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Image and Theme (425)

Choose an image from Crash that in your opinion distills or embodies a central theme of the novel. Give a page and paragraph number of the image. What specific theme does it represent? Explain why/ how the image does so.

FA21: 225

HUM 0225-03 Values in American Life
Jack Black, You Can’t Win
ISBN: 978-1902593029
Wm. Attaway, Blood on the Forge
ISBN: 978-1590171349
Wm. Gresham, Nightmare Alley
ISBN: 978-1590173480

Gold Country/ the Valley

Murphys claims to be the beginning point of Joaquin Murrietta’s campaign of vengeance against Anglos.

Placerville used to be known as Hangtown due to its inhabitants’ proclivity for lynching.

A coffee shop in Yuba City, California:

The eagle later died from complications due to COVID-19.

Rust Creek (2018)

A college senior on her way to a job interview over Thanksgiving break gets lost in the Kentucky hills. Losing cell phone reception, she consults a paper map by the road when a couple of menacing rednecks approach. Attacked, she fights them off with impressive and improbable skill then takes off running. A backcountry hunt begins.

This familiar yet promising setup could’ve taken us into lurid pulp territory but instead the filmmakers opt for narrative cliches and a smattering of liberal earnestness. The crooked sheriff is in cahoots with the local drug ring and he’s willing to commit murder to protect his retirement nest egg. Tucked back in a holler all alone, an uneducated yet intelligent meth cook hides our protagonist away from his violent, rapey associates. Rust Creek would have been a better film if it had gone over the top– something along the lines of Deliverance or even Two Thousand Maniacs. Deprived of exploitation flick delirium this room temperature Appalachian noir is pretty good rather than transcendent.

The Shape of History [2] (303/415)

The world of Riddley Walker is often described as being set in a post-apocalyptic Iron Age, a temporal paradox that automatically raises the issue of the relationship between Past and Future. The Iron Age is a fairly nebulous periodization that comes apart with any effort to accord it a global scope. As with so many efforts to elaborate a coherent World History, it depends on where you’re looking. Iron technologies began to proliferate in Anatolia more than a thousand years before they became widespread in the North. If Herodotus’s Histories mark the Iron Age’s end in the Near East, it doesn’t terminate in Western Europe until the Roman conquest. In Scandinavia this watershed moment arrives only with the Viking Age 800 years later.

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