The Men We Carry : Our Minds By Scott. Sanders

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The essay written by Scott Russel Sanders, “The Men We Carry in Our Minds”, was first published in 1984 in Milkweed Chronicles. In this essay, the author voices his opinion on the conflicts and differences between the social classes, which is told from his experiences as a boy in rural Memphis and as a student in a prestigious university. Sanders believes that these conflicts and differences, when explained by the patterns of the Marxist lens, are factors that influence and alter the course of life of all individuals. Throughout the essay, Sanders holds on to the idea that fate, the inevitable course of life, is largely dependent on the social-economical class of the individual; which can be explained by the author’s escape from lower class, the ignorance of individuals in different social classes, and the immense contrast between men of higher and lower social classes. Born in rural Memphis, Sanders was able to escape his social-economical class, therefore altering his predetermined course of life. The author’s father, “who had escaped from a red-dirt farm” to the front office is a prime example of “a partial escape from man’s fate.” His father was able to work his way out of lower class, but his body remembered the grueling work of poverty and he died quite young. This signifies that ultimately, he was unable to completely leave lower class and that the class Sander’s father was born into dictated his fate. Later in Sanders’ life, he was accepted into the prestigious Brown University on scholarship, a rare feat that “did not seem possible for most of the boys [he] knew.” Through this, Sanders was able to escape his fate of remaining in lower class as a meager factory employee working in dreadful condition or as a restless sold... ... middle of paper ... ...hers and providers of the family, richer men had it easier. In short, this disparity of men’s expected role demonstrate that class decides fate. Through the author’s bettering of his own social class, the different issues ignored by people of different classes, and the comparison of men’s lives of higher and lower social classes, the author inspires the idea that one’s destiny is determined by the social-economical class of the individual. Although this essay is dated, this problem still persists in the current society. With the rich getting richer, and the poor becoming poorer. Moreover, the rich blames the poor for all society’s problems, while the poor is just trying to get by. Our society falls further apart as the gap between the rich and the poor increases. It is crucial for this trend to stop, and that can only happen if only all is equal and all is united.
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