Analysis Of David Abrams 's ' The Great Gatsby '

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Jonathan Abrams
Ralph Austen
3 August 2015
Treating the Other
It is common to see throughout history many cases where two groups with different ideals must settle their differences and engage with the other. Often however, a superior/inferior relationship develops and one group falls to the power of the other. Encountering the other will generally lend itself to observation of a group and then an application of a knowledge-power relationship.
Columbus traveled to America to spread Christianity and to find gold and wealth. “The need for money and the desire to impose the true god are not mutually exclusive. There is even a relation of subordination between the two: one is a means, the other an end” (Todorov 10). Columbus needs to discover America to obtain his funds from the Spanish crown. After discovering the new world he would be able to pursue his goal of evangelization.
His motivation for discovering the new world comes from his devotion to his country. The sense of devotion he has for his country comes from his feeling that he is a part of the Spanish nation. In addition to identifying with a nationality, he identifies with a religion.
Religion is important because it plays a crucial role in ordering society. People can be brought together, united by the beliefs they hold. Foremost, any unified congregation “is an exceptionally powerful stimulant. Once the individuals are gathered together, a sort of electricity is generated from their closeness and quickly…
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