Figure 14: Essay Excerpt on the Mass-Man, Ortega Y. Gasset

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Barbarism, in regards to the mass-man, is the absence of norms, standards and authority; it can be manifested in a number of ways.  The mass-man has a number of ideas, but fails to incorporate those ideas.  He lacks the faculty to debate.  He doesn’t see the atmosphere surrounding him where ideas are normally bred and live.  He desires to express opinions, but does not accept the conditions for having ideas to express.  As a result, his ideas are expressed as comical and humorous; “[t]o have an idea is to believe that one has reasons for having it, and thus to believe that reason exists” (Bellow 62).

Figure 14: Essay Excerpt on the Mass-Man, Ortega Y. Gasset

Excerpt Outline

The first sentence is a topic sentence.

The second sentence begins the elaboration phase, the act of applying specifics and detail.

The third sentence continues to define the “mass-man” as barbaric. He lacks the faculty to debate and exercise “intellect.”

The two sentences in bold (4) and (5) are pivotal because they paint a clear picture of the “mass-man.” We can picture the “mass-man” not accepting the proper way of expressing

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