The Naked Citadel By Susan Faludi

1940 WordsNov 12, 20168 Pages
There is a massive difference between wanting to keep a tradition alive and being so avid about living in sameness that it becomes dangerous. Fluidity and being open to revision is necessary in order to survive in an ever changing environment. In The Naked Citadel, Susan Faludi recounts the events that occurred during the period that Shannon Faulkner fought for acceptance to the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. Throughout this time, the school community experienced utter chaos as a result of mixed emotions about letting a female gain the honor of becoming a cadet. In The Minds Eye, Oliver Sacks shows the necessity of change in order to survive by describing the changes that blind people made in their lives in order to become as successful as they are today. When an individual is forced to change, they are more likely to tackle the situation with an open mind as a method to make the best of that situation. In contrast, when change is not necessary, it can be much more difficult to adapt due to the presence of fear and insecurities. In order to survive in an ever changing environment it is important to be open to the idea of modification despite fear. Though change can be scary, making modifications can be a good thing. The community of the Citadel was so set in their old ways of only accepting and breeding masculinity that Shannon Faulkner’s acceptance into the school resulted in complete pandemonium, “She would be what one Citadel defender called in his
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