Analysis on the Company Man Essay

723 Words Oct 29th, 2012 3 Pages
Rebecca Casarez
Caddell
Comp. 1301
9/23/12
The Company Man In “The Company Man” by Ellen Goodman, Phil is a fifty-one workaholic who lost everything to his job. He had lost connection to his family and had no outside or extracurricular activities. In the story, Goodman uses repetition, precise statistics, irony, and different viewpoints from his family to show and describe Phil’s life. Once you read the story, you see that the author has used some repetition throughout the story. “He worked himself to death, finally, and precisely, at 3:00 A.M. Sunday morning.”(Goodman1). This is repeated several times throughout the story, thus making it stay
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It does not give the eldest son a name or an age. It just says that he is a “hard-working executive in a manufacturing firm down South.”(9). He did not know his father because he went around the neighborhood asking people what his father was like. The second child was a twenty-four year old girl who was not close to her father as well. “Whenever she was alone with her father, in a car driving somewhere, they had nothing to say to each other.”(10). The youngest child was a twenty year old boy. “He was the one who tried to grab at is father, and tried to mean enough to him to keep the man at home.”(11). The boy tried to reach out to his father only to have little achievement. Nonetheless, he was his father’s favorite, and Phil would stay up worrying about him. There is a little bit of irony in this story. Phil is devoted to his job, and works six days a week. At first, the author makes you believe that Phil is vital to the company by saying that he is a “vice-president.” Then it goes into saying that he is one of six vice-presidents and one of three who will be considered for president if the former company presidents dies or retires. Phil has been so devoted to his work, that he has even lost his family to

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