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Throughout life, clothing and body language are often utilized
as sources of emotional expression. These emotions can also be
portrayed in literaray works and artisitic displays, such as those of
Poe, Baudelaire, Manet, and Warhol. In Poe’s “Man of the Crowd,”
there are several descriptions of different types of people based on
their appearances, but one particular man is focused on by the narrator
due to his unique appearance. Baudelaire’s “The Painter of Modern
Life” emphasizes the emotional expressions of beauty and fashion
expressed in art. Manet is an artist who paints scenes to his liking.
All of his works were done in his studio and set up the way that he
wanted them. He holds a particular focus on men and women and the
relationship between them. The positions and clothing that the men and
women are set up in hold strong emotional implications about their
feelings towards one another and the emotions involved in the social
setting.
The opening of “The Man of the Crowd,” describes the emotions
involved in untold secrets and the deepest of crimes; there are
internal conflicts, struggles, anxieties, and agonous results due to the
horror of the unsolvable crimes. The possibility of these crimes is
introduced through the man of the crowd through his unseemingly
unidentifiable expression The narrator describes his thoughts of this
man as:

There arose confusedly and paradoxically within my mind, the ideas of
vast mental power, of caution, of penuriousness, of avarice, of
coolness, of malice, of blood-thirtstiness, of triumph, of merriment, of
excessive terror, of intense - of supreme despair. I felt singularly
aroused, startled, fascinated. “How wild a history,” I said to myself,
“is written within that bosom!”


Although the narrator had never spoken to this man of the crowd, he was
compelled to follow him based on his expression that had never been
viewed by the narrator. He continued to follow the man of the crowd,
noticing his patterns of following people by the mass and his shambled
cloting and he concluded that he “[was] the type and genious of deep
crime. He refuses to be alone.”
Prior to viewing the man of the crowd, the narrator observed
several different types of people, all of which were able to be “read”
through their outward appearances.. The most numerous amount of
individuals were business men. The first type of business men “

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