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A descriptive essay written by Jim Holt, “Code-Breaker” is about the life story and achievements of Alan Turing. Holt talked about the various accomplishments of Turing, in spite of Turing’s experience from being homosexual. Holt successfully conveyed the idea to portray Turing’s life through his amazing accomplishments at his time.

One of Turing’s accomplishments is “breaking the German Enigma code during the Second World War,” (337) something that I was not aware of. Holt started the essay by using pathos to sympathize about Turing’s death and that his greatness was not recognized until the nineteen-seventies to eighties after his death. Turing was typically viewed by his sexuality, as a gay martyr regardless of all the things he has done to save humankind from the Nazi.

Holt mentioned how Turing “conceived the computer,” (346) designing “the blueprint for the modern computer” (337). Also, reanalyzed how the brain works, that the human brain “[could be] something like a universal Turing machine” (343). Turing was clearly a very talented man, however, it was disregarded because of again...his sexuality. 

In spite of the negative things that has happen to Turing for being homosexual, Holt was able to portray the great things that Turing has done. Holt ended the essay by mentioning again the achievements of Turing, when he “saved countless lives by defeating a Nazi code, conceived the computer, and rethought how mind arises from matter” (346).

In conclusion Holt was successful to express how homosexuality is mistreated in the past. Holt made us oversee the situation of how great Alan Turing is through all the accomplishments he has done. Even though he was a homosexual, he has done so many great things and that is how we should see Alan Turing as, not all the negative things he had suffered.

Date: 2013-06-15 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bodanna
I agree that Holt was successful in making his audience aware of the tribulations of homosexuals in the 40's. I raised my eyebrows when I learned that they had to take doses of estrogen to inhibit their desires. The essay really shows how far we've come, since then, in so many ways.

Date: 2013-06-16 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] quinoa0316
I agree with you. It is sad that people used to think that being a homosexual was bad and a negative thing. As the comment above, it is really nice to think that there is less discrimination against homosexuals.

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Date: 2013-06-16 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] cmedve
I agree, Holt does a great job expressing the achievement of Turing and effectively allows the audience to look beyond his sexuality and appreciate the person he was.

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Date: 2013-06-16 07:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] barbie1993
Great!I agree with you

Date: 2013-06-17 05:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lanlin
I like how you see Holt's positive purpose of introducing Turing's life story. Despite of being homosexual, Turing was able to make all those amazing achievements. That's how Holt wants his readers to remember about Turing, a hero who saved countless lives, a genius who conceived the computer.

Date: 2013-06-17 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] sparrow1963
I also agree with you. Although there were not many examples that Holt used to describe the life of gay men at that time, he did an excellent job with what info he did provide. Turing's sexuality should have nothing to with his accomplishments, and Holt has done a good job of portraying this and wanting his audience to recognize Turing for his amazing achievements.

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