The Death Of Benny Paet Analysis

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“This is probably the tamest round of the entire fight, ” the announcer proclaimed. But all that echoed in my mind were my own thoughts. One, two, punch. Jab, jab, uppercut. Win for the fans. Win for my family. Win for me. Irrepressible, the beast inside had escaped from its confinements. The boxing ring dissolved, the cheering of the fans dwindled, I was back on the streets of the concrete jungle. Hands were all I could feel wrenching me away from Paret, wrenching me away from a trance were hands. Clear as a bell, the announcer’s words rang, “Paret has collapsed from exhaustion from that beating on the ropes.” Died, would’ve been a more suitable word than collapsed. In the text, “The Death of Benny Paret” by Norman Mailer, the author explores …show more content…
Through observation of a video called, “A Tale of Two Boxers,” the sister of former professional boxer, Wilfred “The Radar” Benitez, chokes up as she says, “I see him like that and I suffer.” Benitez suffers from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, also known as CTE, Boxer’s Dementia, or being “Punch drunk.” Through professional boxing, boxers become disabled physically and/or mentally and their families have to minister to them. Obviously this takes time out of their own lives and causes heartache, as no one relishes in seeing their loved ones endure such hardships. Worse still, as professional boxing can lead to mental issues such as dementia, boxers are incapable of recalling their loved ones or fond memories, which is heartbreaking to families, friends, and beloveds. Dan Klores puts us into Benny Paret’s wife, Lucy Paret’s, perspective, “Fifty years of struggle, of never feeling good enough about yourself to marry again, of daily routines taking their toll, of occasional visits to his grave in the Bronx.” (Klores, 29-31) Within the aftermath of the boxing fight that lead to death, Benny Paret’s friends lost a fellow companion; his fans an inspiration; Lucy Paret a husband; their two sons a father; Benny Paret’s parents a son. Heavy-heartedly visiting his grave, never able to fill the piece of their heart Paret took to the grave all because of a …show more content…
The opposition claims that boxers are aware of the risks they will face, boxing is someone’s dream and job, and professional boxing is done in a controlled environment. They also believe that other sports, such as football, are just as dangerous and question if those should be outlawed as well. These claims are true to a certain extent but, my own view remains; professional boxing should be banned. An opposing viewpoint suggests that boxers know what they are getting themselves into. Granted, it will forever be like a game of chance. Whether they die this game or the succeeding game, no one can ever be sure until the moment hits them out of the blue. Critics state that boxing is someone’s dream. Though you should follow your dreams, is that dream worth it if they and others become damaged in return? How would they be able to live out their dream if they died in the process? By banning boxing, boxers’ lives would be saved as well as their families’ heartaches. On the same note, opposers assert that banning boxing would be similar to firing someone from their job, causing them to lose their source of income. Although boxers do make some money off fights, in reality that income is going straight back to their job. In an interview, professional boxer Carl Froch, states, “..only 3% of all professionals (a group I’m lucky enough to be in) make enough money to live off it...” (Kelly, 100-101) An outcome of

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