The inverted-triangle 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.








Natalie Worthham

English 1101

Professor McFarland

February 5, 2005

To Be Or Not To Be… A Man

    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. As 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.