The Falling Man

One regular morning for the people of New York City, on September 11th, 2001, suddenly changed. People were burnt alive, jumping out of the Twin Towers, and suffocating from all the smoke that was caused. One man in particular, jumped out and was head first and there was a picture taken and the man got the name “The Falling Man” because of the photograph.

At first it was just thought of as an accident until it had struck once again. The Twin Towers, both the north and the south, were hit by planes. After the second plane had struck, the people of New York City, as well as the whole United Nation, thought that America was under attack. The entire morning and much after that was just a complete tragedy. The United States was in severe shock from that point forward. Later on before both of the buildings had made their way down, human individuals were ending their lives right then and there by jumping out of the Twin Towers instead of burning or suffocating to death. The people in the Twin Towers were brave on September 11th, 2001, as well as the rescue squads that came to help the morning of the tragedy.

There was the man named “The Falling Man” because of a photograph taken of him going head first plummeting straight to the ground. Richard Drew, the photographer, described “the falling man” as he entered his final seconds of his life. Drew’s description was that the man “appears relaxed, hurtling through the air”, which shows that people that day in the Towers were extremely brave. Drew also describes the man to be wearing a “white shirt, or jacket, or frock, is billowing free of his black pants. His black high-tops are still on his feet.” Drew explains that everyone else that had jumped that day seemed as if they were “struggling against horrific discrepancies of scale.”  Most individuals in that situation would’ve done like most people and struggled with falling to their death, but the falling man wasn’t that way. The falling man was one of the bravest individuals that day because of the way he had fallen to his death in a calm manner.

One regular morning could dramatically change with a tragedy awaiting. The tragedy could be the same as it was on September 11th, 2001, or something totally different. Whatever it may be, the question is “Would you want to suffer from burning and suffocating or end your life right then?”

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