In the novel, “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe the Igbo tradition revolves around structured gender role. Everything essential of Igbo life is based on their gender, which throughout the novel it shows the role of women and the position they hold, from their role in the family household, also planting women crops, to bearing children. Although the women were claimed to be weaker and seemed to be treated as objects, in the Igbo culture the women still provided qualities that make them worthy.
We sse this today with the way certain celeberties such as Kanye West dress and how they seemingly are able to wear any "hat" they wish. We look at the rich to be role models simply because of their money and refuse to look at the heart of a person. She hit on the fact that those with little money do all they can to look like something they are not. She talked about the struggle of haveing womens club in the poor neighborhoods as many wouldn't leave a home adress or even attend becase everyone knew they finacial situation but they were going to differnt parts of town to those that didn't to seem like they were a person who were very well off in life. The piece hit om the fact that these chidren were often asked to stop their develepment and work to help the family and for some parenst it was an expectation that the children would care for them. LAstly she talked about war and how it preys on the untutered and poor to fight a battle they knew nothing about. One huge theme of the pieces were that we cannot keep using history and old customs to justify our shortcomings in
Marie Pinschmidt, the author of Life Interrupted does a beautiful job of writing a memoir of her husband. She chooses to divide the book into three different sections. She starts by explaining her daily routine with a feeling that something was wrong. Marie begins telling her ordeal of her husband being hospitalized and the thoughts that were invading her mind. The author swiftly transitions to the past and describes how she came to meet Norm, her husband. At least half of the book focuses on the life that they built together. Marie opens the doors of her heart and lets us see a glimpse of the struggles, victories and happiness that encompassed her marriage. The last part of the book focuses on the decline of Norm’s health and the struggle that the author faces after losing her beloved husband.
“I have been in a place for six incredible years, where winning meant a crust of bread and to live another day. Since the blessed day of my liberation I have asked the question, why am I here?” (Gerda Weissmann Klein). Life has never been easy, especially for Gerda Weissmann, former victim of the cruelty and terror beyond the barbed wire fences of the camps. Always shifting from camp to camp, Gerda Weissmann was a young Jewish lady who was forced to go through a heartbreaking and horrific experience at the concentration camps. The novel, All But My Life, by Gerda Weissmann Klein, is an autobiography that narrates her life in the German labor camps. The years she spent in the hands of the cruelty of the Nazis, did not enfeeble her, instead
Other characters within this novel contribute to the detrimental effects of wealth, appearance and materialistic value, while numbing the lives of those around them
As a story about a culture on the verge of change, Things Fall Apart deals with how the prospect and reality of change affect various characters. To some extent, Okonkwo’s resistance of cultural change is also due to his fear of losing societal status. Long scorned, these outcasts find in the Christian value system a refuge from the Igbo cultural values that place them below everyone else. The tension about whether change should be privileged over tradition often involves questions of personal status. Okonkwo, for example, resists the new political and religious orders because he feels that they are not manly and that he himself will not be manly if he consents to join or even tolerate them.
“The end is nothing; the road is all” is a quote by Willa Cather. It basically means, don’t worry about your destiny, enjoy the journey. I agree with this quote 100% because of some of my own personal experiences that have taught me that the end result is far less important than everything it takes to get there.
It tells us a story about the experience of a boy, living in conditions of Japan during the 1940s. His family is labeled as traitors after Gens dad proudly voices his opinion about the war and his kids follow in his footsteps. The neighbors are all aware of how the Nakaokas are being treated. The kids are bullied, abused by other children, the father is beaten by police officers, Eiko, the daughter, was strip-searched, and people bad mouth them on the streets, yet they do nothing because they do not want to be seen as traitors too. A specific story is when Hanada (a boy who ran from training) was caught and returned.
"Life is a challenge; meet it." If you were told to face your challenge, would you? How would you encounter life's challenges? Good morning, and welcome to the "Personal Growth Festival." Today I will address my speech to the topic of "challenge" and will be relating it to Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing and Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto; texts which I believe will display film and literary techniques in relation to the topic. I hope this speech will spark your thoughts with interesting and useful information.
“Oh look, it’s a terrorist!” These were the words that Yasmin Seweid confronted as white supremacists harassed her for wearing a hijab – a symbol in an aspect of her culture that they disagreed with. Someone’s perception of the world around them significantly depends on aspects of their own culture. Moreover, the cultural heritage of one individual vastly differs from that of the next; that difference is what forms the diverse viewpoints of society. In addition to shaping one’s perspective, culture sculpts the very beliefs and behavior that meld together to form a person. Instances of culture directly impacting a person’s behaviors and beliefs epitomize in Pico Iyer’s “Where Worlds Collide” and Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use”.
The Lower Classes don’t live in big fancy mansions and drive expensive cars. They don’t take vacations in other countries and have the butlers and maids to cook and clean for them the rich do. The Lower Classes work hard in industrial jobs and office jobs to make a living. For this, The Upper Class looks down on them. The author wrote the story to show how the rich played with their toys and had parties, while most of the others in the lower classes work their whole life. He did not want it to be like this, it's just what life was and life isn’t fair for all. Take this for example, Tom had a mistress, Myrtle, who was from the lower class. Tom treated her any kind of way. He abused her. He figured since that he was rich he could treat her any kind of way and it would be ok. This is just the way the rich treated the poor. This was Society.
As he drops on the ground, he asks himself if the others were able to get away. He's assuming Touka and the group are safe (which he can't really be sure of, even though he's sorta correct). He lies on the ground reminiscing a bit of what happened in V14. He says how he's done here... But wait!
The Wretched of the Earth is Frantz Fanon's manifesto on decolonization. It covers the effects of colonialism on the mental health of the colonized in this work, the use of language as a tool of oppression, and the need for a (violent) revolution against the colonial, ruling class, is portrayed very well. Fanon exposes the problems of certain paths to decolonization taken by countries in Latin America. In the first section of the book, Fanon argues that the solution to the recurrent problems of decolonization can only be realized through a violent uprising of the masses Fanon reasons that violence is the only language that a colonialist society understands: "colonialism is not a machine capable of thinking, a body endowed with reason. It is
This is Radio National’s Open Learning programme. Today we start a new series “Soundscape” designed to investigate current social issues as portrayed in new books on the market. I am your host Yoshie Samosir, and we will commence out programme by examining Alice Pung’s autobiography Her Father’s Daughter which will feature the issues, representations and beliefs present which positions the audience to accept the dominant reading of the text. It is a moving story of an unspoken conversation between a Chinese father and her daughter, about growing up and growing old. Alice Pung has had a remarkable life, particularly her movement with the determination of discovering her cultural identity and confirmation of her attitudes and beliefs being a
Education is supposed to inspire young kids and teens to think independently, and allow them to give their personal opinion on a subject, controversial topic, and/or idea. Books, especially the controversial ones, are floodgates for new information and ideas that can be introduced into a young person’s mind. These new ideas and information shows the world for what it is… an unfair, prejudiced, and downright ugly place to live. Reading about the challenges and struggles of others forms questions into any young person’s mind. The questions that form challenge normality, authority, and their own beliefs. Questions are pivotal in the development of a young mind and the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe does just that. This book should be taught in schools because it shows the values and traditions of Achebe’s Igbo culture, persistently teaches life lessons throughout the book, and shows the darker reality of European colonialism in Africa.