Power And Leadership : The Kids, The Audience, And The Leadership

1233 Words Jun 8th, 2016 null Page
There are three groups that have power in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?; the kids, the audience, and the leadership. These groups represent different genders in the way they’re presented and how they interact with each other. The kids are the feminine, cautious and intuitive, the audience is the androgynous, passive and oblivious, and the leadership is the masculine, blunt and tricky. These traits shed light on why each group uses their power in such different ways and why the kids and the leadership are closer to each other than with the audience. The kids embody the feminine, the quiet, wary, and calculating. They have an immense amount of power in the contest; they can easily refuse to do something and shut the entire place down. After all, they are the main act; if they were to potentially decide, for example, to refuse to participate in the derbies, the audience wouldn’t have their daily dose of excitement. The providers of money would be gone, and therefore, the leadership’s money would be gone too. However, the kids barely exert their power at all. There is foresight in this, of course; that defiance would lose them of their only motivator in the contest. They’re in this contest because it provides a roof over their heads and food on their place, with the added bonus of potential prize money at the end. The only time they even come close to defiance are the smallest of acts that almost seem passive, and are only done to satisfy their personal, human need for…

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