Discrimination In 'Panache' By W. P. Kinsella

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Both short stories, “Panache” by W. P. Kinsella and “The Composition” by Antonio Skarmeta, examine the effects of discrimination in the contexts of education, sense of citizen’s personal security, and social stratification. While “Panache” examines these issues within a democratic society, “The Composition” demonstrates the same issues from a dictatorship social lens. In conclusion, the purpose topic is to find similarities and differences in the two short stories under the context of discrimination.
To commence, both short stories have many similarities in consideration of when it boils down to the impact on education as a result of discrimination. In “Panache”, there is no literacy education for the Native American characters due to the
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In “Panache”, the Native characters do not have job security due to their racial status as Indians. This can be proven when the co-workers at the mine “have a big meeting with the foreman” (Kinsela 199) to discuss about complaints and to possibly file a petition. This demonstrates that every minute of their time at work, their job is at jeopardy. Another point is that the sense of personal safety is threatened because they are Native Americans. An example of this would be when the truck driver almost ran over Tom. <> Moving on, Tom had to sacrifice his life to protect and provide job security of others due to the tendency to be blamed for the accidents because of his racial profile. In this case, “if the truck [were to] go over, guess who gonna get blamed for, the Indian or the driver?” (Kinsella 200) The chances of the Natives being accused is a very high probability. This proves that the set of extreme measures required to secure your job for the Natives are ridiculously unfair and that there safety is being compromised. In “The Composition”, Pedro is worried for the safety and stability of his family. When Pedro asked his father, “are they going to take you prisoner, too” (Skarmeta 84). This forces him to think about and question the safety of his family. Due to the political climate, children are forced to have a political identity of being

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