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025 Gesticulate
 

Foundations of America

QU201 Prof. Scott Leone

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025 Gesticulate

Gesticulate is to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech.   In Ragtime, Henry K Thaw has been sent to prison for the murder of Sanford White due to having an affair with Thaw’s wife Evelyn Nesbit.  While in prison, Thaw is still a cruel person, treating the guards and Evelyn with disrespect.  In the context of the story, Doctorow describes Thaw as gesticulating wildly towards Evelyn when she comes to visit him in prison. This is very embarrassing for Evelyn, so she covers her face under her hat so people don’t notice her reaction.  Thaw’s behavior is generally hostile towards others, and the reader can see that when he interacts with Evelyn.       

  As this picture shows a man in a woman’s face expressing his attitude towards her, the reader can tell that it is not a positive reaction. An assumption can be made that this is what Thaw was doing towards Evelyn just by knowing the type of person he is.  Evelyn has taken the verbal abuse from Thaw just as this woman is doing so here. 

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