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She continually refuses to recognize, for example, the sordidness of primitive reality: she recoils from St.
Kukunoor's way of showing sordidness of Lakshmi is through images of extreme graphic violence and cringe worthy scenes.
Never did I try to make of it something other than what it was, I did not try to adorn it, to mask it, but on the contrary, I wanted to affirm it in its exact sordidness, and the most sordid signs became for me signs of grandeur.
Instead, reviewers used words like "detestable" to describe Louis and Emily, (32) and "repulsive" to describe the novel as a whole for the sordidness of its unnecessary tragedy.
The news coverage, the live radio commentary, the Twitter conversation, the water-cooler talk, was all instead about the grandiosity of the alleged crime, the sordidness of it, the celebrity element the caught-in-the-headlights, scandalous, implausible quality of the story that nobody, not the NFL, not the victim, not a star football player, would have ever wanted.
In 1883, for example, textile designer and artist William Morris lamented England's cities as "mere masses of sordidness, filth, and squalor, embroidered with patches of pompous and vulgar hideousness, no less revolting to the eye and the mind.
Also it implicates the poet as nightingale whose song is polluted by the relentless sordidness of reality" (Krockel 122).
The sordidness of the place seems to have worked a spell on him: he is content here.
Lucy and Dan reside principally in the kitchen, and all the furnishings of this tenement "emphasize sordidness.
An overwhelming sense of the sordidness and narrowness of it all seized him; he looked in vain for his mother, kissed coldly the tall, strange girl who called him brother, spoke a short, dry word here and there; then, lingering neither for hand-shaking nor gossip, started silently up the street, raising his hat merely to the last eager old aunty, to her open-mouthed astonishment.
The gist of the matter is that it was sad that such sordidness was not acceptable for or made public by women before.
The film's squinting take on its own sordidness finds expression in a brief shot of kids playing an arcade game called "Shark Hunt" in a beachfront pavilion.