The Libido of the Ugly
Mencken is a well-known writer for his harsh audacity of “The Libido of the Ugly”. In this writing satire was his weapon, and perhaps his defense, as his harsh criticism was at the same time entertaining. He had a way with words that are destructively personal. He describes what he sees, hears, smells, feels or taste. He appeals to the reader’s sense of sight, smell, sound, task and touch.
Mencken cuts deep with this writing making it seem what the residence called home is now the worst disease known to man. He describes it as a “grotesqueries of ugliness”, that could” lacerate the eye”. He doesn’t act as a doctor trying to cure this dreadful town but as a diagnose to show how bad this town really is. Even the football stadium is nothing but a” huge rat-trap”. He makes this writing sound like the act of hatred tarring this town into pieces. Even the people are humiliated and torn mentally be his words.
Many readers illustrate the people of this town as patients. But, Mencken take this writing and tells the people that this is” The effect is that of a fat woman with a black eye.” He define these people as now longer being human but” Out of the melting pot emerges a race which hates beauty as it hates truth.” These people of another kind are no longer curable and can’t be helped. Mencken takes the peoples town and describes it as the ugliest place on earth and how the people have” love of ugliness”. The people’s sickness can’t be explained any better that they have “The libido for the Ugly”.