Iron Bonding Analysis

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In the Iron Bonding essay by Alan Buczynski, the emotional life of men is expressed through the perspective of a working man. Even though the men don’t openly express their emotions, they still do so in subtle fashion. Through details and similes, the way men express their feelings is revealed. The speaker has a degree in English, but decides to be an ironworker anyways. He constantly interchanges conversations with “blue-collar maulers and precise academicians.” When one-time asked, “Do you guys ever say, ‘I love you’ to each other,” he replies, “Certainly. All the time.” While the speaker believes his statement to be true, others don’t believe men can display their feelings so openly. Others think that “men’s emotional communication skills are less advanced than that of chimpanzees” or “no more communicate with one another than can earthworms.” The speaker even says that “iron workers may well validate this theory.” Yet, iron workers still express their “emotional issues” in a “very direct” manner. One of the speaker’s co-workers expresses his feelings very vividly and bluntly through recounting an experience. He describes how his father shot “the wrong cat,…fur was splattered all over…and he’s hollerin’ and man” and the co-worker “was cryin’.” Everybody didn’t “all get up from their beers and..hug him.” It was only “a story, not therapy.” So while the emotions were expressed very deeply, the other men didn’t show their empathy through physical intimacy. The speaker is also as close to his co-worker, Ron, “as 29 is to 30.” This simile exemplifies how relationships between two men can be very close. One time, the speaker’s
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