An individual’s environment can drastically affect their worldview. From the way their parents raised them to the books they choose to read, anything that they encounter can shape their perspective on religion, politics, or education., politics, or education. For example in “An Indian Father's Plea” the sons environment changed when he starts school, gets labeled a slow learner, and cuts off his hair to be like the other kids. In “Where Worlds Collide” when the author and his family move to America they see how different it was than how they expected it to be. Also in “Everyday use” when Dee lives with her mom and her sister she couldn't care less about the butter churn and quilts they had, but after she moved and came back that was all she …show more content…
A family just arrives in America and is experiencing everything for the first time after hearing only stories of boundless freedom and inexhaustible hope. For citizens of America. Citizens of America tend to have the same mentality, America gives off the illusion of freedom for those who grew up within it’s boundaries. However, looking through the lens of an immigrant it becomes clear just how false this freedom is. As soon as this family steps off the plane they see “Do not cross yellow lines… [and] Beware of solicitors signs” (pg. 5) and hear “Unattended cars are subject to immediate tow-away,” (5) it would be hard for them not to feel dissatisfied. This brings up an interesting point, culture is suppressed in one’s mind and they don’t notice how it’s affecting them. In America where blazing sirens and police interference are the norm, it’s not associated with a lack of freedom, but in this story Iyer specifically writes “...there are civilian restrictions every bit as strict as in many a police state” …show more content…
She does this by informing us that she and her sister did things they would have never dreamed of before moving here. She states that "we would endure our two years in America secure our degrees, then return to India to marry the grooms of our fathers choosing"(pg. 89,3 mukherjee). Their original goal was to only be there for college so they could have an education but the environment changed their perspective on the rest of the world. Instead Mira and Bharati got married in America and had jobs they loved. Bharati states, "I was prepared (and even welcomed) the emotional strain that comes with marrying outside my ethnic community"(pg. 89,6 mukherjee). Although Mira did marry inside their ethnic community he wasn’t chosen by their father like he would have been if they were back in India. Instead she married someone she genuinely loved. This suggests that moving to America has changed their views on interracial marriage and moving to a new environment changed their views on many personal
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Bharati argues the two ways to belong in America are to transform yourself as an immigrant, or to be an exile. Her sister, Mira, hangs on passionately to her Indian lifestyle and hopes return home to retire. Although their plan was to study for two years in America and then return to India, both sisters unexpectedly married men of their choice. Which kept both sisters in America for an extended period of time. Meanwhile after living in America for over 30 years, the laws on the benefits of immigrants are implemented only to the new immigrants.
Mira intentionally does not connect to her new country as Bharati does, instead she feels “some kind of irrational attachment to India that [she does not] to America,” (Mukherjee 282). Despite an immigrant’s upbringing, each individual must choose to whether to participate in American culture and customs or to continue to abide to their previous country’s norms. Founded upon a multitude of cultures and countries, America has always embraced and even encouraged diversity in individuals. Established on the principles of freedom, diversity, and democracy, the United States of America provides the opportunity for each of the sisters to live the life they