Time and Distance Overcome Essay

1165 Words Jan 29th, 2012 5 Pages
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8. Essay – Time and Distance Overcome
The relationship between white and black people in America is still today an ongoing issue, which can be traced back in history. Even though the issue isn’t as big as it was 50 years ago, it still has influence in America, in every perspective, both as individuals but also as a community. Today we have a black president in America, so America has changed, but how was that possible? And how is the relationship between blacks and whites? Another interesting perspective is the telephone, is a thing to communicate with, but can it also be used to make a bond between whites and blacks? That is what the essay “Time and Distance Overcome” deals with.
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It describes how the white people lynched the black people through America. It is interesting to notice that the tone and atmosphere in the second segment is much more negative than the first one, as the telephone pole becomes symbol of something negative. The main theme of the text is also found in this segment, and it is not before that the reader has read the second segment that the reader understands that the purpose of the essay wasn’t to talk about telephones but about racism in America. The third segment tells Eula Biss’ personal relationship to telephone poles, since her grandfather worked as a lineman. At that time she liked telephone poles as it remembered her of her grandfather.
”My grandfather was a lineman. He broke his back when a telephone pole fell. […] When I was young I believed that the arc and swoop of telephone wires along the roadways were beautiful. […] I believed my father when he said, ‘My dad could raise a pole by himself.’ And I believed that the telephone was a miracle. Now, I tell my sister, these wires do not look the same to me.” (Page 5, ll.136-142)
Today she doesn’t see them the same way. She was grown up and learned the history of the telephone poles, and everything has changed. Thereby the personal relationship links the two earlier segments together.

Even though the essay is split in three segments, the telephone poles appear again and again, and when we have finished read the essay

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