In Things Fall Apart, the character Okonkwo is proud of his culture and wants to keep it alive. He shows courage by declaring he will fight in a battle against the colonizers if it saves the traditions and customs of Umuofia. Okonkwo says, “Afraid? I do not care what he does to you. I despise him and those who listen to him.
The modern hero is often characterised by the mere instinct to survive in a world which has no known reason for existing. The war is often fought against meaninglessness in order to create meaning and value. The heroes have a code of behaviour rather than code of ethics. The world is seen as having no internal order and as such “anything goes”. The hero is as likely to be dishonest and immoral as the enemy giving only the end to determine who is glorified and who is
The American dream is having equality, a voice to be heard and stability in one’s life. However, the American Dream is just that, a dream. It cannot be attained because of the power of our government, the ignorant minds of others and the constant want for more. What should be trivial factors in life, such as: race, gender, social class, wealth, etc., all have a significant effect on the impractical American dream. the “TED Talks” video proves this.
His father is fighting for equal employment opportunities. Martin holds his father in high esteem, he admires him for his courage and enlightenment. “The beer company did not hire Blacks or Puerto Ricans, so my father joined the picket line” (Espada) This demonstrates his father’s instinctive reaction to pursue social equality. In particular, although a simple adverb, the word “so” used by Espada implies he viewed his father’s actions as an immediate moral obligation. Despite being well aware of the risks considering he had been jaded by the cruel realties of the word.
Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom is a triumphant narrative of one man’s trials and tribulations as he struggles vehemently to dismantle the system of Apartheid: “the codification in one oppressive system of all the laws and regulations that had kept Africans in an inferior position to whites for centuries” (Mandela 111). Mandela was a freedom fighter who dedicated his life to the creation of a nonracial and egalitarian South Africa. Throughout the autobiography, the leader grapples with the concept of violence as he struggles to make changes while maintaining a positive and reasonable public image. Mandela eventually chooses to utilize violence, but he does so reluctantly as a means to achieve cooperation and compromise with the government. Through Mandela’s story, we see that violence is justifiable and effective
Granted, the American dream means something different to everyone, but that’s also the beauty of it. James Gatz had to work hard for everything he had earned, “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people...The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself” (Fitzgerald 104). Gatsby didn’t want to live the life his parents had, he wanted to pursue fortune and fame, so he decided to follow his dream by running away and working his way through many hardships. This hard work and determination is what makes the American dream so unique because only in America can someone work so hard to go from being dirt poor, to having endless luxuries and living the life they want as Gatsby had done. Further, Nick was explaining his family’s lineage when he stated, “The actual founder of my line was my grandfather’s brother who came here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on today” (Fitzgerald 7).
For Holden this is impossible because growing up and conforming to society was his biggest fear. This was also a big fear for Allen Ginsberg, an activist in the Beat movement. Although Salinger was not associated with the Beat movement, there is a strong connection between Salinger and the movement. The biggest similarity between Salinger and Ginsberg is the stress for the individual. In Ginsberg's poem Ginsberg’s nonconformism; America is ran by “responsibility”, that “Businessmen are serious.
Metro Manila is a mix of drama and crime thriller film that was set in Manila itself. It was able to show the underlying truth of the people living in the slums and are ostracized by society. Oscar’s personality was evident that he’s a hardworking man who would do anything for the good of his family. He moved to Manila in hopes of having a better life because he didn’t receive enough money that he deserved from being a farmer. An issue that is still patent in our country is belittling the farmers who actually are the ones providing us food from the market.
I think he just wanted to pursue life in a different way. Chris was not seeing life the way anyone else was, so he decided to brush off into the wild and be free on his own. Though he did not survive, he was still a very bright, arrogant human being. Shaun Callarman states, “He had no common sense, and he had no business going into Alaska with his Romantic silliness.” Chris knew going into the wild that he did not have much survival skills, but that did not stop him from doing what he wanted to do because he did not care about society and was just completely over everything which was why he made the move to the wilderness. This clearly shows us that Chris did not have much common sense.
The term ‘decolonized’ is popular among activists of colour, yet is very loaded and hard to pin down. It has been used to free minds but it also has divided communities. The process of “decolonized’’ should not place colonization as the central point of our culture, nor should it romanticize our indigenous past .These trains of thought perpetuate the point of view of the dominant culture of today. Rather “decolonization’’ should be a process of changing a way we view the world. Frantz Fanon wrote- “Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land and from our mind as well.’’ The residue of colonization allows for the continued stratification of people.