Falling Man Essay

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Falling Man The day of September 11,2001, millions of people were in shock the moment they heard that the World Trade Center was hit by a plane. Many images and videos have hit the media’s television screen and radio station. Tom Junod the writer of “The Falling Man”, illustrates his perspective of this shocking indecent even through his article and the pictures he uses in them. Junod’s article brings back the emotion and almost forgotten, painful memory of 9/11. In Tom Junod’s article, he places a photo that strikes America as inappropriate to be seen. But he wants to convey the very raw and tender feelings that will always be in our very souls for the people who were forced to jump out of the building due to many circumstances. The photo is of an unidentified man who is falling from the building, Junod was very descriptive. “In the picture, he departs from this earth like an arrow. Although he is not chosen his fate, he appears to have, in his last instants of life embraced it”(69) The man in this photo is seen to be almost graceful as also stated in the quote. I think that Junod is trying to make his readers aware that the people jumping out of the World Trade Center carry a sense of innocence and misunderstanding of their forced upon suicidal jump. The photo of the man falling, taken by Richard Drew was shown through one newspaper once and never again. Junod brings the picture back to life and portrays it to be a lie. In the beginning of the article he says, “Some people who look at the picture see stoicism, willpower, a portrait of resignation; others see something else--something discordant and therefore terrible: freedom. There is something almost rebellious in the man’s posture, as though he were a missile, a spear, bent on attaining his own end.”(69) In

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