Describing society using three films, Requiem for a dream, fight club, and American Psycho as examples.

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Dear Steve-

Hey, how are you? I'm great! I'd like to continue where you were discussing image in the letter you wrote to me. Your letter brought up important points about image I'd like to talk about that in this letter. The definition of image is a representation of a person or thing or a person strikingly like another person. There are many ideas of image in society, ideas, and concepts. An image may be a mental picture, metaphor, tangible or visible representation. You commented on American society, that Americans are more image driven than any other country. I agree with you, American society searches nonstop to improve ways to stay thin and pretty their entire life. Is image an important aspect in New Zealand society? I hardly hear about studies being done to improve intelligence, yet more about a pill that would make you perfect in society's eyes.

American society, I believe is to fault for many of the poor self-images out there that change a person's perceptions of him or herself. Like the disorders anorexia and bulimia, both mental illnesses that make the individual think that they are fat, when in reality they are nearly dying from being so skinny. Americans' perceptions of how women should look are disturbing; is it more important for a girl to be skinny or smart? I'm glad

you watched the three movies I suggested to you, these movies will help illustrate my points on image. The character Sara Goldfarb in Requiem for a dream had this image of herself, wearing the red dress, being skinny, and being on TV. She believed that she if could achieve her goal of fitting in the red dress; her friends could accept her. She believed people around the world would love her, when they...