“On Being White, Female and Being Born in Bensonhurst” by Marianna de Marco Torgovnick

Summary:

The title of the essay is “On Being White, Female and Being Born in Bensonhurst” by Marianna de Marco Torgovnick.  The purpose of the article is to present a picture Bensonhurst, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York and their people, their value systems, attitudes and beliefs.  The thesis of the essay is the author’s views on Bensonhurst and how it affected her.  The main points communicated in the essay are the idiosyncrasies of the place such as the racial discrimination still being part of their community, the traditional and outdated values being practiced, the sexist views on women’s role in society and how all these factors affected the author.

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