January 31, 2011
Mamet describes several scenes from his childhood in this essay, only one of which involves a rake. Why, then, does he entitle the piece “The Rake”?
It was a pivotal moment in the story, and it kindof shows the relationship between the brother and sister. It shows that even though they may fight and it result in something such as a face wound from a rake, they would never sell each other out to their parents because in the end the adults are the enemy. This also shows the lack of security they feel with their parents. They would rather suck up any sort of issue then try to find comfort in their mom or dad.
What is the tone of Mamet’s essay? How does it compare to the tone of E.B. White’s essay?
Mamet’s essay is rather choppy and quickly written. It was a sad story with a lot of emotion even though the emotion wasn’t written into the story. It’s a fast paced story even though it uses a rich writing style. White’s essay is rather monotonous and mundane. One would think they’d be more similar in style, however the pace differs.