“The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History”
In the essay “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History”, Jennifer Price attempts to describe the growing popularity of the pink flamingo but as she does, she is also emphasizing her views of the United States’ culture by contrasting the difference of it through time, she complements it using allusions and even goes as far as using an ironic tone when describing the peoples’ infatuation for this bird.
By mentioning the hues that Tom Wolfe called “the new electrochemical pastels…methyl green.” Jennifer Price explains to us how the new bright hues of pink were now in the market instead of those “old-fashioned” ones. Now the colors were “just right for the generation raised in the Depression that was ready to celebrate its new affluence”. Through this Jennifer is stating that a new era is taking place. Now the future seems brighter for the United States and it is being expressed greatly through the abundance of this new plastic pink flamingo that seems to make Americans feel livelier.
It is through the use of Allusions that Price shows us how the pink flamingo has become a great symbol for the United States culture. First she tells us how in the 1930’s vacationing Americans themselves were going to Florida and returning home with a pink flamingo as a souvenir. She also mentions how in the 1910s and 1920s the first grand hotel in Miami Beach named The Flamingo gave more fame to the bird due to its great wealth. This caused an outbreak in architects persuading them into making more flamingo designs. This bird in fact became a great influence in the economy of the United States from the 1910s to the 1950s and on from appearing in movies, motels, restaurants, etc.
Although it seems as thought the plastic pink flamingo is greatly loved by the American culture Jennifer Price uses an almost ironic tone when she talks about how Americans are so obsessed with it. Price poses Americans as almost shallow because...