Essay 4 - Elwood Reid begins his essay like a confession By...

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“Final Cut” by Atul Gawande analyzes autopsy and how it has transformed over time. In an attempt to bring to light the benefits of autopsy, Gawande uses his own experience in which he misdiagnoses a patient’s death. Through this, and other autopsy studies, it is seen that autopsies are beneficial and provide doctors a way to confirm their diagnosis or perhaps even correct them. Through the idea of an autopsy, it can be drawn that Elwood Reid’s “My Body My Weapon My Shame” is essentially an autopsy of Reid’s dark past. He attempts to rationalize the pain he inflicted on himself as well as the hurt he experienced in his football career. As a result, he realizes that despite his past efforts to be a great football star, he died to himself and gave up his identity. An autopsy begins with a dead body, and a pathologist with an insatiable desire for the “high-tech detective work” that entails the procedure (Gawande 246).
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Unformatted text preview: Elwood Reid begins his essay like a confession. By starting with “I did bad things for football” he provokes readers to question what and why. The autopsy begins here. Reid starts from where his desire to be a football player was catalyzed. He then details how this desire gradually consumed him and caused him to die—not a physical but an emotional death. He dissects his “body” after the fact and draws new discoveries and confirmations from it. Many of these reflections are exemplified through his commentary. Through this commentary he dissects his thoughts and in turn confirms some of the many reasons he did bad things for football. Final Cut Autopsy as a tool.—confirms/allows discovery Dead patients are treated poorly My Body My Weapon My Shame Start off with image of tool-bring in death along with it…. Build up to it...
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