Let Us Now Praise Famous Men Analysis

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James Agee and Walker Evan’s work Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, explores the rural poor during the Depression Era and seeks to expose the reality of the people’s situations, while simultaneously attempting to disrupt the illusion of objectivity. This work is persistent in its battle between being a realist text and being a modernist work. In Agee’s writings, he constantly muses over his inability to remain objective and to capture life as it is happening. This anxiety is often at its peak whenever Agee’s and Evan’s journey forces them to cross paths with Blacks. While some may critique the work for its brief, and often uncomfortable, scenes of the Blacks that Agee has encountered, I argue that he purposefully does not attempt to study a Black
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