Conflict Can Not Survive Without Your Participation

863 WordsNov 14, 20164 Pages
“Conflict cannot survive without your participation,” uttered a renowned author by the name of Wayne Dyer. Dyer implies that conflict can only continue if you keep yourself in the situation. This remark identifies the foundation of the plot in the short story “By Any Other Name,” written by Santha Rama Rau, where conflicts arrived to the main characters when they attended their new Anglo-Indian school due to their mother’s ill state. They encounter the headmistress for the Anglo-Indian school, who decides to change their names from Premila to Pamela and Santha to Cynthia, since it was an Anglo-ran school and it provided more convenience for the adults to say. Both of them had to adapt to their new educating environment, cultural struggles, and names, which the main narrator, Santha, questioned many times throughout her story. Their Anglo-Indian experience was short-lived, lasting within a week, as Premila was fed up with her teacher and brought along Santha back home permanently. Their unpleasant experience that prompted them to leave the school was led by a single factor, which was that they were of “Indian” ethnic background. Because of their cultural identity, the sisters faced conflicts such as man vs. man, man vs. self and man vs. society conflicts. To begin with, because of their cultural identity, the sisters faced man vs. man conflict. First in paragraph 13, there were English students who giggled at Santha because she didn’t know her name when the teacher asked.
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