Would Duke be as memorable without his tattoos?

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I agree with many of the other commenters - the tattoos served to draw attention (which is vital in a performer, and thereby contributes to his success), but there are far more tattooed people than sword swallowers in the world. He wouldn't need that tattoos to be identified by the public; people would just say "remember that sword-swallower?" rather than "remember that really tattooed guy? Oh yeah, he also swallowed swords?" So I think Duke's tattoos were more important to him than to his overall success.
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Kendra M Parker wrote: 08 May 2018, 11:54 As a reader, I think it is Duke's personality that makes him memorable. Sure, his tattoos are pretty cool. I loved how much he reveled in them and the special meaning that each one had, but I think his personality on the stage is what keeps people riveted to his performances. The tattoos just catch people's attention to watch him in the first place.
Very nice description and good way of looking at it!
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Mr Justin wrote: 11 May 2018, 06:57 Duke Reynolds would not have been memorable in the mind of his audience at the circus without the tattoos.
Believe me or not his audience thronged his shows at the circus not because they loved to watch him perform a fake act, but they were attracted to him by his tattoos.
The tattoos told a bigger story about his invisible character than his visible character.
Similarly, in today’s world people inwardly questions the character of those of whose arms or legs have tattoos.
Biblically, it’s spiritually and morally wrong to mark tattoos on the any part of one’s body.
Interestingly, in Africa, it’s also a taboo for one to mark tattoos on any part of the body.
I love this description! And the cultural and historical points about tattoos!
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I think that at the time period where this novel is based, the tattoos may have stood out before he even did his act. Now, I think that people would focus on the act more than the tattoos.
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I think the tattoos help, but it is the talent and personality that makes Duke so memorable.
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In my opinion, tattoos do not determine who you are as a person. Duke has tats for reasons he find valid for him. Maybe he wanted to express his creativity through this artform. Nowadays, the way that I see it, this body art seemed to be just a person's way of being included in the "in world." They wanted to belong. Imagine a lady wearing off shoulders during a storm just to expose that design at her back? Or a man going to his work in shorts so that the design of inverted cross in each of his calf will be seen by many? I have nothing against tattooed people because I would like one if I had my way; it is just that there were a lot times the way it was handled was not cool.
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I feel Duke's character is more memorable but that may just be because I'm only a reader and not a character of this book I assume his tattoo would be very memorable if I ever encounter him.
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Duke's personality says it all for him. But tattoos are something that catches attention at a single glance, even before you get to know that person. In this case I believe that Duke's tattoos were an integral part of his personality.
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I think the tattoos served as an attention grabber, but his awesome acts and his character are what make him memorable.
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His tattoos made him stand out more. They gave him the recognition. But I think his personality contributed to his success. I remember him more for his tattoos though.
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I think what makes Duke memorable is his personality and the will to be himself. The tattoos are just an expression of this aspect of him.
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I definitely think it helps. You don't want a sword swallower to look like the guy who does your taxes.
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I think it's a combination of Duke's tattoos and personality that make him such a well developed character. HIs tattoos definitely made him standout, but it was his personality that attracted people to him.
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Personally I don't think so tattoos in my eyes is depiction of a person's peesonallity.
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His tattoos only have such a large significance because of the setting. Today, Duke's tattoos would be nothing out of the ordinary. Also, Duke's personality is what makes him truly memorable. I wonder what the first thing people noticed about Duke would be if he did not have the tattoos.
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