1.3 Intertextual Response

1.3 Intertextual Response - Brian Lau English 111 V Curtis...

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Brian Lau English 111 V Curtis Hisayasu 4/09/07 1.3 – Constructing Intertextual Arguments While Lehan argues that “…the city contains a destructive force that causes the process of dissolution.” (171), Poe takes his ideas farther by illustrating that the destructive force of dissolution is the city itself. In the Man of the Crowd, Poe takes Lehan’s arguments further by arguing that when a city is overflowed with people, crowds begin to form and individuality is lost. For instance, in the story the plot is centered on one unnamed narrator following an old man. This “man of the crowd” takes no actions in shopping, talking to another, or enjoying the scenery. The only emotion that he shows is when the crowd he is in starts to thin out; then he has a look of panic on his face and immediately tries to blend into another crowd. “I saw the old man gasp as if for breath while he threw himself amid the crowd; but I thought that the intense agony of his countenance had, in some measure,
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