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SSAT Essay真题范文赏析二

编辑: 天下知教育小编   发布日期: 2020-05-24

范文赏析2:

One character that I would like to invite to dinner is the title character from Forrest Gump, and I would also invite his girlfriend/wife Jenny. An Alabama boy born slow-witted, Forrest manages to adapt to an unfriendly boyhood, survive the Vietnam War and thrive in the post-war era. In many people’s minds, this is an inspiring and heartwarming story, but I don’t share their enthusiasm. If I could meet Forrest and Jenny, my questions to them probably would not be so pleasant.

In my view, the novel stinks of conservatism from head to toe. Forrest comes from Alabama, a Bible-Belt “red” state, and it is repeatedly and strongly indicated in the book that Alabama is the only pure and sweet home that will always remain true to you (as sung in the song “Sweet Home Alabama”), while those tempted to explore the outside world are doomed to fail. It is usually presumed that travelling or moving to big and multicultural cities can help us broaden horizons and gain experience, yet Jenny’s lessons there “creatively” challenges such an assumption. We don’t see Jenny make any progress outside her hometown; on the contrary, she ends up living a corrupt and immoral life, corroded by substance abuse and promiscuity.

老师点评:

这位同学的亮点在于不落窠臼。这本书/这部电影一向被看作温暖励志的故事,而该同学却能深入结合其文化背景进行解读,避免俗套。巧得很,《阿甘正传》的主人公也来自阿拉巴马,它的确是美国最保守的红州之一(上文《杀死一只知更鸟》里的种族歧视已经反映了该地的社会氛围)。阿甘的青梅竹马向往大城市(加州,西海岸的进步州),本无可厚非,但原著却“巧合”地安排她的人生走上了邪路(最后染上了艾滋,英年早逝)。固步自封被等同于纯真美好,追求进步被扭曲成腐化堕落——该同学能解读出这一层含义,视角别具一格,剖析鞭辟入里,阅卷者自然不敢小觑。

 

The story slips into an even more obnoxious direction when it comes to the Vietnam War. People like Forrest who fight and kill in the war are depicted as heroes, while those who oppose the war are ridiculed as clowns. When Forrest walks out of the White House, having received the Medal of Honour, he encounters Jenny, who now joins protestants in an antiwar march. Unfortunately, we see Jenny is actually nothing more than a mistress of the hippie leader. Unsurprisingly, when she later sinks in remorse and despair, it is Forrest who comes to her rescue, telling her to “come back home to Alabama.”

老师点评:

阿甘在林肯纪念堂国家广场遇到杰妮的这一幕的确非常经典,但该同学却觉得这一幕尤为讽刺,若非经过仔细品味和深刻反思,断然做不到。的确,战争杀戮被授予至高荣耀,呼吁和平却成了放荡嬉皮?再单纯的读者,读了这一番分析,也会幡然醒悟吧。无论读者是否同意这一番解读,都不得不承认,该文作者已经明确无误地表达出了对该本书的不赞许:并不是反感这个纯真善良的主人公,而是反对任何人把他用作意识形态的宣传道具。视角独到的真诚剖析,岂不比千篇一律的溢美之词,更令读者印象深刻?

在对该书进行深刻批判后,下文对两位角色的“采访”自然就呼之欲出了:

I sincerely believe that Forrest is an earnest boy with upright character, but I highly suspect that his story is manipulated to spread out very misleading messages. So, I really want to ask him, “How do you define patriotism? Do you really think only those who support the war deserve to be called patriots? What about the victims from both sides?” I would also ask Jenny, “Later in your life, do you regret your opposition to the war? Does love for peace necessarily means moral depravity?”

老师点评:

经典电影往往都有原著。这两位同学的故事也许只基于他们看过的电影。真相只有他们自己知道。所以,“我一本书都没读过”不能成为写不了文章的理由。

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