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In her essay “The Company Man,” Ellen Goodman searches beyond the surface of a death of a business professional and sees his life in review as told by the obituary and how it was different than how it was written. “He worked himself to death” was not a suitable explanation of death for the obituary, so “coronary thrombosis” was the concluded, diagnosed cause. Despite what the record said, there was a clear consensus on the true cause, as “everyone among his friends and acquaintances knew it instantly.” (629). Phil, didn’t see his life ending, though everyone else did. No one was surprised at the death, knowing how hard he pushed himself on a daily basis and how much devotion he had for his company. He sacrificed his family life and social life to focus on the work he was putting in. He never felt as though he was working as hard as he was. The corporate vice president was “one of three who might -- if the president died or retired soon enough -- have moved to the top spot” and worked even harder, knowing this fact while living (629). There was no time for extracurricular activities, or health watching, because he worked. He thought he could coast past the fact that he was overweight “because he didn’t smoke” (629). Many people worked under Phil in his position of power, so after he died three of the workers would be seriously considered to take over, but this was not mentioned in the obituary, either. Phil was survived by his wife who “already have” missed her husband, his eldest child who needed to “ask the neighbors what he (Phil) was like,” his second child who had “nothing to say” to her father when she saw him in his life, and his youngest child who “tried to mean enough to his father to keep him home.” (629-630). The preside...

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...ey didn’t want to hang out with people who would use them for money and not be around them for who they were. They secluded themselves to avoid getting hurt by the outsiders. People who didn’t have money didn’t feel like they could relate to a group of brats. Communication issues between the groups sent mixed signals that show each group, as they aren’t, and it comes across as exclusivity without a purpose.
Does anyone really know anything about anyone else? Do we pretend to know those around us because, at the end of the day, being right comforts us? People of moderate wealth imply that the wealthier students don’t understand what life is about and don’t know what “normal people” have to deal with. Could it be that they understand it all and choose to not pay attention because ignorance is bliss, and is easier to live with then actually dealing with their problems?
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