"Mr. Muscle, Mr. Hollywood: Arnold Schwarzenegger" from American Dreams: Lost and Found by Studs Terkel

Prepared by Dr. Loretta Kasper

You should use the Search Resources section of this web site to find information on the following topics:

  1. Western ideals of physical attractiveness
  2. Public persona; public image
  3. Characteristics of politicians, legislators
  4. Schwarzenegger as an athlete
  5. Schwarzenegger as an action hero in the movies

Use the information you find to write a well-organized essay in which you address the following questions:

  • How has Arnold Schwarzenegger upheld images of physical attractiveness?
  • What images has he presented to young boys/men through his athletic competitions and his movies?
  • How do/can we reconcile the image of Arnold, the movie star with Arnold, the politician and governor of California?
  • What challenges do people face when they attempt to change their public personae (images)?
  • Can you name another person who has tried to change his/her public persona? Was this person successful? How? Why?

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