English 101 Essay 2

English 101 Essay 2 - Perhaps it is the lure of Nighthawks,...

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Perhaps it is the lure of Nighthawks, 1942 that makes it Edward Hopper’s most influential work. Unstaged, or seemingly so, Nighthawks is a late night diner scene that most of us can relate to one time or another. Seated next to a man, is a very uncomfortable looking woman, in a huge airy, brightly lit diner with a single man at the opposite end of the counter watching them converse. As a twentieth century artist, his depiction of realism for ordinary Americans allowed each person to see themselves in his paintings. The diner is typical of many in Chicago during the 1940’s. Hopper locks our gaze on the diner, by lighting the interior with an almost sterile bright light, “placing you in touch with the sterility of the air” (Strand 123); with everything except the diner surrounded by a darkened, deserted street. The diner itself has no signage on the outside and nothing on the inside to make it unique. There is a counter with coffee cups, salt & pepper and napkins with a man seated with his back to us. The man appears to be staring
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Newman during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Rockland.

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English 101 Essay 2 - Perhaps it is the lure of Nighthawks,...

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