Tuesday, October 26, 2010

De Crevecoeur Today!

Ricky Gervais is one of the worlds most famous comedians. However before he made it in America he was known as 'that guy who plays David Brent in The Office and does that dance.'

So why not just stay in England?

Because now we know him as an actor, writer, producer, comedian, host and author.
America accepted the 'David Brent' character and created their own version of The Office, therefore making Ricky Gervais a household name.
He has won countless awards including 4 Emmys and 7 BAFTA's to name a few. He became the first person to host the Golden Globes (award show in America), and he currently has an animation series of his podcast with Karl Pilkington and Stephan Merchant.

According to De Crevecoeur in the 18th Century the only chance of 'making it' in England is if you have good family connections, have a title or go to the right school.
"It is not composed as in Europe,of great Lords who possess everything and of a herd of people who have nothing. Here there are no aristocratical families, no courts, no kings, no bishops..." (pg40)

De Crevecoeur believed that America held a dream that England didn't. America gave you freedom and self sufficiency whereas in England you are put into a class and can work hard for no reward. "...they receive ample rewards for their labours." (pg43)

Many people still believe this theory today. There is a better life for them in America then in England.
Ricky Gervais is one of many English people who are more recognised after going to America e.g. Hugh Laurie, Helen Mirren, and Richard Branson. And not just the English but others from all over the world, Nicole Kidman, Enrique Iglesias and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"He is an American, who, leaving behind all his antiend prejudices and manners, recieves new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the new goverment he obeys and the new rank he holds. He becomes an American by being recieved in the broad lap of our great alma mater. Here indivduals of all nations are into a new race of men, whose labors and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world." (pg44)

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