Henry Luis Mencken describes the villages that are situated along the line of the Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh yards to Greensburg, Westmoreland County.

Henry Luis Mencken describes the villages that are situated along the line of the Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh yards to Greensburg, Westmoreland County.

In his essay Henry Luis Mencken describes the villages that are situated along the line of the Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh yards to Greensburg, Westmoreland County. The region is the heart of industrial America, the center of its most lucrative and characteristic activity. The boast and the pride of the richest and grandest nation. Mencken thinks that if there were architects of any professional sense or dignity in the region, they would have perfected chalet to hug the hillsides-a chalet with a high-pitched roof to throw off the heavy winter snows, but still essentially a low and clinging building, wider than it was tall. Mencken blames the ugliness he describes on foreigners. The people who came from other countries and “other worlds”. Mencken is convinced that we find nothing familiar to Westmoreland County in Europe save perhaps in the more putrid parts of England. There is a scarily and ugly village on the Whole Continent. The peasants, however poor, somehow manage to make themselves graceful and charming habitations, even in Spain. But in the American village and small town the pull is always towards ugliness and in what Westmoreland valley that been yielded to with an eagerness bordering upon passion. It seems to him incredible that were ignorance should have achieved such masterpieces of horror. I think main and dominant impression in the second paragraph is in the stupidity of buildings along the way from Pittsburgh to Greensburg, the unbroken and agonizing ugliness. To my mind the dominant impression that Mencken focuses on in his description on the buildings. As we can see the forth paragraph deals with the aspect of color ugliness. Color plays a very important role in description. Through the color artists and writers express their feelings. As I understand Mencken says unlovely rather than ugly in order to show that Westmoreland is really ugly. The word ugly is more effective because it is stronger. The rea…


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