Moloch

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  • A Poem That Will Make Minds Go Crazy Analysis

    states “yacketayakking screaming vomiting whispering facts and memories and anecdotes and eyeball kicks and shocks of hospitals and jails and wars” (Ginsberg line 18). The readers knows that the word yacketayakking means talking and it talks about the memories he had is painful experiences. Even though the reader knows what line 10 is talking about, he/she would still have to see if their own translation is correct. Having no choice but to go to the internet, the reader would have to go to a website called shmoop, to translate every single line in the book. In part two, every line starts with “Moloch”. The reader does not know who Moloch is but part two is more understandable because he’s naming exactly what the problem is. His love life is one of his problems, “Moloch in whom I sit lonely! Moloch in whom I dream Angels! Crazy in Moloch! Cocksucker in Moloch! Lacklove and manless in Moloch!” (Ginsberg 86) The reader must be thinking that he’s horny since there’s the work “cocksucker” but in shmoop it says that he’s lacking love and is lonely. This kind of shows Ginsberg’s sensitive side he might not be a creepy druggy after all. In the movie, it mentions how his mother dies while part 2 was being read and reader feels sympathy for Ginsberg when he mentions that his mother died and it made him go crazy. In line 79 it has the word “sphinx”, it sounds like a fox but it’s really a mythical creature with the head of a human body but a body of a lion. This line says that the sphinx…

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  • Against The Norm In Howl By Allen Ginsberg

    He becomes furious with America for destroying uniqueness by creating “mind[s] of pure machinery” (line 83). American culture and society brainwashes people’s standards of rights and wrongs. Convincing them to believe that if you are gay, you are mentally ill. Part two uses the term “Moloch” multiple times as a symbol for American society. Ginsberg exclaims relentlessly that “Moloch” is the cause of destruction, and that Moloch destroys “visions! omens! hallucinations! miracles! ecstasies!. . .…

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  • Analysis Of Gary Wills '' Our Moloch'

    Gary Wills’ “Our Moloch” is a contentious and aggressive article that provides an interesting and unique opinion on the issue of guns in America. It is proposed that the gun itself functions like a god within American culture, and is unquestionable. According to the article, the great god Gun is worshipped like the God of Law/Order, Patriotism, or one of Free Market in today’s society. The most significant point of this essay is Wills’ exaggerated difference between America’s love towards guns…

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  • Howl By Allen Ginsberg Analysis

    writing about. “Moloch” in this part is introduced to readers as a metaphor towards the American Government and institution. Ginsberg “blames the problem on Moloch, a false god or idol to whom ancient Middle Eastern cultures sacrificed children by throwing them in a fire” (Shmoop Editorial Team) as a key reason why all of these incidents are going on with himself and his friends. The way Ginsberg writes part II of Howl he repeats himself using Moloch as a person who is out to be the bad guy.…

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  • Howl By Ginsberg Analysis

    Howling at Moloch Examining a poem and a film in detail to find how they each work as individual pieces and how they function together helps to better understand them. The 1968 poem, Howl by Allen Ginsberg, was the basis for the 2010 film by the same name, which was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. One of the main themes throughout both the poem and the film was Moloch. The author introduces Moloch in his poem as a metaphor for all the terrible things that separate humanity from…

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  • Life And Death Ginsberg Howl Analysis

    (78). He expresses how his poem is butchered from him, meaning that he puts his all into his poems and by saying “good to eat a thousand years,” he means that his poems will still be “good” and will still be read even after a thousand years. The tone that he ends Part I with is still relaxed and honest with a hint of passion for his poems. Discussing about jazz, drugs and poems gives his audience an idea of how he overlooks life, which connects to the theme of life and death. In Part II,…

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  • Obscene America Ginsberg Howl Analysis

    succumb to an average, cookie-cutter American lifestyle. Not only, but this cookie-cutter American lifestyle is precisely what Ginsberg and the entire Beat Movement is revolting against. To add, as Howl proceeds, it continues addressing the issues surrounding capitalism, as well as comparing and contrasting it to homosexuality, drugs, and other acts considered to be foul. Ginsberg again rages against the corruption of America, opposing materialistic values, conformity, oppression, and…

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  • Allen Ginsberg Howl Analysis

    privileged in society and at the same time give hope to those of the beat culture and the oppressed hope. This is seen as Ginsberg calls his oppressors “Moloch” and he condemns their actions, “Moloch whose love is endless oil and stone! Moloch whose soul is electricity and banks! Moloch whose poverty is the specter of genius! Moloch whose fate is a cloud of sexless hydrogen! Moloch whose name is the Mind!” Moloch is the mind of the best of Ginsberg’s generation as mentioned earlier destroyed by…

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  • Madness In Allen Ginsberg's HOWL

    policecars for committing no crime but their own wild cooking pederasty and intoxication,” pederasty is sexual relations involving boy with boy in which society looked down upon, so that refers to the “crime” used in the line and “who bit detectives” would be translated as standing up to people who look down at them and to show no fear, just delight. Moloch is a god or goddess of the ancient Middle East, who had used child sacrifices. So the poem then transitions to an angry and energetic…

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  • Evil In Milton's Paradise Lost

    In Milton’s second book, while describing some of the deadly sins he says, “Moloch…the strongest and the fiercest Spirit/That fought in Heav’n; now fiercer by despair” (I. 45-46). Moloch, meaning wrath, is portrayed as the fighter spirit. Moloch’s motivation is to fight Michael, the warrior of God’s army of angels. Moloch’s determination is driven by a deep wrath that he possesses. As “fiercer by despair,” Moloch’s character operates through emotional forces and pulls (I. 46). While evil might…

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