Rhetorical Analysis : `` Going For The Man `` By Thomas C. Foster

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Violence has perhaps become commonplace to the modern generation. It seems to be the figurative salt and pepper of every television show, cartoon, novel and video game. Has this violent saturation of all things pop culture desensitized modern readers to the point of ignorance? This would be a most unfortunate conclusion considering the deliberation of violence found in Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor. His “nothing is as simple as it seems” approach to violence in literature leads a reader to conclude that the majority of novelic brutality carries a certain level of profoundness. Although this pensive approach to acts of violence may give one insight when binge watching CSI: Miami, its application is much more lucrative when used to examine works of contemporary writing that develop violence as a theme. Such as in James Baldwin’s “Going to Meet the Man” where savage and sadistic scenes of vivid racially motivated violence are used to convey the African American perspective of the manner in which racial hatred is passed and develops. Baldwin starts “Going to Meet the Man” vehemently, immediately characterizing the main character Jesse as a bigoted, racist police officer with a deep seated hatred for blacks. He initially makes no excuse for his repulsive main character, even manifesting Jesse’s chauvinistic mindset in the conversation he has with his wife while in bed. “They were animals, they were no better than animals, what could be done with…

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