The world is filled with many different types of societies and cultures. This is due to the fact that many people share dissimilar beliefs and ideas, as well as diverse ways of life. People lived under different circumstances and stipulations, therefore forming cultures and societies with ideas they formulated, themselves. These two factors, society and culture, are what motivate people to execute the things that they do. Many times, however, society and culture can cause downgrading effects to an assemblage if ever it is corrupt or prejudiced. Society and culture not only influences the emotions individuals have toward things like age differences, religion, power, and equality but also the actions they perform as a result. People of …show more content…
The laws that one society has may only support one type of religion as another may support a different one. When cultures intertwine and mix, varied feelings will be felt and unpleasant actions may be the outcome from them. Take the story of Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, for example. In the story, the Ibo people were living in harmony and went about their daily routines until the English men arrived and damaged everything. They brought a new religion, Christianity, which had completely different concepts than the one that the Ibo tribe had been following. Many converted and chose to join the world of the Christians while the others stayed loyal to their culture. “He went back to the church… He would return later to his mother and his brothers and sisters and convert them to the new faith” (Achebe152). Nwoye was allured to this new way of life showed to them, and as an outcome, he joined the English men. By the end of this story, the whole Ibo culture was obliterated and destroyed. Their way of life became but a memory in the history of the world. Culture cannot only change the views one has on religion, but it can also destroy that faith. The way a society is run and how things are enforced also can cause negative feelings towards power. It can cause many to rebel if they feel that a leader has too much control, and it can also make people covet and desire such strength leaders have. In Julius Caesar, Cassius
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This is shown in many places throughout history and recreated in fiction. Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night gives an example of abuse of power when Franek, the foreman of the depot Wiesel worked in, used his authority to bully Wiesel into giving him his gold crown by attacking his father. “This went on for two weeks. It was untenable. We had to give in. That day, Franek burst into savage laughter.” (pg 56) Franek knew that he could target Wiesel’s father without getting in trouble, so he was able to get what he wanted by the use of his power. Lord of the Flies by William Golding also shows how power corrupts people. When Jack became the chief of his own group, he and his accomplice, Roger, gained almost complete power over the boys on the island. They were able to do what they pleased, including hurting other people. “The chief snatched one of the few spears that were left and poked Sam in the ribs… The prodding became rhythmic. Sam yelled… Roger edged past the chief, only just avoiding pushing him with his shoulder. The yelling ceased, and Samneric lay looking up in quiet terror. Roger advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority.” (pg 182) Jack and Roger used their power over other boys to scare SamnEric into joining their “tribe”. Similarly to Franek, Jack and Roger inflict physical harm upon others to get their way, proving that those in power become abusive of their lack of
As humans when we have power we find ourselves using it to better ourselves. We take power of granted or use it for our advantage. Some people would say it’s “Human nature.” Power is when you have authority or control over things. Many times when power is given to the wrong person things are ruined. This is because when people have power they think about what they want and not about other people's opinion. Frequently people with power think they are better than everyone else and always know what's right. There are many times in history when power influenced or created destruction. Innocent people can be manipulated by authorities and forced into doing something that they have no desire doing. This is common pattern in history. For example Hitler was given power and created a government that killed more than 6 million innocent people. This was a prime example that when power is given to the wrong person destruction is the product. In his novel, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury shows that when power is given to the wrong people, destruction is often the outcome. After there is destruction, you have to build up from what you have left.
A perfect example of how power has a negative effect on others would be King Creon in Anitigone. In Anitogue she tries to bury her own brother Polynices. But King Creon stated that anyone who tries to bury him will be killed. This shows that the king has absolute power over the people and is willing to kill Antigone over her trying to bury her own brother. This also shows that the peasants have no power and have if they don't follow the rules they will be punished. These examples prove that power has a negative effect on others because whoever is in charge has absolute power over the people.
When one is given excessive power it will bring a realm of destruction for everyone around them. While reading Antigone one can conclude. People with power have negative effects on others because they let the power go to their heads.
Power can allow the person in charge to evoke fear to get people to do what they want. Here is an example from the play, Antigone, When King Creon uses fear to get his people to do what he wants. Another example is from the game, Infamous: Second Son, the head of the D.U.P., Augustine uses fear to get people of Seattle to turn in Conduits(people with abnormal abilities (powers) that normal people feared). Power in the wrong hands allows leaders to do whatever they want with no one stopping them. Power in the wrong hands has death in it. Power in the wrong hands also has violence written
A lot of people have proven that power creates a big difference in a society. Individuals can come together and abuse it. Power is what makes people feel superior to others. Power has a negative effect on others because people with power control people and treat those beneath them with contempt.
Possessing a certain amount of power is not a bad thing. It is the love for power and the desire for more that ends up eventually destroying one’s mind and body. The desire for power corrupts one’s mind and will cause them to make decisions that will result in the destruction of theirs and other’s futures.
How does our power change in relation to others? The more power people have the more they will use it for their own needs or beliefs and it makes a person Ruthless. For example In the story Antigone Creon of was the one who had too much power, In the article Showdown over oil pipeline the government held all the power.
In the hands of the just, upright, and pure, power can be a great asset but in the wrong hands power can be a horrid disaster. Often power is thought of as good but sometimes like here in Antigone it is more of a hurtful thing that leads to pain and suffering. Therefore, power has a negative effect on the majority of people because death is often tied to power in someway due to a controlling leader.
The poet, Percy Bysshe Shelly once wrote “Power, like a desolating pestilence, /Pollutes whate’er it touches.” This statement is valid because in there have been many people in the world who have been granted power, and have abused that power. In the historical novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, there are many examples where the characters go mad with power. Marquis d’Evrémonde, Madame Defarge, and the Jacques are the few characters who show this quality more than others.
How does power corrupt people. Think about it, have you ever met somebody that just freaked out because they were under rule. People get mad when they go under rule because they can't do stuff themselves. Does power make people think they have to obey everything or just makes them think they are under it for their own good.
Power itself is not necessarily a bad thing; in many cases power produces positive results. It is when power is combined with abuse that the problem begins. In Animal Farm by George Orwell, it studies the topic of power. Indeed, the story suggests that when people are given too much power, power will be abused. One way power is mistreated is by the pigs violating the seven commandments. Power is also abused when the animals try to get rid of each other. Another way in which power is misused is in the attempts to brainwash others.
The amount of power one has dictates where they are on the social scale. The effects of higher power has the capability of making people mentally disordered. William Shakespeare conveys the idea that the desire for power can make an individual incapable of having the right mindset. In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, we see the main character, Macbeth, become the tragic hero of the story as he deals with issues such as the dark world, prophecies and the kingships. Those topics all range under the theme of power corrupting one's persona. Macbeth did not want the development of power, he wanted to take authority fast and with no questions asked. The character of Macbeth is made into a ruthless tyrant by none other than those he surrounds himself with, his pride and confidence overtakes his mind and sends him into absolute madness.
A major aspect of one’s society is religion. Without it, the way people hold themselves accountable would be nonexistent. In addition, many moral standards that exist today are values taken directly from religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Currently, there exists a feud between people who believe in a god, and of those who do not. Eventually those who believe in a higher power will fight against each other. In “Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe brings to light the differences and similarities of Christianity and Animism in order to demonstrate the effects of religion upon one’s society, which is exemplified by Okonkwo and his people. This is noticed in the lives of the Ibo, the missionaries, and