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Being a Man A 3-page paper on the topic of the Paul Therouxs Being a Man The paper analyzes the structure of the writing No sources are used besides the source material The tone and style of Paul Therouxs Being a Man is that of a light nature using exaggeration and stereotyping to not only convey its message but to give the entire piece and enjoyable and fun sense One of the keys to Therouxs writing is slight misdirection in which a writer sets up topic for discussion but ultimately has a much different topic in mind We see this from the opening quote from the alleged Fetishism chapter of a book one gets the sense that Therouxs intent is to point you in one direction so that you dont see real agenda until it is sprung on you In this case the notion of men and fetish for womans shoes makes one feel that he is about to analyze why this might be but instead we find that the shoe fetish is unimportant as it is the idea that being man leads people to think differently of you What this piece turns out to really be is his taking to task the way society has determined that men should act and the inability for men to avoid the imposition of that stereotype without some how being considered different at best or not manly at worst And it is in the second paragraph where he sets up the notion of what the world believes a man to be and how that is both ambiguous and constraining at the same time While there is no definition beside biological of what a man is he points out that the notion of manliness insists on difference and connives at superiority While he is obviously exaggerating somewhat in the insistence that he finds the notion of manliness to be insulting and abusive and the thought that he actually dislikes
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