Tom Wolfes “The Me Decade”

DriveOut7 The “Me Decade” speaks about the changing of time through which indivual’s became more conscious of self. The first part of the me decade gives an example  of the motivated business women,  the peanut she feels inside herself is used as a means to show what individuals are willing to do to get attention. This example highlights the vanity which exist amongst white collar.  The pain she is feeling expresses suppressed pains over the years through which even though she hates her life of vanity she endures. The holy roll which is the second half of the me decade introduces a time in the 70’s in which religion was used as a means to push political agendas. This holy rolling was used as a means to quell the problems and stress everyone felt because of the vietnam war and other social problems of the time. “Me” him?-the new man discusses how the changing of times changed the definition of working classes as the working man became something entirely different. The working man did not look simple but instead had a flashy and eccentric looking which went against the projected ideal of the working man. The working class was was not the only change, old folks switched up just like the working man, they no longer lived at home but situated themselves in retirement homes where they separated themselves from family dependency. The individual became more important as a result of the changes in this period and one did not need to be apart of a frat to find out about themselves this became a profession and psychologist were available to fix the individual.This new brought about many reforms that replaced American norms of old such as the ability of individuals to dump their wives without public scorn.

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  1. Very thoughtful reading journal entries–all of them.


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