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The Ideal Man
A look at ideas of the ideal man in Western society.
# 134245 | 1,750 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Art (Artists) , Communication (Television) , Sociology (General)

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The paper discusses how the idea of the ideal man in Western society is couched in a gray set of assumptions regarding honour, vitality, and individuality. The paper relates that there is the Hank Hill example from the television series "King of the Hill", who exemplifies 20th century American family values and a Protestant work ethic, and he can be construed as the ideal man because he is the ideal citizen. However, the paper discusses how for those whose value citizen is less populist and bourgeois, a completely different kind of man serves as the ideal. For example, the paper points to Pablo Picasso, with his ferocious painting talent, his zeitgeist genius and self-made millions, who represents a more romantic conception of what an ideal 20th century man can be. The paper highligts how his notorious philandering and glamorous lifestyle--as well the impression he made upon Western culture--is at odds with Hank Hill's staid, stay-at-home decency.

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