What It Means To Be A Man

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What It Means To Be A Man Thesis Statement: The objective of this essay is to effectively provide the reader with a definition and more importantly a better understanding of the word man. From a religious perspective man was created as an image of God; thus the title man itself should be respected. Many people use the word so often that they never have a full understanding of the word itself. For the most part people give the word the denotation of someone of the male sex, which is understandable, but what I will demonstrate is that the word itself stands for much more.

When I was young my dad would always say things to me like "work like a man." When I did something good it was always followed with "good man," and, when I did something bad, it would never have the word man in it. By the age of twelve I had realized this, but the question I always had was what's a man? In school we were taught the physical characteristics of a man and we were to accept that as what a man truly was.

This is where I start my definition far longer than the two previous.

In my short-lived life to the best of my knowledge I have come up with what I believe is the true definition of a man. I've narrowed it down to what some would say is a symbol, but I would say is so much more. I've come to realize that there is no age limit or requirement for one to be considered a man. Many people think of a man as only someone who is older than around twenty-five. What makes up a man is certain Fernandes 2 qualities. I think there are all qualities that...