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Unformatted text preview: Mike Haigh Professor McDonald English 112 September 3, 2007 Beauty in ‘Popular Mechanics’ Does ‘Popular Mechanics’ contain beauty? To decide that we must first know what beauty is. Beauty is defined as the qualities that give pleasure to the senses. With that in mind, ‘Popular Mechanics’ does not contain beauty. In fact, beauty is shown to be destroyed on numerous occasions. This is shown in the setting, the symbolism and the style. From the beginning of the story, the setting foreshadows the end of beauty. Indeed, the very first sentence reveals the setting for the whole story. The snow which is purely beautiful is ‘melting into dirty water’. This sets the story up for the end of something beautiful. Furthermore, the fact that snow is on the ground reveals that it is winter. In contrast to the traditionally beautiful seasons of spring and summer, winter sets the mood for a cold, chilling story. To further drive home the setting’s theme, the day is coming to an end much like the once beautiful...
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