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Barbara Ascher takes a usually ignored subject and displays it in a way that most of us have probably never thought of Her essay answers the who what where and when about a homeless man known to her as The Box Man She uses the rest of the essay to attempt to explain the why She first tells how he carries out a particular night showing the reality of the whole thing She proceeds to comparing his life to a book she read as a child titled The Boxcar Children In the novel the children live alone and neglected but in their own bliss Ascher then contrasts the life of the man with the lonely ones of two women She shows how solitude has different meanings for the different genders in this case The Box Man has every intent to be alone and unhelped while the women seem to be alone because thats just how life has unfavorably turned out for them The essay in my opinion is well thought out and written It has a clear purpose and main idea though it sometimes appears to drift away from them It only appears that way however I felt as if she would start to ramble on about other stories but she would show the relevance to her subject well She also tends to try to persuade the reader She opened my mind to a different and usually unconsidered view of a homeless mans life I have to say that I agree with her at least in this case The man she describes doesnt seem to be a beggar or a nuisance to anyone unlike those that you would run into at busy intersections usually near expressways He just chose a different way of life that doesnt bother him in the least bit He finds a unique pleasure in living alone on the street and by his own means He doesnt struggle too much to
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