In conclusion, the two literary works have the American identity as a central theme. People from different cultures seem to be split between their culture and America. The Mexican siblings are caught between their culture and that of America. Also, the Japanese girl is split between her culture and that of the US. The people from the two foreign cultures seem to identify with the American
A Musician of Many Cultures is from the National Public Radio 's, NPR, This I believe series. in a world were the population of multiracial individuals is steadily increasing, not only is this essay is inspiring, but it is relevant as well as important for the next generation to be exposed to material similar to Ma 's essay. In his essay, A Musician of Many Cultures, Yo-Yo Ma summarizes his personal beliefs. He explains how a persons background and ethnicity does not define who you are, but your choice of expression can. His essay is primarily about his path to acceptance, which shaped who he has become today.
In Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska, Yezierska depicts an immigrant family living in poverty during the 1920s. The narrator Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter out of a family of six watches her family go through marriage, poverty, death, and the evolution of the family dynamic. Sara watches all three of her sisters being forced to marry to men that don’t love because of their status. In the end, Sara decides to move out of the house at 17 to escape the oppressive environment of her Orthodox Jewish father, so she could pursue her dream of becoming an educated teacher. The Bread Givers shows the disconnect between the first and second generation, the alternative gender roles in an immigrant household, and the importance of marriage. Overall, this book shows a different viewpoint of the 20th century.
Percival Everett’s short story entitled, “The Appropriation of Cultures” explores themes of irony and absurdity. The irony lies within each and every page. The story begins with Daniel, who is a young and successful black man with a degree from Brown University. He is also a musician and frequently played old tunes with a group of musicians. The story then shifts as white frat boys make suggestions of what the musicians should play, “One night, some white boys from a fraternity yellow forward to the stage at the black man holding the acoustic guitar and began to shout, ‘Play ‘Dixie’ for us! Play ‘Dixie’ for us!” (91). As the reader, I was confused as to why Daniel would go ahead and sing the song. It’s clearly offensive because it is known
Jazz Jennings is a fifteen year old transgender girl who has spent her life trying to live a normal life. When Jazz was around three years old, her parents started to notice signs that she wanted to be a girl. They spent time researching and found that Jazz had gender identity disorder. The author uses the literary themes, conflict, motivation, and sequence of events to help the reader better understand her story.
Sundiata and The Odyssey are two out of the many great great orally told tales in all of mankind history. In writing, comparing your work to another similar text is extremely important for making your paper understandable to any audience. In this case, I will be comparing the two similar texts, The Odyssey and Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali. Both of these two tables show the characters, Sundiata and Odysseus, long quests of pursuing and accomplishing a certain objective. To reach their goal, both characters encounter obstacles and enemies who want to stop them on their prolonged journey. Another item that is extremely important in both stories is the use and importance of fate. Both characters rely on their fates for assistance and for achieving
In “Death of a Salesman” & “The Tragedy of Macbeth” by Arthur Miller, the character Willy Loman on the modern america, in the 1940’s as cars and appliances ar be made willy is constantly to maintain the best in family as he slowly starts to lose his mind in the world it’s clear that willy only cares about one thing is that it’s keeping up with the people around him.
By the 1920s, African Americans began to migrate to northern cities such as Chicago, New York for the search of a better opportunity. This was known as the “Jazz Age” or “The Roaring Twenties.”
In the time WW1, a wild new popular culture emerged in the United States. In part, it was a hedonistic and extravagant reaction to the hardship and austerity experienced during the war. Some have referred to it as the Roaring Twenties, while others have called it the Jazz Age. When one speaks of the Jazz Age, what comes to mind is a decade of partying, of the Charleston and jazz bands, of female flappers and loose morals, of bathtub gin and speakeasies, all combined and intertwined into a celebration of American technology and ingenuity that, over the course of a decade, provided average U.S. families the materialistic conveniences of automobiles and modern appliances. A truly remarkable chapter of American history, Jazz was the soundtrack to it and came to embody the attitude of the burgeoning counterculture. One of the defining aspects of the Jazz Age was the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural explosion that took place in Harlem, New York. It was a movement wherein African-American writers, musicians, and intellectuals came together to celebrate their culture and create brilliant works of art that not only transformed black culture, but American culture at large. Jazz, being a predominantly black art form, played no small role. Composer William Grant Still was one of the most important musicians of the Harlem Renaissance movement. The values introduced by the
To live in a world where collectivism is a part of society it must be strange to the way we live now. In both dystopian novels everyone has the same rights and is equal which makes them practice collectivism. Throughout both novels they show their separate in relationship and figure out what relationships truly are and overcome the fear of their government discovering them. In Vonnegut’s “ Harrison Bergeron” and Rand’s “Anthem” their societies are the similar in equality but different in their relationships.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This quote from Martin Luther King, Jr reminds everyone that acts of injustice do not occur in isolation; these acts affect not only those directly involved, but anyone who is living in the world that allows these acts to take place. Kenny Watson, the main character from The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis, and Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl living in Denmark in the 1940s, both experience injustice and through their experiences different character traits are revealed. Although, Anne Frank and Kenny Watson share similar character traits, one profound difference is what makes them unique characters.
When we reflected on the stories of Someday My Elders Will be Proud and In Search of Sangam we came together as a group and reflected on each story. In the first story Someday My Elders Will be Proud.A native American woman named Jean from Bismarck, North Dakota, tells the story of how she experienced two completely different worlds. She talks about how her mother raised her and her three brothers after their father left them when she was very young. When the children were young, their mother would go to work and their drunk, abusive uncle would care for them. The abuse from her uncle left emotional scars. Jean does well in high school and qualifies for a scholarship for an elite secondary school. She felt out of place since she couldn't really
They are similar because both of the protagonists are trying to rebel against the conformity that is endorsed upon the communities. They are also different because the protagonists handle their protests in very different ways. This is why both texts are similar and
In Anzia Yezierska’s novel Bread Givers, protagonist Sara Smolinsky exemplifies a rags to riches tale. From a young age it is clear that Sara is driven to be a successful and independent woman. She goes against her father, the patriarch of the family, and decides that she will make her own decisions. This isolates herself from the rest of her sisters as they accept their father’s judgement and allow him to control their lives. Sara truly started with nothing as she was forced to pay her way through college. To further drive home the idea of Sara being self made and achieving the American dream, Yezierska juxtaposes the Smolinsky household on Hester Street with Sara’s living arrangements after attending college. By using vivid imagery and compelling diction to contrast the settings, Yezierska presents an inspirational account that showcases Sara’s rise from poverty.
James Brown was known for many nicknames such as ‘’Soul Brother Number One’’, ‘’the Godfather of soul’’, ‘’the Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” “Mr. Dynamite” and even “the Original Disco Man.” As a child Brown picked cotton, danced for spare change, and would even shine people shoes. At the age of 16, Brown was caught and convicted for stealing, and he landed in reform school for three years. While incarcerated, Brown met Bobby Byrd, leader of gospel group that performed at his prison. While Brown tried semipro boxing and baseball, but a career-ending leg injury inspired Brown to pursue music fulltime. Brown joined Bobby Byrd in a group that sang gospel in and around Toccoa, Georgia.