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Title: American Beauty and Country Husband

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Subject: Music and Movies
Author: Stewart R
Date: June 30, 2012
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 6 / 1768
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Even if you had never before heard "American Woman" by the Guess Who, after watching Lester Burnham, the protagonist of American Beauty, calmly, cooly, and somewhat arrogantly croon the verse while driving, you'll probably never forget those words, and it's not by accident or simply due of the talent of the Guess Who...

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It's one of the scenes in American Beauty that, through song, serves as both validation and nostalgia (for Lester) and (for the viewer) as a metaphor or even a vessel to better transmit and actualize Lester from the flat screen we watch him on. In John Cheever's short story "The Country Husband", Frances Weed, Lester's literary doppelganger, does not have the modern advantage of having songs of symbolic power as a backdrop to his own dramatic alienation...

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