Didion's Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream Essay examples

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Didion's "Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream" In "Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream," the author Didion uses fiery imagery to parallel the San Bernardino Valley to hell. It is a place where the "hills blaze up spontaneously," and "every voice seems a scream." (p.3) Didions hellish descriptions of the geography reflect the culture of San Bernardino Valley. It is "where the hot wind blows and the old ways do not seem relevant, where the divorce rate is double the national average." (p.4) In this culture, the importance of the "old ways," such as a long-lasting marriage, are devalued. It is a society where the "dream [is] teaching the dreamers how to live," (p.17) and where reality doesnt hamper peoples obsessions and…show more content…
Edward Foley, a man only looking to benefit himself, shows no respect or regard for the Lucille Miller tragedy. Two people are killed and one person is sent to an institution for life; yet, Edward Foley tries to utilize this opportunity to make money for himself. Another example of a depreciation of societys principles is the scene for Lucille Millers murder case trial. "College girls camped at the courthouse all night, with stores of graham crackers and No-Cal." Also, "identification disks were issued to the first forty-three spectators in line." (p.20) The trial is described not as a practice of law but as a sporting event. Just as there are hot dog vendors at a sports game, there are "stores of graham crackers and No- Cal" at the trial. Also, Didions use of the word "spectators" suggests that the people inside the courtroom are looking upon the trial like a sports game. Didion later refers to the courtroom seats as the "spectators section." (p.25) A sporting event is not taken seriously. Therefore, Didions comparison of the trial to a sports game undermines the seriousness of law and order in the San Bernardino society. She implies that a self-seeking and avaricious culture results in chaos. Lucille Miller is a prime example of an individual affected by the narcissistic culture.. Lucille, "a woman motivated by love and greed" (p.22) does whatever is necessary to get what she wants. First, she has an

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