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  • James Agee and Walker Evans Essay

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    James Agee and Walker Evans Fortune Magazine, in July and August of 1936, sent James Agee and Walker Evans to research a story on sharecropping. In the preface of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Agee describes it as “a curious piece of work.” They were to produce “an article on cotton tenantry in the United States, in the form of a photographic and verbal record of the daily living and environment of an average white family of tenant farmers,” (IX). James Agee and Walker Evans set out to write

  • Essay on Suffering in Photographs

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    Suffering in Photographs Photographs are used to document history, however selected images are chosen to do so. Often times these images graphically show the cruelty of mankind. In her book, Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag asks, "What does it mean to protest suffering, as distinct from acknowledging it?" To acknowledge suffering is just to capture it, to point it out and show somebody else that it exists. In order to protest suffering, there has to be some sort of moral decision that

  • Let Us Now Praise Famous Men Essay

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    Let Us Now Praise Famous Men      “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” was written by James Agee and Walker Evans. The story is about three white families of tenant farmers in rural Alabama. The photographs in the beginning have no captions or quotations. They are just images of three tenant farming families, their houses, and possessions. “The photographs are not illustrative. They, and the text, are coequal, mutually independent, and fully collaborative.” (87) The story and

  • Essay on Relationships in James Agee's A Death in the Family

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    Relationships in James Agee's A Death in the Family Spending time with each other, having strong morals and giving a lot of love are a few of the things that give families hope and happiness. In the novel A Death in the Family (1938) by James Agee, a family has to use these advantages in order to make it through a very difficult time. During the middle of one night in 1915, the husband, Jay, and his wife, Mary, receive a phone call saying that Jay's father is dying. Ralph, the person who called

  • The African Queen Essays

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    THE AFRICAN QUEEN Short Summary: "The African Queen" is the tale of two companions with different personalities who develop an untrustworthy love affair as they travel together downriver in Africa around the start of World War I. They struggle against the climate, the river, the bugs, the Germans and, most of all, against each other. In the course of much misery, they develop love and respect for each other. Detailed Summary: In September 1914, the German occupying forces hold East

  • The Journey Of Two Young Inner City Boys : Arthur Agee And William Gates

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    personal gain. According to Marx, these objects are not given intrinsic worth, rather they are viewed as a means to an end in capitalism. The critically acclaimed documentary, Hoop Dreams, follows the journey of two young inner-city boys: Arthur Agee and William Gates. It depicts the pressures and challenges that come with growing up in the poor urban ghettos of America. Ultimately, this film brings to light the commodification of athletes that occurs in major high school athletics. The documentary

  • James Agee's A Death In The Family

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    rain. In A Death in the Family James Agee uses both literary devices and elements to talk about his theme about how even after all the events that transpired they have remained a unified family with a fortified front. In the beginning of his book James Agee uses indirect characterization when he introduces Jay’s brother Ralph and consequently has with that already started the foundation for his story’s main theme. After all “It was Ralph” (James Agee) who called Jay to tell him the dreadful

  • Comparison Of Cormac Mccarthon In 'KnoxvilleSummer 1915'

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    Cormac Mccarthy, who wrote Suttree in May, 1979, and James Agee, who wrote “Knoxville: Summer 1915” in 1957. Both authors relayed the tone of their passages well, a communal tone for Agee and venomous for Mccarthy, but only one expressed their tone the best. This author was Mccarthy who established his tone, venomous, through his use of diction throughout the excerpt. The tone of “Knoxville:Summer,1915” by Agee is communal. This is shown where Agee states,“...that of the father of the families, each in

  • Stereotypes In Hoop Dreams

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    There a many stereotypes that are explored in the film Hoop Dreams. Both William Gates and Arthur Agee fit into the stereotype of great basketball players who aren’t very successful academically. Over time as they advanced in High School this stereotype manifested to where they were unable to play at the professional level they all dreamed about when they were kids. As most parents would want to believe about their children, they want them to be successful academically and athletically. This stereotype

  • Comparing Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion

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    across the United States to document Americans living in poverty, and Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans were two of those photographers that were sent out. Along with their partners Paul S. Taylor and James Agee they started their projects which were approached through two different methods. Agee and Evans project Let Us Now Praise