Being There

Topics: Roaring Twenties, 1920s, Jerzy Kosinski Pages: 3 (1204 words) Published: April 30, 2013
Human Communication theories

“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” Jim Morrison. Are we shaped or molded by the messages the media sends out? If so, how? Does media affect the way we look at ourselves or influence our perceptions of reality? Does media influence our behavior? Chance the main character of the novel, is an orphan who has been sheltered in the large estate of the “Old Man” since he was a child. Chance’s life at the estate was limited to his quarters and the garden with the main duty of taking care and looking after the flowers. If he didn’t do as he was told he would be sent away to a “special home for the insane” (Kosinski, 8). The maid of the house, Louise brought Chance all of his meals. Chance loves to watch television and is connected with the outside world through it. For him television is reality. After the death of Chance’s benefactor the Old Man, the lawyers who handled the estate asked Chance to leave because there was no record of him living in the house. Hence Chance for the first time is out on the street on his own. Seeing the cars, buildings with his own eyes Chance is unable to handle them and get jammed by a car which hurts his leg. The owner of the car, Elizabeth Rand takes Chance to her house where a doctor is staying with her because of her husband’s illness. Mr. Ben Rand is an important well known businessman who even give the President of the United States advice on how to improve the economy of the country. Until Chance recovered he was allowed to stay with the Rands and they called him Chauncey Gardiner. One day when Chance was having dinner with them, in a discussion he compared Mrs. Rand’s business with a garden and both wife and husband admired Chance for his statement. The only things that Chance could talk about were gardening, plants and flowers. When the President came to pay Mr. Rand a visit, Chance made a statement about the garden when the President asked him for his opinion. Chance...

Cited: Kosinski, Jerzy (1970). Being There. New York: Grove Press
The Roaring Twenties (2005). A Historical Snapshot of Life in the 1920s.Web. 24 Apr. 2012.
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