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Kill 'Em! Crush 'Em! Eat 'Em Raw!

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Transcript of Kill 'Em! Crush 'Em! Eat 'Em Raw!

John McMurtry page 354 Kill 'Em! Crush 'Em! Eat 'Em Raw! Injuries Rhetorical Mode: Cause and Effect "Just about anybody who has ever played football for any length of time, in high school, college or one of the professional leagues, has suffered for it later physically" (355). P4 "By the end of my football career, I had learned that physical injury-giving it and taking it- is the real currency of the sport" (357).P12 Playing Football “’Acute herniation’ – and had cut the nerves to my left arm like a pinched telephone wire..." (354). P2



“I still can’t lift with [my back] or change a tire without worrying about folding" (357). P11




“General Patton wanted to make his Second World War tank men look like football players. And Nixon, as we know, was fond of comparing attacks on Vietnam to football plays and drawing coachly diagrams on a blackboard for TV war fans" (355). P6 Tone Imagery "Played shoeless on a green open field with no one keeping score and in a spirit of reckless abandon and laughter, it’s a very different sport” (356). P9






“(I remember being so taped up in college that I earned the nickname ‘mummy,’)" (356). P8 Structure Irony Simile Understatement Oxymoron “A few months ago my neck got a hard crick in it. I couldn’t turn my head; to look left or right I’d have to turn my whole body. But I’d had cricks in my neck since I started playing grade-school football and hockey, so I just ignored it" (354). P1

“I got out of football in 1962. I had asked to be traded after Calgary had offered me a $25-a-week-plus-commissions off-season job as a clothing store salesman" (359). P20 “(according to one American survey, more than 80% of all football injuries occur to fully equipped players)” (356). P10




“I ripped the cartilages in my ribs on the hardest block I’d ever thrown… The doctor in the local hospital said three weeks rest, the coach said scrimmage in two days” (359). P20 “stomp ‘im like a bug!” P4





“...talked about war as a football game...” P6




"[The other football player] was coming "down the chute"… so I simply dropped on him like a blanket” P7 “Broken nose, broken jaw (fractured in the first half and dismissed as a “bad wisdom tooth,” so I played with it for the rest of the game)” (356). P11



“My own initiation into this brutal circus was typical” (356). P9 The tone here is an understated tone with some disturbing humor. The way the author describes his nerves being cut "like a pinched telephone wire" causes the reader to feel uncertain about whether what he is describing is funny or not. The seriousness of the situation is diminished by his word choice. The understated tone is again achieved when discussing all the injuries he has acquired throughout his football career the author states he is worried about "folding". The statement causes the reader to imagine a person folding from their back which is pretty funny but at the same time gross. It emphasizes the understated tone by using the word "folding" to describe yet another injury that could possibly happen because of all the injuries he got through his years of playing football. Here the author criticizes leaders for taking war (and implicitly war) and its violence very lightly. It creates some disturbing humor as well, not gruesome but more disturbing in the sense that these men, General Patton and Nixon compare war to football and take its violence too lightly. Here the author paints the picture of a young boy running of a green field of grass barefoot playing football and it all seems so fun and harmless and lovely. The author is describing what he loved about playing football and the effect of this is to show the difference between the football John McMurtry fell in love as opposed to the football he began playing. It makes the reader feel a bit sad because its a shame that something so fun and harmless turned into something extremely similar to war. The image the reader sees here is a mummy, all covered up in toilet paper or in this case bandages because of all the injuries caused by playing war-like football. The effect of this imagery is that it emphasizes the understated tone by comparing himself to a mummy when the situation is very severe, the injuries cover his body completely, thats why he looks like a mummy. These two quotes are an example of structure in terms of paragraphing because the author places anecdotes of his own experiences in the beginning and end of his essay, (the first quote is the beginning senstence and the second one the last). He uses the middle to describe the problems in football with cause and effect as well as comparing and contrasting football to different games like hockey and strikingly to war. This structure makes the topic more personal to the author, giving him more credibility. This is an example of irony because the reader would think being fully equipped would prevent injury and would provide more protection and yet the players who are fully equipped get hurt the most. This creates humor and makes the reader bewilder over how this can be. This example of irony results in adding humor to the essay and emphasizes how greatly violence is craved by society by seeing the difference in the amount of time the doctor said McMurtry needed to recover verses what the football coach said due to their insatiable hunger for violence. This simile compares the opposing football team to bugs. The effect of this simile is that it dehumanizes the football players and makes them bugs which makes the command sound a lot less harsh than what it really is implying which is - destroy them break every limb in their body so they cannot stand, squish them to death. The effect of this simile is that by comparing war to a football game the reader begins to explore how football resembles war. Although football and war are alike as McMurtry so clearly describes, it also emphasizes how society minimizes the severity of violence portrayed in war. Almost instantly the reader sees the image of a football player throwing himself on another player like a blanket when reading this simile. The comparison used in this simile, a football player to a blanket, creates a humorous effect at first because the reader pictures a muscular heavy man falling on someone else lightly and quietly which is funny because it's not going to be a quiet fall and it will certainly not be soft like a blanket at all. Then the reader is able to see the understated tone present itself again because of the actual reality of the situation which is that the other player was tackled and had a grown man on top of him crushing his body. Hey everybody... The fact that a broken jaw was dismissed as a bad wisdom tooth and McMurtry played with it for the rest of the game emphasizes society's love for violence by not allowing him to stop playing and recover from that injury. Brutal circus is an example of an oxymoron because brutal means savage. cruel, and inhumane whereas a circus is a place for entertainment associated with clowns which are usually funny. The fact that the author uses these two words together causes the reader to picture football as a circus, crazy and full of energy but also instead of funny clowns the reader sees savages ripping each other apart. It makes violent entertainment. It's a special day today for someone we all know. You know who you are.
You are reading that at this very moment.
Yeah you! Happy Birthday! Mr. Foster!
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