Elvis : A Cultural Obsession Essay examples

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“Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ’em all together, I guess”
(www.elvis.com). When one thinks of Elvis Presley, one immediately visualizes a tall, handsome man swiveling his hips and crooning love melodies while curling his lip in a way that made the men want to be him and the women want to be with him. Elvis Presley was literally an overnight phenomenon. As soon as he let loose and sang his first hit
“That’s All Right”, every American listening on the radio that night wanted to hear more. Presley certainly went ‘from rags to riches’ in a matter of years. Elvis was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley on January 8, 1935 in
East Tupelo
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In reading the first biography, I have a clear picture of Elvis’ life, yet it portrays a factual and lifeless image. There seems to be so much detail that the reader is often confused as to the true character of Elvis. There is a twenty-two year difference in the two biographies, one written shortly after
Elvis’ death in 1981 and the other written in 2003. In saying this, I feel that the second biography is necessary because of the creativity and the comprehensible manner in which the author writes; and it is an excellent portrayal of a man who influenced so many in such a short time.

In Goldman’s book, written in 1981, Goldman uses complex and difficult words in trying to portray Elvis. At times, I felt that Goldman’s writing was difficult to understand because I was so wrapped up in the meanings of the words that I missed out on the essence of the idea. One example of Goldman’s complicated wording is evident when the author describes moments in Elvis’ life, “Elvis displayed an attitude compounded of magnanimity and exhibitionism at his private screenings” (Goldman 248). I felt that by using these words, Goldman might have purposely annoyed the reader, allowing more confusion and distraction from his story. Another example of Goldman’s complex language is shown when explaining one of Elvis’ interests, “They offered Elvis a marvelous opportunity to misrepresent himself as an authentic law enforcement official, an…

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