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Presleystroika is an essay about the effect of pop culture on the development of a person as well as the development of a generation The Elvis threesome represented the ideal world in which life was enjoyable in which women no longer had to be subject to the injustices and expectations of reality By using the troika the real Elvis and Vlado as the Leningrad and Moscow Elvis the narrator seems to be making a comment on how ones social standing and culture shape our perception of entertainment Whereas Brother Baker as an American considered Elvis a Communist the Russians saw him as a change to their communist ways She describes the real Elvis as the Lenin of Lust joining the different cultures and portraying their similar effects on the audiences Whereas in America he was responsible for making girls realize that there was more to life than Betty Crocker cake mixes and crying babies pg 209 in Leningrad and in Moscow Elvis brought to them a sense of hope for change where breadlines would not always be the reality This icon be it real or an impersonation made them realize that they could break the cycle and not lead the lives their mothers had Escape even if short lived gave them hope And once hope was part of them his fans like the narrator had the courage to change their lives and head to New Orleans at the young age of eighteen The essay assumes that the readers will know that Elvis was a white man singing the blues and that he set himself apart from societys norms just by being himself The difference between the Elvis that appeared in Biloxi and the Vegas Elvis is not explained either it is presumed that the readers are aware of his physical and behavioral changes Certainly the life of inspiring hope and lust in the hearts of young American women was not his mantra just a
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