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1 Wine and Milk Alcohol. When many people think of alcohol, they envision drinking beer, wine, and liquor in an attempt to get drunk. Drinking enough alcohol that your senses and motor skills are inhibited in such a way that easy tasks are hard to complete. In my opinion, this is the standard American view on what alcoholic beverages are supposed to accomplish when consuming them. While this might be the American view, the French view on particularly wine is almost the exact opposite. In the ‘Wine and Milk’ excerpt from his book Mythologies , Roland Barthes argues that wine is an ornament and special drink to the French that is valued throughout the country as part of everyday life. The reading starts off with telling how important wine is to the French culture, and this becomes one of the basis’s to the entire reading. Wine is felt to be particularly special to France and it is a “totem-drink, corresponding to the milk of the Dutch cow or the tea ceremonially taken by the British Royal Family” (Barthes 58). This quote leads us
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2008 for the course COMM 126 taught by Professor Loeffler,toby during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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