They Shoot Horses Rhetorical Analysis

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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 …show more content…
They’re constantly exerting their power to impress the audience, but never to a degree where they hurt the kids. To them, money isn’t nearly as important as the kids. The masculine sees it as its responsibility to take care of the feminine, almost as compensation for continuously exploiting them for the audience’s attention. As time goes on, the leadership’s care deepens because they get to know the kids remaining on a much more personal level. They forget and dismiss old contestants, though, an example of this being when Mario is arrested. When the story gets into the papers and mentions the marathon, Socks Donald gets very excited over it, and is thankful that Mario had been in the marathon and arrested even though originally he is absolutely pissed at Mario. The situation gives the contest extra publicity, but at the same time Socks forgets that there is a human that suffered for this. The leadership are very blunt and direct with the kids, as opposed to the ambiguity and dishonesty that they present to the audience. The kids, being the feminine, would be able to detect that something was wrong through their intuition. They always know what the leadership are planning regardless - to lie to them would be equivalent to telling them that dragons were going to come down from the sky and barf rainbows. The kids most definintely aren’t idiots. The audience, on the other hand, is completely unable to catch onto whatever’s happening behind the scenes. Their view of the contest is too narrow, they’re too oblivious, and they, regardless of all other factors, simply don’t care for the truth enough. The androgynous are happy with being ignorant in this way, as it keeps the contest looking more like the show that they’re there for. The leadership, in pure masculine fashion, is in this marathon to make it successful. They’re ruthless in eliminating couples, and are

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