Style of the West Larry McMurtry, the author of Lonesome Dove and other classic western novels, brings to his works the classic myths and traits of “the West,” this novel is made up of ”every element of standard western myth--cowboys, whores, outlaws, sheriffs”(Perrin). The style of Lonesome Dove is prolific with simple language that is capable of construing an image of the adventures the two Rangers manage to find and how they strive to survive and scratch out a living in Post-Civil War America. McMurtry’s style is used to show the worthiness of the western genre and demonstrates the qualities that have interested people for years, his use of an outside omniscient narrator, many symbols and images that relate back to characters in the book, and the subtle use of irony help to demonstrate the themes that are typical of a western, mainly good versus evil and the ever presence of death on the frontier. McMurtry’s third-person narrator is able to see into the past and often does so to show the reader each character’s past and how that history has affected them through time and the reasons each character acts the way they do. These flashbacks reveal the past of one of the few female main characters in this book, Lorena, whose past is told in the introduction of her character, “She had only been seventeen when she met Mosby, and both her parents were dead. Her pa fell out in Vicksburg, and her ma only made it to Baton Rouge, so it was Baton Rouge where she was stranded when Mosby found her” (McMurtry 37). As a young woman her family died leaving her alone, making her unable to make a life for herself with no money and no family. As a result, with no other way to support herself she was forced to resort to one of the few opportunities of employment a young woman with no husband could get, which considering the time period of the story and the location, was “sporting”, or prostitution, which is a well known western archetype of any western novel. She met another man who took her to San Antonio, but when he told her he didn’t want to marry her she found that becoming a sporting woman was “precisely the habit that Tinkersley expected her to acquire” (39). After he abandoned her in Lonesome Dove she became the sporting woman of the town and made a living off the many cowboys that lived in, or passed through, the town. Women, to the men of this time period, had the sole purpose of either being married to a man and taking care of the home or being used for sex by any man that wanted. This sentiment is aptly shown by Thomas Flanagan who says, “just about all the women were whores, never referred to in other terms. A few exceptions existed, but mostly for the purpose of being slaughtered by nonwhite malignants like Blue Duck, who tortured and killed out of pure cussedness” (Flanagan). This post-Civil War era in the western, uncivilized, area of the United States has limited women who aren’t married to one profession, being a sporting woman. This one profession is abused by men of all types and McMurtry uses this common lifestyle of “the West” in his books almost religiously, rarely introducing a character who is not married yet is also not a sporting woman. One of these sporting women is Lorena who has forced Jake Spoon, who has used her several times when he is in Lonesome Dove, to take her away from the dreary town of Lonesome Dove and take her to San Francisco. Another is Maggie, Newt’s mother, who Newt realizes “as he turned over his memories, that his mother had been a whore, like Lorena, but this realization tarnished nothing” (61). Prostitution is extremely prevalent in the west, according to McMurtry, and many of the main female characters are in fact prostitutes, although the reasons they have resorted to this lifestyle are varied one thing stays the same, they have been forced into this lifestyle through forces outside their control. Lorena only became a sporting woman because of her situation and the men around her, she was
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Music 15A Jazz, Blues and Popular Music in America
Chapter 10: Cool Jazz
1. The Style of Cool
a. A style that developed in the late 1940’s and into the 1950’s was cool jazz. Cool jazz in contrast to bebop is
generally softer in timbre, less angular in melody, less busy, avoids roughness or “brassiness,” relies more
heavily on sophisticated chord arrangements, and often uses softer toned instruments like the flugelhorn,
French horn and tuba.
b. Cool was the most significant…
African-Americanization) of West African and West European culture in North America, the formation of jazz became one of the most prominent style of music during the 1800s up until today .(Davis 45). Though the roots of jazz can be traced back to the late 1600s on the plantations in the north and south of the United States, it is clear that the true beginning of jazz evolved from the port city of New Orleans. Though traditional jazz is based on the forms produced in New Orleans, a new style that gained widespread…
West, whose new book Black Prophetic Fire is a re-examination of key black political figures through a different lens, was initially a big supporter of Barack Obama and appeared with him during his first presidential campaign. But in 2012, West says he didn’t even vote. “I couldn’t vote for a war criminal,” he said, calling Obama’s administration a “drone presidency.”
In an interview with Time for 10 Questions, which can be read here, the always outspoken West said the President lacks courage…
from mercy to enforcement of the law.
There are two prominent statues in front of the west façade: A woman on the left and a man on the right. The left statue depicts a woman with a book in her left hand – a book of law – and in her right hand is a smaller figure, Lady Justice herself. Justice is shown embracing a scale – a symbol of just law – and is blindfolded, which is a symbol of impartiality. (“West Facade Statues.”) The right statue is of the enforcer of law. A man is depicted holding a…
detailing. The Greek orders are: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. The Doric style is rather sturdy and its top meaning the capital, is plain. This style was used in mainland Greece and the colonies in southern Italy and Sicily. The Ionic style is thinner and more elegant. Its capital is decorated with a scroll-like design “the voilt” is what many would know it by. This style was found in eastern Greece and the islands. The Corinthian style is seldom used in the Greek world, but often seen on Roman temples…
Theatrical Jazz Dance Styles
Dance 495- #21594
Professor J. Hendrix
February 20, 2013
Dances of the 1920s to Late 1930s
Emily Pate holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater arts and government from New Mexico State University. She has worked as a dance and substitute teacher, administrative assistant and in film and videogame production. She has more than 16 years of theatrical experience as an actor, director and playwright.
American life from the late 1920s through…
and traditions. One of these customs and traditions is the preparation of food. There are five regions in India, North India, West India, North-East India, and South India. India is quite different from other countries because of the variety of unique cooking methods, cultural influences, and regional diversity. Each of these different regions partakes in their own styles of cooking which makes food in India more sensational and captivating.
II. India use of different cooking methods exemplify how…
Now it’s not Africa
that created music, its just the styles and sounds. music to them was a way to
communicate to the heavens and welcomes & goodbyes, also celebrations. we now use
music to express ourselves to one or another.
From the instruments the smallest hint of the african heritage is found in the West
Indies, and i personally think impacted the west indies very well. Far as i know they still
use the same instruments and styles as the africans started. enough of my opinion, it’s…
starts at the very bottom of the hill at the tram station. Visitors can ride the tram to the top plaza area where they arrive. Located surrounded trees and architecture. There are four different sections of the museum which are: North South, East, and West Pavilion, each of which has its own collection of art and sculpture from the past history.
The North Pavilion, is filled with an amazing exhibition of stained glass, done by artist called Durer. He was assisted by Holbein, his apprentice, who worked…
Moving out to the West was a great opportunity for many Americans during the nineteenth century. Several industries were just beginning to come into play allowing differing economic jobs choices for people brave enough to make the move. They were also drawn by the opportunities to receive land of their own they couldn’t get in the east area states. Unfortunately, as much as writers and people romanticized the west there were problems such as natural disasters, ethnic segregation and, ironically…