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Shen 1 Yang Shen Writing 39B RA Final Draft 02/21/2018 “The Other Place” by Mary Gaitskill Rhetorical Analysis Mary Gaitskill, in her article, “The Other Place” argues that children’s behavior, whether good or bad, occurs naturally. They may love some activities that include playing with toys, loving violence, and they enjoy it when people get killed on television shows because it is natural for them. However, when the love for violence takes a person into a world where they feel alone, they become dangerous and capable enough of causing harm to others. Typically, Mary uses the ideals of the influence the several media shows that children are subjected to elaborate on the impact of such television shows on the children’s character development. According to Mary, in her article, one’s character is influenced by the kind of environment in which he/she lives and most essentially by one’s culture. Gaitskill uses various genre conventions and cultural and historical contexts to provide an argument how connections with violence and sex paired with other factors have negative impacts on the lives of individuals. This rhetorical analysis essay provides a textual analysis of the article in an attempt to explain how it has been shaped by the historical/cultural context that existed in the time period when it was created. Moreover, the essay focuses on specific rhetoric elements that have a remarkable influence on the reader of the article by Mary Gaitskill and to provide a substantial basis through which conclusions regarding the impact of such historical/cultural context have had in shaping the article.
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Shen 2 Mary Gaitskill does a remarkably perfect job in using the influence of media to explain the behavior of the protagonist in the article. In most cases, the creators of horror content use the media influence to describe why the characters developed certain traits (Foss 13). They tend to engage in criminal behaviors after having fantasies about the illegal things they may see on media ( Slater 287). Moreover, studies have shown that the development of criminal activities among the youths can significantly be attributed to the kind of media content such a generation is exposed to. For instance, in the story, Gaitskill explains how the Douglas’choice of content changed him and most essentially his character. He loved to play with toy guns, enjoyed watching violence on the television, and enjoyed video games that had people get killed (Gaitskill). The author explains the sequential progress in his character development throughout the story as a result of his strong love for toy guns. As a result, he developed the fantasies of criminal behavior and drew pictures of men who were holding guns or engaging in violence. He developed a great love for violence and become more affiliated to the idea of killing women having developed an idea that women are inferior from the television shows he was subjected to.
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  • Spring '19
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