introduction, like an upside-down triangle, is broad at the top and
pointed at the base. it begins with a general statement of the topic and
then narrows its focus, ending with the point of the paragraph (and the
triangle), the writer's thesis.
To Be Or Not To
The American culture has always prized virtues of male toughness,
independence, and strength. These “masculine” characteristics are
seen in our early American heroes, from John Wayne to Clint
Eastwood, and perpetuated in Hollywood today though icons like Van
Diesel and “The Rock.” One wonders, however, if this “dominant image
of masculinity” has a negative effect on males, young and old alike.
For many boys, cultural indoctrination begins at an early age as
they are instructed by peers and family not to cry and to “suck it
up” if they fall down or get into a fight.
According to Daniel Kindlen and Michael Thompson in “The Culture of
Cruelty,” if they don’t fit in to the culture’s expectations for
manhood, they may be seen as “weak and worthless” (186). The
ramifications are potentially enormous, as a boy who does not live
up to this tough image could potentially be picked on his whole live
and told he is inferior.
we examine the hardships and difficulties many boys face in
adolescence, we will assess the destructive forces of the “culture
of cruelty” that pushes many boys to become aggressive, overly
competitive, and ultimately insecure.