Being a Man

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Being a Man by Paul Theroux is an essay about how the author feels about being a man. Theroux expresses himself by using examples and facts about a man's life. He also talks a little about his experiences and the obstacles he had during his lifetime. He states that he has "something of an objection to the way we turn boys into men . Theroux thinks "the whole idea of manhood in America is pitiful . It makes the reader see how hard it is to be a man, and all the stereotypes there are about men that make them be who they are. He states this when he says that "Man means ˜manly' , by this he means that the expression "Be a man! , means "be stupid, be unfeeling, obedient, soldierly, and stop thinking . The reader knows what Theroux's opinion is about being a man from the very first paragraph, where he talks about how fetishism is so associated with men and says that "it is just one more awful thinks about being a man .

The work's expressive purpose is very obvious throughout the reading. Theroux uses his own words, thoughts and opinions to describe his feelings about being a man, h

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