A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided | Analysis

America. A country filled with people. Most people want to be successful, but not everybody has the same opportunities to achieve success. From birth, you are placed into a box.

A box that categorises you and either gives or takes privileges from you. It is especially people who are extremely aware of what they or their parents come from that work hard and take the chance if it is offered, because it may not return.

Meanwhile, some people are working to reach success, while other people do not take advantage of the opportunities they have, because they live in a country, where they are born privileged.

In Anand Giridharadas TED talk “A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided” the different sides of America is presented in the aftermath of 9/11.

Anand Giridharadas TED talk is filled with contrasts. The first contrast we meet is in the topic. “A tale of two Americas...”. After reading the topic we know that we are going to see America from two different sides.

The biggest contrast is the contrast between the dreamy America with a successful economy and the poor and pessimistic America.

“ America was fracturing into two distinct societies: a republic of dreams and a republic of fears.” (ll.28-29) This contrast shows the different feelings about the republic.

The main contrast in the TED talk is Mark Stroman and Raisuddin Bhuiyan. Two people with two different backgrounds.

One with white American privileges and no qualified education and another with Bangladeshi-roots (l.22) and a background as an AirForce officer (l.6).

The style of writing in lines 119-135 are more formal than the rest of the TED talk. For example, does Giridharadas use words such as “ “fascism” (l. 119) and “moral challenge” (l. 120).

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