English Fame Essay

Pages: 3 (926 words) Published: June 6, 2011
Drugs, alcohol, money, family, supporters, and a heck of a ride are all positives and negatives to do with Fame. All these pros and cons are displayed within Asturias where a group of teenagers go through different stages to reach fame. These are also shown within my TOYOCS of “Billionaire” by Travie Mccoy and “Almost Famous” by Cameron Crowe. The visual representations I provided all symbolize different aspects of fame. Money

There is often an idea in many people head that “fame = money.” This can come from people purchasing your merchandise or even through companies sponsoring you. This idea of “fame = money” is supported in Asturias when we are told about Time and how “He was now much wealthier than his parents” . This tells us going through the whole process of fame really can lead to wealth. On page 71 The title is named “The Yellow-Brick Road.” A technique used here is symbolism with “the yellow-brick” giving us an suggestion of money/gold and the word “road” which can be interpreted as a journey or pathway to fame and fortune. There are similar lines/lyrics displayed in the song “Billionaire” such as “I wanna be a billionaire so freaking bad, buy all of the things I never had.” The technique presented here would be the use of rhyme to gain the listeners attention, which at the same time gives presents us with the idea that once fame is reached, it automatically means money. The film “Almost Famous” also supports this but in a somewhat negative way. “somebody who sold you to Humble Pie for $50 and a case of beer” are words used by Russell at gambling table. We are shown that money still relates but does not mean as much as before becoming famous. Drugs and Alcohol

Despite all the wonderful things we hear about fame, there are many downsides that are not shown such as the use of drugs and alcohol. This doesn’t mean that all celebrities undergo this stage, but it would be tempting with all the money. In Asturias with the line “Tim was drinking too much and...
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