The Men We Carry in Our Minds Analysis Essay

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An Analysis of “The Men We Carry in Our Minds”

Alex Pinto

British Columbia Institute of Technology

LIBS 7001

January 29, 2012


In the essay, “The Men We Carry in Our Minds”, Scott Russell Sanders discusses his perspective on men in comparison to the impression that women carry in their minds. Sanders uses a unique way of writing through narration and life experiences to truly illustrate his point that the impressions of men or women are based on ones own life experiences. As a young boy knowing only of the hardships of workingmen, Sanders later experiences drastic social differences when he receives a scholarship to attend a university “meant for the children of the
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Using the color’s Black and White, Sanders clearly emphasizes the comparison between both completely different social classes. Sanders also states his topic sentence last to support and conclude his comparative narration at the beginning. This ties his narration into his climatic and summarizing point that show the difference between “the twin poles” of his early vision of manhood. These are the main ideas of his essay to depict the “brute toiling animal and the boss”, which are then mention and described later in the essay. It is an effective way to begin because it directly states the scope of his thesis and previews the upcoming sections to come.

As Sanders later develops his image of a hardworking man being either a “warrior” or “toiler”, he bridges the gap between the poor and the rich by mentioning his scholarship to college. “A scholarship enabled me not only to attend college, a rare enough feat in my circle, but even to study in a university meant for the children of the rich”(para. 7). This transition also enables him to talk about the hardships that the women experienced in comparison to the men. “And for the first time I met women who told me that men were guilty of having kept all the joys and privileges of the earth for themselves” (para. 7).

Near the beginning of the essay, Sanders focused

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