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Justin Kucera: [email protected] .edu English 125 .059 Essay 4: Comparison December 6 th 2010 Comparing “Big and Bad” to “My Body My Weapon My shame” In Elwood Reid’s essay “My Body, My Weapon, My Shame” he discusses his life as a college football star . He outlines the events that took place on the field, the events that took place off the field, and most importantly how he was feeling during his college career . Malcolm Gladwell’s essay “Big and Bad” seems to be entirely different . He discusses the SUV boom and why he believes they have become so popular . Although these essays are entirely different genres, one can see that the main points in Gladwell’s essay are illuminated by Reid in his essay; they give the reader a view inside human thinking . The main point in “Big and Bad” is that to people, feeling safe is more important than actually being safe . Gladwell shows us this by using a lens of the SUV boom . In “My Body, My Weapon, My Shame” Reid shows us that this is entirely true . For Reid, the term ‘safe’ is not actually about being physically safe . Reid wants to actually belong . He feels safe when he belongs . He wanted to belong to the players, coaches, and his father . “I couldn’t tell them that I didn’t care who won the Super Bowl, that what really mattered to me was books …I knew I had to keep that part of me hidden and let the scouts and coaches see the bright-eyed athlete they wanted to see” (Reid 2) . Reid wants to belong, he wants to fit in and be who they want him to be because it is the safe thing to do . He is very cautious about what he lets people know because he
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knows that it could affect his chances of getting to where he needs to go, so he played it safe with the scouts because he felt like it was the right thing to do
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course ENGLISH 125 taught by Professor Decourcy during the Fall '09 term at University of Michigan.

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