Analysis Of Flesh And Blood So Cheap By Marrin

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After witnessing misfortune befall upon another person, have you ever began a thought with the phrase, “What if I had . . . ?” Once the inferno of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was extinguished and the bodies were counted, the involved parties, including the fire department, owners, and builders, likely thought this as well. In the non-fictional excerpt of Flesh and Blood So Cheap, Marrin utilizes explicit details to make his ideas clear, and implicit details to imply failures in safety standards. Using these techniques, Marrin illustrates the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that resulted from unsafe work protocol and sparked a movement to reform safety standards for employees, whose lives were not a priority in the fire.

By using explicit details, Albert Marrin expresses his opinion clearly and supports it. The title of the book, Flesh and Blood So Cheap, insists that human life wasn’t valued, while the subtitle, The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy, states the topic and shows the author’s belief that the Triangle Fire left a lasting impact on America. Also, the name of Chapter V is “Holocaust,” which means, “destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war.” If the denotation did not make his thoughts clear enough, the word also carries an extremely negative connotation. In paragraph two, the author describes how the fire spread quickly. He writes, “Flames shot up, igniting the line of hanging paper patterns. ‘They began to fall on the layers of thin
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He demonstrates that faulty safety practices ignited and amplified the Triangle Fire. While those 146 deaths were avoidable, they left a legacy behind, as they served as a call to reforms in safety practices at workplaces. Those souls can rest in peace knowing their deaths weren’t

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