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Analysis Of The Falling Man

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The Falling Man September 11th, 2001 is known as the day in which Islamic terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes and crashed two of them into the World Trade Center in New York City. 9/11 is also recognized as the day in which immense devastation spread throughout the United States. A photographer, Richard Drew captured a photograph of a man falling from the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 9:41 a.m. during the attacks. The man, who appears in the image and eventually is notorious as The Falling Man identity remains unknown. Although, he is known to be one of the people who was trapped on the upper floors of the skyscraper who had two options, either to fall searching for safety or jump to escape the massive amounts of fire and smoke. This photo has become a horrific phenomenon because of how it represents what photography does for history. Furthermore, it accurately depicts the desperateness that was spread across America during a time of true tragedy. In order to truely understand the horror of September 11th, 2001 it is pertinent to include the kind of imagery that the image of The Falling Man displays. Initially, the photograph gives off a quite disturbing feeling, along with a feeling of being consumed with pity as well as a sick sense of reality. It is natural to think about death from time to time but not as vividly and acceptingly as one would when deeply analyzing this photo. The image of the man falling from the World Trade Center is the most
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