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    Adaptation of James Cain’s Mildred Pierce In contemporary film making, “Hollywood-ization” generally refers to the re-creation of a classic work in a form more vulgar and sexually explicit than the original in an effort to boost movie attendance. After all, sex and violence sell. However, from the mid-1930’s to the 1950’s, “Hollywood-ization” referred to the opposite case where controversial books had to be purified to abide by the Production Code of 1934.[1] This occurred to many of James Cain’s

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    Finding James Cain's Life in Mildred Pierce

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    Finding James Cain's Life in Mildred Pierce An individual is greatly influenced by his/her environment, life challenges, and experiences. As a result, in addition to imagination, a novelist uses his life experiences to create his/her books. The influence of James Cain's life in his writing is obvious.  In Mildred Pierce, James Cain utilized his characters to portray the hardships suffered in the Great Depression, characteristics that impressed him about his mother, and

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    James Cain's Life and Mildred Pierce Five Works Cited            James M. Cain's biography produced different events that reappear in Mildred Pierce. The son of James and Rose Cain, James M. Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland. He was the oldest of five siblings. James mother was a opera singer and this is one of four distinct pieces of his life that reappears in Mildred Pierce. When Cain had grown up he entered the labor force, where he failed at a variety of jobs. He eventually

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    The Love Story in James Cain's Mildred Pierce In Mildred Pierce, by James Cain, the novel revolves around some very interesting and universal concepts that seem to be themes in many of his novels. “As in his previous work, the novel revolves around love, money, and sex, but though success is perverse and wish fulfillment destructive, there is no murder” (Gale Group Biography) One most interesting theme is the theme of love and lust, and what drove the characters to their actions, and what

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    The Relationship Between Mother and Daughter in James Cain’s Mildred Pierce I have always been of the belief that in order to truly love, hate must exist within the core of the relationship. Nowhere in modern fiction is this dictum examined more accurately than in the novel by James Cain, Mildred Pierce. Looking at the concept in a familial context, James Cain has created two well-developed characters, Mildred Pierce and her daughter, Veda, that not only emphasizes the nature of mother-daughter

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    Love and Hate in James Cain's Mildred Pierce

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    Love and Hate in James Cain's Mildred Pierce Some may say that the character Mildred Pierce of the novel, Mildred Pierce by James Cain, may be a good role model for an entrepreneur or a single working mother.  Some may say that she was hopelessly devoted to her ungrateful daughter, Veda.  Some may also argue that Veda was a terrible daughter who lacked compassion, sincerity, and most of all, respect.  As true as that may all be, the candlelight glowing about the flawless

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    James M. Cain's Novel Mildred Pierce: Comparing the Book and Movie Version Mildred Pierce is one of the greatest novels written by James M. Cain. After the success of the novel, the Hollywood film came out, produced by Jerry Wald. The novel and the movie are very different from each other. “James M. Cain sent several letters of complaint to producer Jerry Wald, objecting to the changes Wald wanted to make, especially the dramatic idea of making Veda a washout musically and putting her in

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    The Female Entrepreneurial Role in James M Cain's Mildred Pierce A woman's place in the post-depression era is usually one where a woman would commonly be known to have a role in the economy; only to be waiting in her kitchen to cook for the "money-making husband." It was often rare to encounter one woman who had the ability to take her inner interests and turn them into an entrepreneurial role in society. Yet, through this novel by James M. Cain, one will encounter Mildred Pierce, in which

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    James Mallahan Cain's Life James Mallahan Cain was born in Annapolis, as the son of an educator and an opera singer.  He studied at Washington College, in Chesterton, Maryland, earning his B.A. at the age of eighteen, and masters in 1917. In the same year the United States had declared war on Germany in April of 1917, and Cain registered for the draft.  After serving in World War I, Cain returned to Baltimore where he began working as a reporter.  He first worked for the Baltimore

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    the perfect word to describe the genre that was booming in American film and literature during post World War II. Noir authors developed popular formulas to address genuine social and aesthetic problems that appealed to American modernist society. James M. Cain’s short nouvelle, Double Indemnity, contains the basics formula for noir. As a written confession, the story unfolds the plunging doom of hapless sap, Walter Huff, who uses his job and knowledge of insurance to be immersed in a murderous scheme

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    From Cain and Abel to Serial Killers

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    From Cain and Abel to Serial Killers Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Mark Allen Smith, Richard Chase, Ted Bundy-the list goes on and on. These five men alone have been responsible for at least ninety deaths, and many suspect that their victims may total twice that number. They are serial killers, the most feared and hated of criminals. What deep, hidden secret makes them lust for blood? What can possibly motivate a person to kill over and over again with no guilt, no remorse, no hint of human

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    represent evil. The first monster our hero, Beowulf, faces is Grendel. Grendel is said to be a descendant of Cain. “Unhappy creature (Grendel), he lived for a time in the home of the monsters’ race, after God had condemned them as kin of Cain” (Norton, 28). Cain is the son of Eve, the woman who bore sin into the world. A connection, however vague, can be made between the maternal relations of Eve and Cain and Grendel and his mother. Grendel’s mother can be considered to personify man’s fall from grace and

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    after, is symbolic of displaced races/peoples and not simply a mindless monster. When Adam and Eve had children, they had two boys. Their names were Cain and Able. When Cain killed Able, God “banished him far from mankind” (29). From Cain came trolls, elves, monsters, and giants. Grendel is a descendant of Cain, so he shares Cain’s banishment. Cain may have been the first displaced person after Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden. Grendel shares his ancestor’s sentence. He is displaced not

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    Warfare in Beowulf

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    to be rooting for, rather than against, warfare due to the many battles that Beowulf encounters. Beowulf begins with Grendel attacking the Danes out of vengeance and hatred. Grendel is the relative of Cain which means that he is outcast to eternal darkness as punishment for the crime of Cain killing his brother Abel. Therefore, when Grendel hears laughter in the hall named Heorot, he is angry and a little envious, so he goes on a killing spree in order to put an end to the warriors’ happiness

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    God

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    it is to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Although there is only one rule set on them, both Adam and Eve both disobey it and eat of the tree. Another rule that is set by God is that nobody is to kill Cain. Cain murders his brother Abel and God puts a mark on Cain. This mark is to let people know that he is a murderer and if anyone kills him “vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” In Genesis 9:6, God says, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.” This is

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    Indemnity, is a prime example of film noir in that it accomplishes the goal of film noir to unsettle its audience through its style, setting, characters, and themes. Directed by Billy Wilder and released in 1944, Double Indemnity, was adapted from James M. Cain’s novella of the same name, a piece of American hard-boiled fiction. Fred MacMurry plays Walter Neff, an insurance salesman, and Barbara Stanwyck is Phyllis Dietrichson, the scheming wife. Edward G. Robinson is Barton Keyes, Neff’s boss, whose

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    Mccain

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    The Mc Cain Campaign John McCain’s campaign for the office of president of the United States has been carefully thought out in order to attract the largest possible amount of voters. As in all campaigns, everything that the candidate has said and done has been screened and planned so as to not offend or scare off any potential voters. Because of the campaign’s thoughtfulness and attention to detail, the Mc Cain campaign has been mostly successful up until this point. Until now John Mc Cain and his

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    proposes the idea that man has much more control over his own destiny than many chose to believe-a conclusion reached from Steinbeck's own interpretation of the story of Cain and Able wherein God neither instructs Cain to master the sin which is crouching at his door, nor predicts that Cain will master it, but rather gives Cain the ability to choose. Taking the text out of context, Steinbeck uses it to convey the message that a man's destiny is up to himself and that the ability to choose to do what

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    her life and ends up with nothing. As LaValley says, “Veda is ungrateful and vicious” (LaValley 11) Mildred’s obsession with Veda is “less like a mother [but more] like a lover who has unexpectedly discovered an act of faithlessness and avenged it.” (Cain 240) An example of this is in the passage: “At Veda’s [. . .] sticky kisses that started at her eyes and ended below her throat, Mildred relaxed [. . .]”(201), or “she [Mildred] took the lovely creature [Veda] in her arms and kissed her, hard, on the

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    Genesis Notes

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    don¡¦t accept responsibility Genesis 4"h Sons of Adam and Eve:"h Cain- farmer; rep of agrarian culture"h Abel- Shepherd; rep of nomadic culture"h Themes:"h Jealousy and murder"h Origins of violence"h Forsaking responsibility"h Mercy and capital punishment"h Gifts to God"h Cain- fat portions"h Abel- fruit of the earth"h God favors Abel"h Cain kills Abel out in the field"h God tries to get a confession by asking and not accusing"h Cain is the first murderer"h Capital punishment"h Penalty:"h Gets a mark

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