American Pie

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  • Don Mclean's Song American Pie

    From the moment Don McLean’s song “American Pie” entered the public’s collective consciousness, it became an instant classic. The complexity of the lyrics has been the subject of debate and discussion for more than four decades and remains an integral part of American history and culture. In “American Pie,” McLean’s continuous use of metaphor, change in time period after each chorus, and recurring symbol equating music to happiness create a song indicative of the societal and political conflicts of the ‘50s and ‘60s in America. Throughout the entire song, McLean uses metaphors in a way that has left listeners confused as to the true meaning of the song since it came out. Even the chorus, with its mention of “Miss American Pie,” is a metaphor (16). Long believed to be the name of the plane that crashed on February 3, 1959, killing Buddy Holly, the rumor has been confirmed as false. Miss American Pie symbolizes the ‘50s version of the American Dream, which deteriorated and disappeared into the ‘60s. McLean later describes himself, saying “I was a lonely teenage broncin’ buck / With a pink carnation and a pickup truck” (31-32). He describes himself as a wild teen stuck in the ‘50s, pining after a ‘60s girl. He is “out of luck” because she has moved on to the next decade, and what brought him…

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  • Analysis Of As American As Pie: Poverty And Welfare

    I think this is one of the most pressing aspects that people misjudge. A social class is defined as a group of people who share the same economic positions, but people make it much more complex than that. People look at the kind of job a person has or the color of their skin and place them in a class that they don’t necessarily belong to. In the reading “As American as Apple Pie: Poverty and Welfare,” it was brought to my attention that a majority of people will fall under the poverty line at…

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  • Margaret-Personal Narrative

    “I'm so sorry, Margaret,” I said, extending my arms so the pie’s warmth and smell floated below her nose. “I know it’s not enough, but I hope it’s worth something.” I imagined Margaret thinking of all the hours I spent comforting her until she was strong enough to move on with her life. She had to forgive me, I thought, because friendship couldn’t expire from actions that weren’t even mine. She only blinked, as if I hadn't said a word. I felt like a fool. I looked at my shoes— brown Birkenstocks…

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  • Descriptive Essay: Working At Mckinley High School

    I walked with stiff pie-encrusted legs. I was on my way to work from McKinley high school. The scene of the crime, where the miniature cherry pie took flight from Jessica Rabanne's lunch tray (and landed on my favorite jeans) to even further deepen my hatred for that lip-gloss-wearing beast. Now, I wouldn’t be so salty if she had apologized instead of complaining about the fact that her pie came into contact with my thigh. As tragic as it was, I didn’t have time to go home and change after…

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  • My Thanksgiving Day: My Experience Of A Thanksgiving Day

    The sweet pumpkin pie, the tart apple pie, and of course, the rich, chocolate ice-cream topped off the amazing meal. I glanced from face to face, privately thanking God for each family member. There were smiles everywhere, from my brother's mischievous grin, to my grandmother's heartwarming smile. I looked around the room at the decorations I had helped my mother put up. Pictures of pumpkins, still up from last Halloween, hung next to Christmas wreathes and holly. In the center of the…

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  • Social Norm Analysis: Among The Living By Dana Levin

    at least well enough to order pie in a way that will not have people passing judgment on their mental stability). The themes within and story behind the book from which the poem is taken, Sky Burial, offers further clues. The manic young woman may very be struggling to cope with loss. Her world has come crashing down around her and she feels between worlds. She is traumatised, possibly grieving, and her pure, concentrated emotions all run together at the surface of a…

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  • A Comparison Of Sex In American Pie And The Virgin Suicides

    Just from seeing the first ten minutes of each of the movies, American Pie and The Virgin Suicides, the audience can see how they are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum of when it comes to the topic of sex. American Pie portrays sex as the thing that everyone is doing and the parents support it to the extent of as long as they are practicing safe sex. Then we have The Virgin Suicides where sex is heavily frowned upon in the main family and the parents are so controlling of the girls’…

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  • What Makes A Good Thesis Statement

    and explain why this pastry is my favorite. While writing my body paragraphs I will go back and make sure my thesis statement is still connected with the body paragraphs I have provided. My thesis statement would be as follows: Pies are the best type of pastries because they come in all different flavors, sizes, and grandmothers are known to be chefs when it comes to making pies. In my first body paragraph I would talk about the different flavors pies come in. Pies can have very unique flavors…

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  • My Evaluation Of My Spreadsheet Model

    accessories-without knowing that I could have used a formula to calculate everything for me. I used the formula to calculate how much money I’d get if I multiplied the cost of the product by the quantity of the attendees. This is an example. It helped me to find the total income (excluding tickets). Also, using a different kind of formula I was able to transport the result from the income sheet to another sheet called “summary” and this formula changes the income automatically, every time I…

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  • Dashboard Evaluation

    This report identify a dashboard product available for sale and perform a pre-purchase evaluation on the product. If possible, download a trial version and experiment with a data set. Demonstrate how it works, how it is installed, how well it follows best practices. Performed a high level evaluation using assessment tools distribute in class. II. Product description To find a property dashboard product, I searched Business Intelligence Dashboard Software rank in Software Advice…

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