Jennifer Price’s view on American Culture is that Americans are attention hogs as revealed in “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History.” This view is developed through her use of cause and effect, compare and contrast, and description.
According to Price, back as far as the 1930’s, American’s have been drawn to the extravagant, flashy and bold things that draw attention to themselves. When a hotel in Miami Beach was named Flamingo it started a trend that made pink flamingos a hot commodity for the perfect souvenir. In 1946, the flamboyant Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opened his Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. And Jennifer Price says "a flamingo stands out in a desert even more strikingly than on a lawn." In Florida where its natural habitat is, a pink flamingo is flashy and bold, but in Las Vegas it is even more extravagant and bold because it is so out of place. Therefore, when a tourist takes a flamingo home and places it on their lawn, they are making sure everyone is noticing them. She makes mention “the plastic flamingo is hotter pink than a real flamingo, and even a real flamingo is brighter than anything else around it.” With the flamingo being brighter than anything else in the general area, it will obviously attract the most attention. Being that the plastic flamingo is able to outshine a real flamingo with its “hotter pink” color it is like Price is saying a superficial persons need to grab all the attention will cause them to overshadow a plain ordinary person. Jennifer Price uses color to help portray her view of American’s needing attention when she writes “right after he signed his first recording contract, Elvis Presley bought a pink Cadillac.” When someone buys something so extravagantly bold in color, they are obviously trying to stand out in a crowd. When Price describes the color of the car in her writings, she is showing how the American Culture is focused on items that will cause people to stop and take notice of them. Of...
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