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Tip of the Esay - Who Killed Benny Paret?
Transcript of Tip of the Esay - Who Killed Benny Paret?
Tip of the Essay
Benny Paret, a Cuban welterweight boxer, is killed while fighting in a 1962 boxing match.
Who is to blame in this situation?
"The time the crowd comes alive is when a man is hit hard over the heart or the head, when his mouthpiece flies out, when the blood squirts out of his nose or eyes, when he wobbles under the attack and his pursuer continues to smash at him with poleax impact."
By this, the author means to say that the audience lusts for bloodshed and violence in the ring more than anything else.
The author arrives at this conclusion through:
Interview with Mike Jacobs, boxing promoter
His own opinions about violence in sporting
The reactions of audiences to violence in media
Questions & Discussion
Who Killed Benny Paret?
The essay examines the circumstances surrounding the death of Benny Paret.
The author seems to think that the audience of the boxing scene is responsible for his death.
He justifies this by asserting that the audience is primarily responsible for funding the sport in general
"[The audience doesn't] come out to see a tea party ... They come out to see the knockout. They come out to see a man hurt. If they think anything else, they're kidding themselves."
Essay Type: Formal or Informal?
The essay is informal.
Deductive Reasoning - This is the process of explaining a
logical but unsupported conclusion
through the foundation of
several general statements.
Narration - Entices our emotions into
with reader and
to their story.
Definition & Classification- This allows both author and reader to accept a
; in this case that the audience is the
within any sport.
Cause & Effect - It is when one thought is
effect of such action
is also brought to the attention of the reader.
First person perspective: Author uses pronouns "I " and "we"
Tone of the writing is personal and aggressive; some parts seem biased or unprofessional
Some arguments are drawn from the author's personal life and opinions
Structure is not rigid; multiple arguments appear throughout different paragraphs
Thesis is not explicitly stated; implied
Contractions and fairly simple language is used
1. The fans of boxing are responsible for funding the violent sport.
2. Benny Paret died as a result of fighting as a boxer.
Question 3: Compare the audience described in Barbara Ehrenreich's "Where the Wild Things Are" to the one described in "Who Killed Benny Paret?".
Question 1: What is the main point Mike Jacobs made in his interview with the author? How do the author's feelings about the Benny Paret fight support what Jacobs said about boxing 40 years earlier?
Question 2: The author writes that "the primary responsibility is with the people who pay to see a man get hurt". Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why?
- The exaggeration of a fact.
"You put killers in the ring and the people filled your arena."
- The comparison of an unfamiliar situation to a familiar one in an attempt to explain it.
"...when [Mr. Jacobs] spoke about prizefights, he was no longer a bland little man but a colossus who sounded the way Napoleon must have sounded when he reviewed a battle."
- A question wherein the answer is already known or is implied.
"Did [the referee] act in time to stop the fight?"
- Appeal to the senses through vivid description of a fact.
"The time the crowd comes alive is when a man is hit hard over the heart or the head, when his mouthpiece flies out, when the blood squirts out of his nose or eyes..."
- Comparison of two concepts without the use of like or as.
"You hire boxing artist...who don't pack dynamite in their fists - and you end up counting your empty seats."
Question 4: Assuming that the individuals in the crowd at a boxing event don't necessarily enjoy violence in their everyday lives, how does the essay illustrate the change that being in a crowd has on a person's behaviour?