E. B. White Essay

817 Words Mar 16th, 2016 4 Pages
E. B. White makes it seem as though the entirety of New York is devoid of emotion and its inhabitants will only work for the sake of money in his Here is New York. He expresses this through the tone in which he describes New Yorkers. However, White betrays this depiction by subtly introducing a human emotion that has the potential to bud and spread through New York and make it feel more like the New York that we are used to. White shows his respect for New York by showing the ability of the city to change no matter how empty it may seem.

White starts by highlighting the greed and lack of emotion of New Yorkers saying that “doormen grow rich blowing their whistles for cabs; and some doormen [...] merely wander about the streets, opening cabs for people as they happen to find them” (White 53). His opening statement that doormen grow rich while standing next to their door has a caustic tone, but the second statement makes the whole idea even stronger. The doorman’s act of calling cabs can be seen as an act of kindness— to help without expecting to be tipped or paid. However, the idea of nomadic doormen starts to annoy readers. Doormen who stray from their doors out of greed should be stripped of their jobs and titles to be called ordinary men. They do not deserve their occupation if they do not execute their duties properly. Even though the reader may feel anger, a humanistic trait, the doormen of New York seem disconnected from the rest of the world and only care to earn more…

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