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The book “La Motocyclette” better known as “Girl on a Motorcycle" by André Pieyre
de Mandiargues takes place in Europe, more specifically in Haguenau, France. The
main characters are Rebecca Nul, her husband Raymond Nul and her ex-lover Daniel.

The book starts off with Rebecca Nul in bed having dream. The dream she was having
was about how there was no traffic and it would have been the perfect time for a
motorcyclist to really go mad on the road. The description of the dream is really
vivid and a really good start for the book.

The book then goes on to talk about
Rebecca getting ready for her journey, the journey where she is going to go see her
ex-lover Daniel. It talks about Rebecca putting on the all black leather suit. The
leather suit is a symbol. It represents the theme of sex, which is a big theme in
this novel. Rebecca puts on the suit over her naked body; she loves the feeling of
being naked. When her husband see’s her in the suit he looks at her with sadness and
mistrust.

Another symbol seen in the book is the motorcycle. The motorcycle is a
massive Harley Davidson which in the time of the book was the latest and fastest
model around. The motorcycle is such an important part of the book because it is
what she takes her journey on to go see her ex-lover Daniel. It’s the tool that
helps her commit adultery.

Rebecca has only been married to Raymond for only two and
half months. When Rebecca is with her husband she feels lifeless. However by running
to Daniel she feels rebellious but as it turns out she is just running away from one
form of dominance to another. She thinks leaving her husband is a form of liberation
but it really is not. She is running to Daniel who plays mind-games with her and who
dominates her which is what she wants but it is not being independent as she claims.

Rebecca leaves a good man to run into the arms of a man who is an arrogant bastard
and he always treats her like crap, and tells her that he is only using her for sex.
But she would rather have that than live a happy life with her schoolteacher
husband.

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André Pieyre de Mandiargues
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First Blood Review

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Ted Kotcheff’s rendition of the novel First Blood, written by David Morrell, is a
dark depiction of a Vietnam Veteran who has lost his identity and defaults back to
his military training throughout the movie. He keeps having flashbacks that haunt
him and control decisions he makes while evading law enforcement.

John Rambo, played by renowned actor Sylvester Stallone, starts the movie walking around a wooded area
looking for an old war buddy’s home. His depression with the war starts here as he
finds out that his friend has passed away. Later, he is waking towards Hope,
Washington and Officer Teasle spots him to try to give him a lift through town.
Rambo is very primitive and ill mannered towards Teasle but yet he still follows his
directions to get into the car. After many scenes of altercations, Teasle takes
Rambo into the police station and writes him up for a few infractions. Rambo takes
abuse from many of the officers. These officers remind him of the abuse he took as a
prisoner of war. In one scene when he is being forced to shower and shave, Rambo
loses it and breaks his way out of the jailhouse and escapes. He runs out the front
door and commandeers a motorcycle from a civilian out riding. This leads into a
chase scene between Rambo and Teasle. Teasle chases after him in a police cruiser.

The motorcycle Rambo rides is an off road style bike. Riding through town with
Teasle on Rambo’s back, Rambo decides that it would be best to make use of the off
road bike and cut through farms and woods. After Teasle tries to push his car to its
limits off roads, it slides down a slick embankment and rolls as Rambo continues
into deeper forest.

The rest of the movie is a manhunt for Rambo. Using his military
expertise, he injures and evades all of the officials after him. He takes his
revenge on the town of Hope by burning half of it and firing his gun at multiple
buildings. The movie concludes by Rambo’s old commanding officer, Colonel Samuel
Trautmen, talking Rambo out of killing Teasle and saving the town from more
destruction.

Overall, the movie is an amazing action thriller. You get a great since
of how the war affected many soldiers and how life was for “drifters” or “hippies”
back in the seventies. Seeing life out side of war from a veteran’s perspective
gives the watcher great insight on how difficult coming back can be. I would highly
recommend this movie.

Works Cited Morrell, David, and Mickael Kozoll. First Blood.
Ted Kotcheff. 1982. Orion Pictures Corporation, 1983. Lions Gate Home Entertainment,
2006. DVD.

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Kevin Berry
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Why Motorcyclists are dangerous

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Laslo Benedek’s The Wild One set the stage for rebel films and the motorcycle
culture that has been projected throughout history. It is the first movie of its
kind, based on real events, and even claims in the opening credits that “it is a
public challenge not to let it happen again.” The challenge may egg on rebels more
but also sets the stage for the heavy stigma and intolerance of biker gangs. Without
this opening statement the film is actually geared for sympathy with the individuals
in the motorcycle counter culture.

Johnny, played by Marlon Brando, leads a gang of
bikers to a motorcycle race where they bombard the scene, simply to display their
general attitude of anti-authoritarianism, crossing the track as a critical mass,
regardless of motorcycles racing, and taking over the pit lane with their bikes. One
of the gang-members snags a trophy for Johnny, and it becomes a symbol of power that
he holds with a loose yet meaningful grip.

The gang rolls on to a small town where
they find themselves to be a dominant force over a compassionate deputy. Here the
wild biker ethos takes off, drag racing for beer and doing stunts like donuts and
wheelies while the town’s people stare in awe. The owner of Bleeker’s Café and bar
gladly brings them in knowing they want to drink, but everyone else seems slightly
taken aback. The personal feel of the bar is a great place for the rebel character
to be displayed in conversation and action. When Johnny walks into the café alone
there are stools orderly lined up and he pokes each one swiveling them to chaos for
no reason. He asks for a beer on the café side needs to go to the bar to get it, and
brings it right back; a blatant breaking of norms. The boys mess with the old bar
tender for their own entertainment with young slang and gibberish.

The plot thickens
when a rival group shows up and there is a somewhat friendly brawl between the
leaders. They display aggression even toward those they are amiable with. The deputy
starts to put his foot down after this. At this point the Biker ethos is displayed
simply as, rule breakers, thieves, womanizers, and promoters of chaos and violence.
Late in the night these themes are pushed to extremes and it turns into quite an
episode.

I cannot be sure if the films purpose is to idolize and promote the biker
culture (regardless of its consequences throughout), promote harsh treatment to
bikers, or reach an understanding of both groups and live with tolerance of
lifestyles. These are questions it seems the writer wants to ask the viewer as he
sets the stage for public awareness and opinion of the motorcycle counter
culture.

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Laslo Benedek
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