"The Box Man," by Barbara Ascher
In the essay, "The Box Man," author Barbara Ascher illustrates the differences between chosen and unchosen loneliness. She supports her claims through allusions and observations of the people that she feels are lonely. Barbara Asher shows the reader that life is a lonely road where one has to be their own companion.
In the beginning of, "The Box Man," Ascher describes observations she made about a homeless man who collects cardboard boxes at night to furnish his home on the streets. She claims that, "One could live like this (p.8)," and further explains that children in her favorite book, The Boxcar Children were able to live a happy life on their own just like the Box Man. Then Ascher creates another allusion for the Box Man to a writer, Thoreau, who leaves his life to live peacefully in the woods. She categorizes both the men as being people who chose to be lonely and shows how the Box Man refused any help from the government because he enjoys the way he lives his life.
In the middle of the essay, Barbara Ascher declares that, "[The Box Man] is not to be confused with the lonely ones (p.13)." She then contrasts the life of two unchosenly lonely women, with that of the life of the Box Man. The first woman orders soup from a local coffee shop and wastes her time breaking Saltine crackers into a million pieces, just so she can fill her lonely void. The second woman is only noticeably lonely because of her six cats, plants and her television and lights on at early hours of the morning. Then, Ascher states that, "The Box Man knows that loneliness chosen loses its sting and claims no victims (p.19)," which shows that choosing to be lonely will not harm anyone, while not choosing does.
At the end of the essay, Barbara Ascher infers that the Box Man knows, "...this is a solo voyage (p.19)," which interprets that everyone is alone, no matter if it is denied or not. She supports this statement by implying that no matter who or what we ne to fill our lonely void, it wil always linger inside of us, so we might as well embrace our loneliness and love ourselves.
The Box Man Analysis Essay
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Box Man Final Draft We come alone in this world and one day we will be alone once again; therefore, we must formulate the choice to achieve things ourselves. That is why in the essay “The Box Man”, Barbara Lazear Ascher writes about the evening customs of diverse people that live alone and by observing these people, reflects on the nature of solitude. She demonstrates that solidity doesn’t necessarily mean being lonely, just alone and explains how lonely and alone are unlike. Ascher uses the rhetorical strategies compare and contrast and imagery and description to demonstrate her views on solidity. To start off, Ascher uses the rhetorical strategy of compare and contrast to reflect on the nature of solitude. She compares the…show more content…
Ascher contrasts the Box Man with the two women to illustrate that being alone by choice will bring you much more pleasure than being alone without will. She gives us these scenarios to bring about the unlike characteristics of people that are alone and how differently each person survives. Ascher also uses valuable description and imagery to reflect on the nature of solitude. She uses specific details to interpret her observations effectively. Ascher expresses the Box Man’s behavior with much detail. She shows us how high his collar was by stating, “His collar was pulled so high that he appeared headless…” as well as specifically telling us how the Box Man preferred his boxes by stating, “...he began to sort through the boxes, picking them up, one by one, inspecting top, insides, flaps… dropped it in a doorway.”. Ascher displays imagery by using figurative language to describe the many characteristics and actions of the Box Man and she details all the observations she has made about the Box Man’s night. The author wants us to perceive how happy one can be in solitude like the Box Man by specifically describing the events that took place and using imagery so the reader can construe her vision clearly. Moreover, Ascher shows us the women who eats soup’s nightly venture. She says in much details exactly how the women orders her dinner and how the she eats the soup by taking the extra Saltine crackers she receives and breaking