Compare and Contrast of Essays

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All three essays focus on the societal differences amongst individuals as well as their impact. However, they differ in the way society perceives each difference. In Black Men and Public Space, Brent Staples discusses the stereotypes normally associated with African Americans. His narration leads the reader to believe that the majority of white woman are, to some extent, afraid of young black males. In There is No Unmarked Woman, Deborah Tannen discusses the inferiority normally exhibited by women in our culture. She argues that men dominate almost all aspects of life as opposed to women who usually get the short end of the stick. In the last essay, On Being a Cripple, Nancy Mairs portrays the life a cripple who faces daily challenges due to her disabilities. Due to her inability to perform regular tasks, her friends and family help out. However, Mairs hints at the fact that at times, the people around her get annoyed. All three of these essays normally had a woman who was marked as a “victim” which implies that gender comes into play in almost all circumstances. It seems that all the authors imply that society always differentiate between genders by specifically talking about the impacts on women. Furthermore, all the essays describe negative situations or circumstances. In other words, instead of focusing on how a king might stand out in a crowd, the authors pick out the unprivileged individuals. Staples describes the negative stereotypes associated with young black males; Tannen refers to the social inferiority of women and Mairs illustrates the unfortunate life of a cripple. In all circumstances, the targeted individuals suffer in one way or another. In contrast, the type of emotion felt by and against the protagonists differs between the essays. In Black Men and Public Space, the black male feels ashamed of how women fearfully avoid him. While he feels that the allegations against him are false, society labels the African American as a criminal. In There is...
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