Lillian B Rubin Analysis

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Linda M. Hasselstrom and Lillian B. Rubin come from very different backgrounds, one from a big city and one from secluded area with no one around for miles. What they lack in common backgrounds, they make up for in the style of writing. They both write about their personal experiences and make you feel as if you are there with them. The purpose of this paper is to justify the different views that these two authors have on the use and ownership of firearms. New Historicism is concerned with relating the idea of a text to other key concepts: culture, discourse, ideology, the self, and history. (Literature Resources/ New Historicism) This will help the readers know a bit of background of the authors, which will help in knowing the different…show more content…
Rubin is a strong feminist and says “I’m quite certain that I wouldn’t be standing here if there had been no feminist movement” (Rubin L. B., Dear Graduates, 2008)Rubin is a sociologist and psychologist who published 12 books. In her article, “Guns and Grief” (2007/2010), she talks about the slaying at Virginia Tech in 2007. Since she is a psychologist, she questions the various influences on Cho Seung-Hui, who was the killer in the attacks, and how these forces affected his actions. As she states “I’ve spent my whole professional life examining the dynamic relationship between social institutions and individual psychology.” (Rubin L. B., Dear Graduates, 2008) Rubin’s background in psychology gives her a different prospective in how to analyze every…show more content…
“With some reluctance I decided to try carrying a pistol.” (Hasselstrom, 1991/2010, p.359) Hasselstrom sat through all the classes and received a license from the sheriff, making it legal for her to carry the gun. She did not skip any steps, and made all the precautions to be safe while carrying the gun. But as she made clear, “Just carrying a pistol is not protection enough; avoidance is still the best approach to trouble.” (Hasselstrom, 1991/2010, p. 359) Hasselstrom’s approach was not to go around shooting people that put her in harm’s way, it was there for a sense of security, just in case something bad were to happen. Hasselstrom’s last point is how carrying the pistol helped her get away from potential attackers. “Right over there,” I said, still being polite. “- there, and over there.” I pointed with the pistol, which I slipped under my thigh. Within one minute the cans and the men were back in the car and headed down the road. Hasselstrom was in no state to use the weapon, but after being polite failed to work; she had to use another tactic to get these attackers away from her. Therefore keeping herself safe and out of harm’s way. This just goes to show that when put in a situation with no other outcome, showing that you have another form of protection will draw the known assailants

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