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Masculinity at Deliverance by James Dickey The book Deliverance by James Dickey portrays the essence of middle-aged persons undergoing the mid-life crisis through which they need to demonstrate to themselves and more importantly everyone else that they still have the power, bravery, wisdom, and charm believed to be society's ideal of "masculinity." Dickey's four chief characters tackle a risky adventure to fulfill their egotistical complexes and demonstrate the world that they're still the strong young guys their wives wed. Each character represents another stereotype of the middle-aged individual, and therefore experiences a different kind of psychological and physical journey than their peers. The character Drew Ballinger in Deliverance is a sales manager at a soft-drink company who is very dedicated to his son and his occupation. Drew is the character that reflects the middle-aged man's desire for attention and talent. Drew plays the guitar and his songs is his true companion. Without having any gift, as he would be the first to tell you, Drew played powerful well, through utter devotion. (Dickey, 11) To Drew the highlight of the excursion is his duo with Lonnie, an uneducated banjo player. Drew clearly finds this the most exhilarating part of the experience in that he's the middle of focus and is playing very nicely with a talented young man. I hadn't ever heard him play so well, and I truly started to listen deeply, proceeded as an unmusical person is transferred when he sees that the music is meant.I could not see Drew's face, however, also the back of his throat was sheer joyI was thankful for Drew's fascination that we had come. Jus...