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  • Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

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    speed.” E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime, which has been adapted into a stage production as well, stands as an example of precisely this sort of text. There is the question of the association of the cultural, historical, and fictional characteristics of Ragtime that critic Brian Roberts has called the “central metaphor” of the novel. When put together with the cohesive historical narrative within the novel, the discussion reveals the ways in which Doctorow uses Ragtime to perform a work that mirrors

  • The Ragtime And The Blues

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    Both ragtime and the blues were essential and influential in their contributions to the development of jazz. Together, they served as the primary predecessors to the later, more complicated genre. Key elements from each brand are incorporated and mixed to create jazz. Without the creative geniuses of ragtime such as Scott Jopin and James Reese Europe and Blues propagators W.C. Hady and Robert Johnson, the distinctive genre of jazz would not have emerged. Ragtime and blues are both unique in their

  • Ragtime American Dream

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    E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime is a story involving certain characters, each trying to find his or her place in America. Doctorow focus’s on many themes throughout the novel, however, one theme that he gives to the reader from the very beginning of the novel is the American dream. Many characters throughout the novel individually take diverse journeys in order to fulfill what they might describe as “The American Dream.” Throughout Ragtime several characters venture upon momentous journeys whether

  • J.P. Morgan and Ragtime Essay

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    John Pierpont Morgan: The turn of the century in American, when E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime is set, was a time marked by rapid technological developments and industrialization. These years also brought a heavy flood of immigrants as well as an increasingly urban American landscape. Technological advancements enabled increased efficiency and mass production. However, Doctorow clearly brings into question the consequences of this new technology for the average American worker. J.P. Morgan's discussion

  • The Progressive Era of American History Illustrated in the Novel, Ragtime

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    The turn of the century in America introduced new inventions, new lifestyles, and new cultures. This time was called the “progressive era”. The cities were bustling and new amazements came every day. The storyline and the characters in the novel, Ragtime, represent the changes of this time period. From Emma Goldman, to mother, to Evelyn Nesbit, all people and their lives evolved in this period. Emma Goldman, an anarchist, fought for freedom in all aspects of life. Mother became the head of the family

  • Who is Scott Joplin?

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    Joplin would teach students the piano, who would later end up being future ragtime composers, which included Scott Hayden. In 1899, Joplin married Belle the sister-in-law of Scott Hayden. Unconfirmed stories tell that he started his career in music in the 1880’s and traveled to St. Louis, which was becoming a major center of Ragtime. He would play in bars and dance halls, where new musical forms were begin to for the basis of ragtime.

  • Scott Joplin Essay

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    Scott Joplin (1868-1917) Scott Joplin, commonly known as the "King of Ragtime" music, was born on November 24, 1868, in Bowie County, Texas near Linden. Joplin came from a large musical family. His father, Giles Joplin was a musician who had fiddled dance music while serving as a slave at his master's parties. His mother, Florence Givens Joplin, born free and out of slavery, sang and played the banjo, and four of his brothers and sisters either sang or played strings. Joplin's talent

  • Ragtime Analysis

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    Alex Jackel Mrs. Mcfarland AP Language and Composition 3 October 2017 Ragtime Essay Present in the different novels of E.L. Doctorow are many themes, ranging from the impact of technology on society to the drastic effects of war. All of his books have something in common: the prevalence of the American dream. The United States of America was founded around the fact that anybody can come here and succeed with the right amount of effort. Ironically, the people that praise the United States oppress

  • Analysis Of The Entertainer By Scott Joplin

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    in the summer of December 29, 1902 was an song created for the lovers of ragtime music and dancers of the two step piece that was popular during this period. The original piece key signature is C Major but got transposed to F major for Tenor Saxophone playing. Therefore, the time signature is 4/4 with a tempo of 77 BPM with Mezzo Forte being the starting dynamic. One of the many style that you could analyze this ragtime piece is by using AA, BB, A, CC and in the second time DD. This technique

  • Ragtime

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    a very optimistic view of American history. Glossing over disgraceful events, emphasizing the brighter points in our history, our culture has attempted to ignore the obvious fact that we have had, and still have, our fair share of problems. In Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow unabashedly exposes some of the worst aspects of American life in our more recent history. Doctorow doesn’t hold back anything, providing detailed examples of human cruelty and sacrifice, and the evolution of American society