Jocks vs. Pukes
What is the author’s main idea?
Interestingly enough, the author’s main idea is to enhance the readers understanding of Jock culture and to inform the readers that there are people in this world that are driven to believe that jocks and pukes are completely different men. Also there are some people who don’t want anything to do with all the chaos.
Provide three (3) examples of where the author supports the thesis.
1) Provide example in form of a direct quote
“In the spring of that hard year, 1968, The Columbia University crew coach, Bill Stowe, explained to me that there were only two kinds of men on campus, perhaps in the world – Jocks and Pukes. He explained that Jocks, such as his rowers, were brave, manly, ambitious, focused, patriotic, and goal-driven, while Pukes were woolly, distractible, girlish and handicapped by their lack of certainty that nothing mattered as much as winning. Pukes could be found among “the cruddy weirdo slobs” such as hippies, pot smokers, protestors and, yes, former English majors like me.”
Why did you select this example? Explain. Be specific.
I chose this example because it one hundred percent backs up the main idea and also gives the reader specific details of someone who believes that Jocks and Pukes are completely different people. I actually got something from that statement because it explained exactly why Jocks and Pukes are so different from each other.
2) Provide example in form of a partial quote
Robert believes that Bill Stowe was a “dumb jock” which in this case does not mean stupid; it means ignorant, narrow, misguided by the values of Jock Culture. With that being said, that makes Robert believe that Bill Stowe’s statement about Jocks and Pukes is invalid. Basically what Robert is trying to say is you must be well educated in the specific field you believe in before you make assumptions.
Why did you select this example? Explain. Be specific....
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