Poes Man In The Crowd: Types Of People Based On Ap Essay

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Poes Man In The Crowd: Types Of People Based On Appearance

Poe's Man in the Crowd: Types of People Based On Appearance


Throughout life, clothing and body language are often utilized as
sources of emotional expression. These emotions can also be portrayed in
literaray works and artisitic displays, such as those of Poe, Baudelaire, Manet,
and Warhol. In Poe's "Man of the Crowd," there are several descriptions of
different types of people based on their appearances, but one particular man is
focused on by the narrator due to his unique appearance. Baudelaire's "The
Painter of Modern Life" emphasizes the emotional expressions of beauty and
fashion expressed in art. Manet is an artist who paints scenes to his liking.
All of his works were done in his studio and set up the way that he wanted them.
He holds a particular focus on men and women and the relationship between them.
The positions and clothing that the men and women are set up in hold strong
emotional implications about their feelings towards one another and the emotions
involved in the social setting.
The opening of "The Man of the Crowd," describes the emotions involved
in untold secrets and the deepest of crimes; there are internal conflicts,
struggles, anxieties, and agonous results due to the horror of the unsolvable
crimes. The possibility of these crimes is introduced through the man of the
crowd through his unseemingly unidentifiable expression The narrator describes
his thoughts of this man as:

There arose confusedly and paradoxically within my mind, the ideas of vast
mental power, of caution, of penuriousness, of avarice, of coolness, of malice,
of blood-thirtstiness, of triumph, of merriment, of excessive terror, of intense
- of supreme despair. I felt singularly aroused, startled, fascinated. "How
wild a history," I said to myself, "is written within that bosom!"

Although the narrator had never spoken to this man of the crowd, he was
compelled to follow him based on his expression that had never been viewed by
the narrator. He continued to follow the man of the crowd, noticing his
patterns of following people by the mass and his shambled cloting and he
concluded that he "[was] the type and genious of deep crime. He refuses to be
alone."

Prior to viewing the man of the crowd, the narrator observed several
different types of people, all of which were able to be "read" through their
outward appearances.. The most numerous amount of individuals were business men.
The first type of business men "[had] brows [that were knit, and their eyes
rolled quickly." They were also not distracted nor distraught when they were
pushed around by men of their sort. It was concluded by the narrator from these
characteristics that those men were content and "seemed to be thinking only of
making their way through the press." The second type of business men conveyed a
different type of body language; they were restless, had flushed faces, and
talked and motioned to thesmselves. Their motions would increase in number in
addition to an overdone smile, when they were jostled and they would bow
apologetically to the jostlers. Their movements indicated to the narrator that
they felt alone as a result of the large crowd surrounding them. These
movements sounded to me as though the business men were insecure in their
actions and motioned to themselves for purposes of reassurement. Their
apologetic motions were for purposes of acceptance of themselves to the rest of
the crowd. Both types of businessmen were concluded to be independent, "decent,"
and men who were responsible for conducting their own business. These men's
professions were also identified as noblemen, merchants, attorneys, tradesmen,
and stock-jobbers through their actions and body language.
Clerks were other individuals who were able to be recognized through
their outward appearances. The "junior" clerks were "young gentlemen with tight
coats, bright boots, well - oiled hair, and supercilious lips." They were also
perceived as frequently working at desks and it was concluded that they "were
the cast - off graces of the gentry." These men appear to be well groomed and
wearing the latest fashions. They are trying to impress others and the "deskism"
described by the narrator shows that they are hard workers. The supercilious
lips of the clerks places an emphasis upon the clerk's mouths. This is
important because the clerks use the words from their mouths to sell and to make
an impression upon others. They appear to be aggresive because of their
supercilious lips and their bold clothing. They also appear to be ambitious due
to the appearance of them constantly working at desks. The "upper clerks" were

"known by their coats and pantaloons of black or brown, made to sit comfortably,
with white cravats and waistcoats, broad solid looking shoes, and thick hose or
gaiters. They had all slightly bald heads, from which the right ears, long used
to pen holding, had an odd habit of standing off on end."

They also always used both hands when handling their hars, and "wore watches,
with short gold chains of a substantial and ancient pattern." The "upper" clerks
are older men and also wear older clothing. Because their pants were "made to
sit comfortably," they appear to be relaxed men. Their "solid looking shoes"
imply that they want good durability and that they are sensible in their
clothing, and probably in life. Their overall appearance is one of
responsibility and stability; they don't need new clothing because they have
already established themselves.
The gamblers were easily identified through their clothing and body
language. The first type of gamblers wore the clothing of "the desperate,
thimble - rig bully, with velvet waistcoat, fancy neckerchief, gilt chains, and
filagreed buttons." They also had "long locks and smiles." The clothing of the
first type of gambler was seen as "desperate," thus describing a negative
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