Saturday, October 26, 2019
At the Gym Essay -- Literary Analysis, Mark Doty
At the Gym, written by Mark Doty, dramatizes the conflict within the mind of a bodybuilder and his desire to change who and what he is. The speaker observes the routines of the bodybuilder bench-pressing at a local gym, and attempts to explain the driving force that compels him to change his appearance. The speaker illustrates the physical use of inanimate objects as the tools used for the Ã¢â¬Å"desiredÃ¢â¬ transformation: Ã¢â¬Å"and hoist nothing that need be liftedÃ¢â¬ (5,6). However, coupled with Ã¢â¬Å"but some burden theyÃ¢â¬â¢ve chosen this timeÃ¢â¬ (7), the speaker takes the illustration beyond the physical use of the tools of transformation and delves into the bodybuilderÃ¢â¬â¢s mental state. The speaker ends by portraying the bodybuilder as an arrogant, muscular being with fragile feelings of insecurity. Similar to a church altar where baptisms take place, the speaker begins by depicting the bench press as an altar of change and transformation. Illustrating the setting in this manner suggests that the speaker begins to wonders what drives the bodybuilder to lift an inanimate object repeatedly w...
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