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By Ellyn Oaksmith

Being overly sort isn't in Kylie Harrow's nature. This hasn't ever been extra obvious than while Kylie vents her frustrations to an blameless employee—and the entire scene is published on-line, tanking her occupation and incomes her the doubtful contrast of "World's Worst Boss." but if she flees domestic to the South, Kylie unearths her formative years domestic has replaced. the highschool quarterback is now the recent and good-looking sheriff. Her mom has became her domestic right into a nudist colony. And worst of all, having heard approximately her daughter's exploits, her mom won't allow her within the door until eventually Kylie completes fifty sort acts in fifty days. the duty turns out effortless sufficient at first—and can even aid fix her media image—but it fast becomes a hilarious quest that leads Kylie down a bumpy street full of new demanding situations. What all started as a gimmick to save lots of her profession evolves right into a challenge to avoid wasting a spunky previous lady and her little puppy from homelessness. As Kylie learns concerning the nature of kindness, she unearths the trail to happiness and, for the 1st time ever, perhaps even love.

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The Marx brothers are better known as creators of absurditybeating a world gone mad at its own gameand Groucho's victimization by his brothers is also frequently nonsensical. For example, in Animal Crackers (1930) Chico wants to question people in the house next door. " With Harpo, it is more a product of his bizarre otherworldly nature, from his Duck Soup tattoo that comes alive and startles Groucho (and the film audience) to the innumerable surprises he pulls from his magic pockets. Though Fields is not as readily linked to the surreal as are the Marxes, surrealism is an occasional presence in his work.

He had survived. And we inadvertently celebrate that survival as we laugh with his screen huckster. A final reason for the attractiveness of Poe when discussing the American diddler is the high-profile mysteriousness of the man himself; his own manipulative persona overshadowed even his writing. Besides his inventive claims of a noble heritage, or his patented eccentric behavior, "Poe seems willing not only to burlesque his own serious themes but to capitalize on the suspicion that he is a trickster" (Lindberg 62).

The reader places confidence in what the storyteller relates. " Such confidence-men artists also have the "nasty habit of revealing the worm in the American Eden apple; he's mostly got a worm, or a snake, eating away at his own conflicted heart" (Murphy 75). That is, it is payback time for these artists, who often feel hoodwinked themselves by some aspect of the forever-elusive American dream. And the worm eating at Poe might be called another American artistic precedent-scorn "directed against a nation which refuses to support the profession of letters because [it is] too exclusively intent upon the making of money" (Hoffman, 182).

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