Arthur Ashe was published in Boys Will Be which was a series of essays ranging from how to handle bullies to things that mothers will not understand (Curley). It is evident that the audience that Brooks was writing with adolescent boys as the first priority. Brooks’ writing style appeals to adolescent boys because the diction is not advanced, the sentence structure is not ornate, and the tone is direct and colloquial. This writing style is used throughout the essay, for instance Brooks writes, “Ashe leaves us with a good lesson: there is a place in sports for smart people.” The diction is very basic, and the message is as direct as possible; Brooks is pointing out the entire purpose of the essay in one sentence. For the audience there is no deciphering of complicated sentences with the risk of misinterpretation.
Although it is not known if Brooks knew Arthur Ashe personally, Brooks has stated that he enjoys all types of sports and Brooks was a teenager when Arthur Ashe was in his prime, so Ashe may have indirectly affected the author (Brooks, Bruce). Regardless, Brooks wrote about Arthur Ashe for several reasons.
If Brooks wants to inspire adolescent boys it essential for Brooks to select a successful person. No boy is inspired by a second string football player or a tennis player who consistently loses in the semifinals. No boy goes to a b...
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...Brooks’ uses the late Arthur Ashe as an example of an athlete who succeeded at their sport but was also very intellectual; all while honoring Arthur Ashe for his contributions to tennis and society in general.
Brooks, Bruce. “Arthur Ashe.” Nonfiction Readings Across the Curriculum. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2000. 206-207. Print.
“Brooks, Bruce (1950-)” UXL Junior DISCovering Authors. (2003): n. pag. Student Resource Center – Gold. Thompson Gale. Web. 23 Jan. 2010.
Corben, Billy. “The U.” 30 for 30. ESPN. Bristol, CT. 12 Dec. 2009. Television.
Curley, Suzanne. “Bullies, Baseball Caps, and Black History.” Latimes.com. 13 Feb. 1994. Web. 25 Feb. 2010.
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