Analysis Of Beside Oneself By Judith Butler Essay

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In “Beside Oneself,” Judith Butler describes how the problem with violence is that it destroys the lives of humans, and it is sometimes not recognized because of pre-determined concepts of who is human. In “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” Gloria Anzaldua explains how Mexicans are excluded because of how they speak both English and Spanish. The media molds our lives in many ways that we as people don’t even recognize by putting emphasis on the topics they find important while ignoring other topics.
Butler says, “Whose lives count…what makes for a grievable life” (114). The media decides whose lives are grievable. For example, let’s say there is a veteran who fought for our country but ended up homeless when he dies no one is going to grieve for him. This is despite all the service he gave society at large. Now let’s think about singer while their life is not worthless in any way if a celebrity, unfortunately, dies early there will be a lot more people grieving for the celebrity. Society has decided on whose life is worth more. When you think about it a celebrity has done nothing other than providing entertainment for people, which while important does not compare to the service and courage a veteran has demonstrated. Society should not put on emphasis on anyone life being worth more than others especially not when they have had an important impact on everyone at large. Society should not be the judge whose life are grievable and whose life are written off as worthless.
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