Brooklyn Cop (Stanzas Three and Four) - Norman MacCaig

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  • brooklyn cop - stanzas three and four
    • 'gorilla with a nightstick'
      • extended metaphor of gorilla
      • describing the cop as an animal with a weapon
      • nightstick suggests more basic violence
        • instead of getting shot once, get hit multiple times to do harm
    • 'who would be him, gorilla with a nightstick, whose home is a place he might, this time, never get back to?
      • rhetorical question
      • makes the reader feel sympathy for the cop because he might not make it back home
    • 'who would be who have to be his victims?'
      • makes the reader change their thoughts on whether they should sympathise with the cop
      • he's there to help people and not harm them
      • rhetorical question
      • word choice of 'victims' is there to make us think whether the cop is actually helping people or if he's actually harming them


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