Just Walk on by: a Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space

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1. Staples characterize the women he encounters in paragraph 1 as a “victim” because of the way she acts. She appears to be worried and moves to cross the street, making it clear that she feels she is a victim and finds him intimidating, even though the author is completely harmless.
2. When Staples says he has the power to “alter public space” because of his appearance. He writes this from personal experience, has noticed the way people lock their car doors and cross to the opposite side of the street. He knows he can alter just by walking through.
3. Staples walk the streets at night because he has insomnia.
4. The "making of a young thug" are those where a young man is seduced by the violence, "by the perception of themselves as tough guys." Staples also states that men are supposed to be fighters, to be hostile and have the "fighter's edge" in everything they do.
5. Staples attempts to make himself less threatening by moving with care, giving people more space, and whistling relaxing tunes while he walks places. He pays attention to how closely he is to people, makes it apparent that he is not following them, and is generally very cautious.

Purpose and Audience
1. The thesis is it was in the echo of that terrified woman's footfalls that I first began to know the unwieldy inheritance I'd come into- the ability to alter public space in ugly ways.
2. He uses personal examples throughout the essay, and throws in a few direct quotes from essays he's read that relate. His personal examples make it a strong essay because it is from his viewpoint, and he uses so many stories to back up his point that it is difficult to argue against him at all.
3. He assumes that women are always "victim" and that they all would move across the street and show fear. He also assumes everyone is scared of him.
4. He is trying to induce the fear that people feel…...

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