Cultural Story Focus: Argument Style Prompt

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Cultural Story Focus: Argument Style Prompt Quote: “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” Henry David Thoreau Interpretation of quote: This quote can be interpreted several ways. One way is that people are so focused on the activity that they ignore the ride – the process of getting there. For example, in the US, people spend so much time working and trying to achieve success (catch fish) that they do not enjoy their lives. Thoreau probably meant it literally since he was a naturalist who spent time living away from people on Walden Pond – he probably meant that just getting into nature and enjoying the beauty around you was as important as catching fish. Summary of the article I used: According to the National Bureau of Economic Research the percentage of highly paid, white collar older men working more than 50 hours a week has shot up from 22% to 31%, but their wages have not kept pace. They are working more for “marginal incentives” like future promotions, possible bonuses or to avoid being laid off. Further they are taking less vacations and retiring later too. This supports the quote because the quote looks at how people can be so focused on the activity (fishing, or as here working) that they don’t enjoy the ride (being out in nature in the quote, or here in the article spending time with their families or using their higher income to take relaxing
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