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New York. Sarah, Liz, Rachel. Compares New York ship to Titanic “smashing into an iceberg” (p.30) “The immigrant wants to tear the clothes from his body…step into the new life naked” (p.33) It felt like a dream and it felt like freedom (p.33)

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new york

New York

Sarah, Liz, Rachel

beginning imagery

Compares New York ship to Titanic “smashing into an iceberg” (p.30)

  • “The immigrant wants to tear the clothes from his body…step into the new life naked” (p.33)
  • It felt like a dream and it felt like freedom (p.33)
  • (about the street vapor) “At first sight New York rose out of volcanic soil, and curb and asphalt and masonry were holding off a dangerous eruption” (p.34)
Beginning Imagery
beginning imagery1

“America trusted the most foreign” (p.35)

  • “The world’s luxury lay behind glittering panes of glass” luxury, jewelry, well-groomed women (p.37)
  • “This street was Vienna, it was Berlin, the corner was Warsaw or Czernowitz” confusion of describing New York (p.37)
Beginning Imagery
end imagery

“New York was a place of eternal seduction, a place of smiling offers…” (p.145)

  • “How beautiful New York was!” The variety and beauty of the citizens—black, Jewish, Chinese, Swedes, etc. (p.146)
End Imagery
end imagery1

“The skyscrapers shone above the stony forests of the suburbs like red and white stars” (p.144)

  • “The colored people, the long oppressed, had the greater confidence in their world” (p.152)
  • Jewish cemetary—”grave stones…a faithful mirror image of the beautiful and beloved”
End Imagery
slide6

He wants to like New York

  • Some disillusions, some terrible images
  • Overall, positive views of America–-diversity, beauty
+ or - ?
prominent aspects

Harlem

  • Skyscrapers
  • Luxury/Women
  • Races/racial harmony
  • Wall Street
  • Hustle/busy (City that never sleeps)
Prominent Aspects
enjoyment

Koeppen enjoys his time here

  • New York seems to be his 2nd favorite city
  • Lots of description, positive images
Enjoyment?
european overlay

A fair amount when he first arrives to New York and at the end

  • “This street was Vienna, it was Berlin, the corner was Warsaw or Czernowitz” (p.37)
  • Mentions Kafka(p.33)
  • Felt a breath of Holland and New Amsterdam
  • Cultural districts—Italy, China, Paris, Rome (p.148-151)
European Overlay
american reflection

Racial variety & harmony, mixture of cultures and different people

  • Freedom, acceptance, inviting
  • Luxury of American lifestyle
  • Hustle/busy American city
American reflection
speaks to germans

Sense of exploration/adventure

  • New beginning, fresh start
  • American Dream
Speaks to Germans