Little Orphan Annie Analysis

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For many years, Little Orphan Annie has been a source of entertainment for Americans, both during the Great Depression and after. The Great Depression was a hard time for everybody and caused a national crisis due to the stock market crash within the United States. During the Great depression, more often than not, families would have to be separated in order to find work. During this time of struggle, the protagonist on the radio show Little Orphan Annie, Annie, became a figure of courage and optimism. Little Orphan Annie provided listeners with entertaining distraction from their time of hardships during the Great Depression and gave them a symbol of hope in the midst of national adversity. During the time frame of the Great Depression, many …show more content…
The radio show’s theme song was called Little Orphan Annie after the title of the radio show. This song described Annie as a young and cheerful little orphan. This provided hope for little kids and adults listening in, for they believed they could get through the rough times if Annie could (ASK MRS K HOW TO CITE PDF). One adaption from the radio show was a Broadway play named Annie. The songs from the Broadway play, although not the same from the radio show, provided the same sentiments as the songs from the radio show. Annie’s song Tomorrow is a hopeful song reminiscing on the fact that there will always be tomorrow for good things to happen in life. “The sun’ll come out tomorrow, so ya gotta hang on ‘til tomorrow” was a line from the lyrics that sparked national hopefulness (CITE SONG). People began to realize that every day will have its ups and downs, but there will always be tomorrow to look forward to. Another song from Annie was It’s a Hard Knock Life. This song made people understand that everybody had hard lives, not just one particular class. These songs sparked national hopefulness in the time of national

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