Emotional Analysis Of E. B. White's Here Is New York

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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.
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He proceeds to remark on the lack of humanity in office workers and businesses in general. White describes an office as “batteries and batteries” (White 42), as if there were endless lines of identical drab cubicles. He elaborates that the office workers are puppets who work in pantomime "fumbling with their sheets of paper" (White 43) noiselessly. By emphasizing sameness, he points to the age-old stereotype that office workers are all stoic men of the same height dressed in grey shirts under the reprimanding gaze of supervisors. These New Yorkers are portrayed much like minions of a hive, conforming to the machine because they are too afraid to act differently. These office people contrast from the doormen in that they do not even have the desire for money; rather, they do not have any emotions at all, and are only trying to work as they were

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