Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Henrik Wolff The Dead End Of Western Civilization

The words that we use in every day conversation help us to convey a message to whoever we are speaking to. Words are used in order to evoke a reaction, or create a lasting effect on whoever is receiving them. Authors determine the words they want to use by organizing their arguments or main points. In both Hipster: The Dead End Of Western Civilization by Douglas Haddow, and Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff, the authors choose to make use of intellectual diction in order to indicate the idea that an absence of spontaneity is holding society back. In Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff, main character Anders is described as being sarcastic, cynical, and argumentative. Anders is a very serious man who has been through a lot of hardships in his life that have made him the cynical man that he is today. Because he is a book critic, no matter what situation, Anders critiques everything that occurs around him. â€Å"Anders had never paid much attention to that part of the bank, a pompous old building with marble floors and counters and pillars, and gilt scrollwork over the tellers cages. The domed ceiling had been decorated with mythological figures whose fleshy, toga-draped ugliness Anders had taken in at a glance many years earlier and afterward declined to notice. Now he had no choice but to scrutinize the painter s work (Wolff,  ¶.26).† This quote directly shows what kind of a person Anders is. Even in the face of danger, he is still being his normal self. Anders has a gun to

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