Al Franken, Giant of the Senate Setting & Symbolism

Franken, Al
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Minnesota

Undoubtedly proud of his home state, Franken actively interjects colorful facts about both Minnesota state and Minnesotans as people throughout his narrative. For example, he devotes several paragraphs to the political concerns of those on Minnesota's Iron Range who "have been providing the iron ore for America's blast furnaces for well over a hundred years," an unimportant fact in relation to Franken's narrative, but an interesting fact about a lesser-known place in Minnesota (82). He takes pride in his role as a true spokesperson for the people of Minnesota, and subsequently seeks to inform the reader of practical and proven methods taken by Minnesotans to tackle state-level policy challenges. He claims, for example, that when he spends time in his state, he sees Minnesotans "making great advances in clean energy and energy efficiency that could wind up being game-changers in the fight against climate change" (386). His connection with...

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