first scene in the movie involves the two protagonists selling a large amount of cocaine to a gentleman in a Rolls Royce. After the drug deal two the bikers begin their journey to Mardi Gras, but not before Wyatt removes his watch

  • Thelma And Louise And Easy Rider Comparison

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    INTERTEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF EASY RIDER AND THELMA & LOUISE: COUNTERCULTURE IN ROAD MOVIES The road movie embodies the human desire for travel and progression. The vehicle of journey is a contemporary metaphor of personal transformation that oftentimes mirrors socio-cultural desires and fears. Thomas Schatz believes that one “cannot consider either the filmmaking process or films themselves in isolation from their economic, technological, and industrial context.” This statement is especially applicable

  • Comparing On the Road and Easy Rider

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    Parallels in On the Road and Easy Rider Released more than a decade apart, Kerouac's On the Road and Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider are replete with parallels. Both depict characters whose beliefs are not quite uniform with those of society; in both cases these characters set out in search of "kicks" but become part of something larger along the way. More importantly, these two texts each comment insightfully on the culture of their respective times. But all these similarities become superficial

  • easy rider: a pursuit of American identity

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    Easy Rider: An Epic journey into the unknown For the American dream Easy Rider is the late 1960s "road film" tale of a search for freedom (or the illusion of freedom) and an identity in America, in the midst of paranoia, bigotry and violence. The story, of filmmakers' Fonda/Hopper creation, centers around the self-styled, counter-cultured, neo-frontiersmen of the painfully fashionable late 60s. As for the meaning of Easy rider, Peter Fonda (Wyatt) said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine

  • Analysis of Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider

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    Analysis of Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider The movie “Easy Rider” revolves around two bikers making a trip from Los Angeles to New Orleans, to attend Mardi Gras. The first scene in the film involves the two main characters selling a good amount of cocaine to a man in Rolls Royce. After the drug deal the bikers begin their journey to Mardi Gras, but not before one of them removes his watch and throws it on the ground. I found this indicative of his pursuit of freedom, because time serves only to constrain

  • Easy Rider Counterculture

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    challenged society’s cultural propositions and strived to be an agent for social change. During the end of the 1960s, many films displayed reactions to these changes proposed by the counterculture. In the films, Blowup (1966), Wild in the Streets, and Easy Rider, the tensions existing between youth and adults are illustrated. The utilization of youth, character development, and forms of art show the reactions to these changes developed by the counterculture. This paper will be focusing on the tensions

  • A Combination of Generic Codes and Conventions in the Opening Sequence of Thelma and Louise

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    A Combination of Generic Codes and Conventions in the Opening Sequence of Thelma and Louise “Since the 60s, in the era of Easy Rider (1969), the road movie has increasingly portrayed those who are out of society for whom the road represents a brief reprieve from social conventions and the law.” – BFI Modern Classics. The classic road movie was about male privilege, and the right to go on a trip without worrying about the destination or family left at home. Women were not the protagonists

  • Easy Rider Comparative Essay

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    I viewed Easy Rider, a film by Dennis Hopper, and Total Recall, a film by Paul Verhoeven- and noticed that although both films appear quite different in topic, they share the same common themes of gaining freedom and being a hero, by rejecting the status quo and the general wider society as is the case in the films. I agree with Bassnet (cited in Marinetti, 2013 p.315) that by acknowledging the force of performance and engaging with notions of performativity in particular, can open new spaces for

  • Movie Genre in David Laderman´s Driving Visions

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    In David Laderman’s Driving Visions (2002), Laderman identifies three essential ingredients to the road movie genre - psychological identity crisis, socio-political critique and the revolutionary spirit of new Hollywood (“Driving Visions”, 27) where socio-political and historical critique plays a crucial role. Badlands (TM, 1973) undoubtedly fulfills these criterion set by Laderman and was particularly important to the genre, as it was part of a “boom of American auteur-driven breakouts that challenged

  • Film Analysis Of Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider

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    Introduction The myth of American(USA) superiority and exceptionalism has existed since the early foundation days. The rush towards the Pacific provided an easy way to sustain this theory, and for a long time it was assumed that westward growth was the best sign of success. In fact, some of the earliest films to hold captive the American citizens were spectacles of U.S. positivism, where good always triumphed over evil. By adapting the standard Hollywood ‘road’ movie narrative (east to west), incorporating

  • Conservative Vs. Liberal Counter-Culture In Easy Rider

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    Billy and Wyatt are heroes on a quest searching for something missing in their lives, performing a spiritual deed. In the case of Easy Rider, the “something” they are looking is not just a good time, but also freedom from a conventional life. Although they are heroes, Billy and Wyatt are not your traditional heroes. Liberal counter-culture in the United States was very prominent in the 1960s, and both main characters personify that culture. Some would argue that the hippies were the enemy back in

  • The Rough Riders

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    The Rough Riders Towards the end of the nineteenth century, William McKinley defeated Grover Cleveland for the presidency and there was a huge push for the United States of America to expand beyond its continental boarders. (Lorant, p. 281) With an enthusiasm for a new urge for international Manifest Destiny, the American people wanted to match Europe^s imperial power by making America^s weight felt around the world. (Boger p.714) The extent of expansionism was felt in the Pacific Ocean

  • Free College Admissions Essays: The Traveling In Hokkaido

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    The Traveling in Hokkaido A reason why I wanted to have this trip was to find myself. In the past, I tended to compete with others because I am a half of Japanese and Swiss. I could not accept this Identity which differs from any other boys and girls so that I tended to be against things and break things. Nevertheless, growing of my age changed me not to express myself in rebels but to train my body and soul. The only way I could admit my identity was to know who I am. Therefore, this

  • The Two Towers

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    the king through his adviser out of his lands because he had a black character. The king decided to go to Helms Clam, where his nation should be saved. Gandalf didn’t have the same opinion and ridded away. On the way there they were attacked by War riders. In the fight Aragorn fell into a river. The kings adviser arrived in Isengard and told Saruman about the plan of the king. With this information Saruman sent his troops to Helms Clam. Merry and Pippin were in the middle of a huge wood with an Ent

  • lord of the rings, fellowship of the ring

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    for the Ring for years," Gandalf tells Frodo, "and now he has sent his nine Black Riders, to the Shire to look for it." Frodo and Sam consult with their loyal friends Merry and Pippin, and when the Black Riders appear, the hobbits trick them into going into a mushroom-patch, disorienting the Black Riders just long enough to escape the Shire. But the tone of the book rapidly becomes more serious as the Black Riders pursue the hobbits through the forest. The hobbits come to the village of Bree, and

  • Cabalgata The Horsetrail

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    doesn’t have an age requirement, but most participants are between the ages of 16-60. Most of the time young children are accompanied by their father. In this event, every year the amount of people that participate changes from 120-500 riders on this event. Hores riders are mainly from Acuña and pretty much know each other. Friends sign up and get together to interact amongst others. In the Northern part of Mexico two Cabalgata’s are held each year. One is “Acuña'; and the other is “Sabinas

  • Comparing Synge’s Riders to the Sea and Beckett’s Endgame

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    Synge’s Riders to the Sea and Beckett’s Endgame 1 1 Introduction Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge (1904) and Endgame by Samuel Beckett (1958) show many similarities despite the eventful half a century that passed between their years of publication. The similar elements (the setting, the relation of the characters to the outside world, etc., related in detail in the next section) seem to create an atmosphere in both works that is fit for the creation of a new

  • Riding Blind in Taylor’s Riding a One-Eyed Horse

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    that flows throughout the poem as he/she somberly instructs a potential rider how to ride his one-eyed beast. It's questionable as to how much the horse understands this situation. The first line grips the reader as the narrator states the horse's present condition. To state that "One side of his world is always missing" allows the attentive rider or listener to enter into the personal and physical world of the horse. The rider must have been shocked to hear that the majestic beast had such a disability

  • Characters' Reactions to Death in Riders to the Sea

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    Characters' Reactions to Death in Riders to the Sea In "Riders to the Sea" several reactions to the death of Michael take place when each of the individual characters learn of the tragedy and express their grief. The first, which would most naturally occur, is for someone to become extremely pessimistic. The character Mauyra most obviously becomes pessimistic even while she is still not sure of the fate of her son. Even the idea of Bartley leaving to sell the horses makes her nervous, she’s

  • Dirt Bikes

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    people ride dirt bikes for fun. They enjoy being out doors and finding new places to ride. They can follow an old trail or blaze a new one. Riders are basically free on their dirt bikes, just be sure that you know what your doing and do not get lost. Also make sure the area you are riding permits the use of dirt bikes. Due to the stupidity of some reckless riders areas for riding are diminishing.';(Chris Lace,45) This is true places to ride are becoming less and less due to a few unmannered people