Analysis of Gretel Ehrlich's "About Men"

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Alvaro Lanzas
Mr. Litecky
AP-English Language
Sunday, April 14, 2013

Essay Analysis Project

“About Men” by Gretel Ehrlich:

Summary:
In her essay titled “About Men”, the author ,Gretel Ehrlich, talks about the stereotype that cowboys have. She says that they are too simplistic. Most people believe that cowboys are tough and quiet men that live lonely lives. The author believes this stereotype is so not even close to what real cowboys are. Gretel sees the simplistic and popular image that cowboys posses, and even men in general, that is reduces the complex duality of their nature to just simple, lifeless, characters. The author furthermore states her point by saying that the role that cowboys have is much harder and complex then what the movies portray. Their jobs require arduous work from their body and heart, and rewards long work hours and little pay. For the author is a disservice what media does to cowboys, their simple stereotype is an insult to their job.

Response:
I believe that the author, Gretel Ehrlich, is right. Media has portrayed as cowboys as hard working muscular men that don’t really have much going on in their heads. I believe this is not true. Cowboys I believe have passion for their job. It is not anyone who can endure long days at a ranch with heat, dirt, etc... for a few dollars. Cowboys must really like what they do. So I believe the media should show a little more respect to cowboys.

Rhetorical Strategies:
She creates imagery through the words: “pilgrimage” and “Conquest” She creates visual scenes with: “weathered skin, calloused hands, a squint in the eye, and a growl in the voice” Her choice of words sets a tone for the essay: “that one caress of the face or one ‘I love you’ will peal for a long while”
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