What Does Literature Encourage Us For Other Cultures?

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To what extent does literature encourage us to be more accepting of other cultures? A human’s right lies in the amount of confidence and personality that is fostered by their culture. Essentially, individual are the product of their culture. It moulds and forms an individual into a unique shape, different from any other. Culture allows one to think, speak, and dance in a particular manner, which is why it is important. It can be defined as the characteristics and knowledge of a specific group of people that are defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music, and arts, but not always is it spread by these few categories. It can also be spread by literature. Around the world there are many types of literature…show more content…
I agree with Chimamanda Adichie when she says that “the single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story” (Adichie). She relates in her life that she become blinded by the western literature. Every time she’d go and write something, all her characters would have “blue eyes” and would “[drink] ginger beer”. In life, especially nowadays people fall into mindless traps in which we choose to believe whatever is told to us first because we are too lazy to go on and do some more research on the topic ourselves. Although people do end up accepting that culture, it isn’t accepted in the right state of mind. In most cases it is more offensive than anything else. In my life especially, being a part of a minority is not easy. When I lived in Calgary, there were multiple occasions in which I was harassed based on my ethnicity. Although I was accepted, it was not in a positive way. Many people there generalized that all Muslims were terrorist and that it promoted nothing but violence, which is horrifically wrong. Through corrupt literature and media, these people began to believe something that is completely untrue. They believed the “single story”. Anyone who has studied Islam knows well that it does not
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