Holidays celebrate an area’s culture and/or the day(s) it commemorates with various festivities and traditions. In Theodore Geisel’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the light-hearted denizens of Who-Ville are preparing to celebrate Christmas. For the Whos, it is a time of fun and merryness, in which they sing and play with one another. This is a time of camaraderie and fellowship between everyone in the town. Apart from this is the antagonist, the Grinch, who dreads the holiday along with the singing, feasting, and other festive activities that the holiday inspires. As an outsider of the society, the Grinch doesn’t understand the celebration and resents it as a result, and it quite peeved by the inescapable uproar that it brings. Christmas
As a young adult, I can say that Christmas gift giving is likewise to language. Similar to how I grasped the language of English and developed it as I got older, gift giving has also grown with me throughout my childhood up till now. Both have evolved into society and culture. Christmas has transformed into a "cultural ritual" celebrated year after year all because of social norms. The idea that society celebrates Christmas and gift giving without having to be forced represents how culture regulates societal behavior. My family and I celebrate Christmas and gift giving every year without having to be forced in any way. From Christmas shopping, decorating the Christmas tree, making Christmas cookies, singing carols, and gift giving, my family and I have always followed the "rules." We are motivated and influenced by society to acknowledge the Christmas holiday and act of gift giving because it is what our culture has been governed to do. Once the "language" of gift giving has been learned and enforced, it then becomes a necessity in society that people automatically follow without
While reading Appenix1, I was able to get a little bit more information how cultural differences influence sensation and perception. When I read how different greetings meant different things in some cultures it made me think of different events and situations.
In the song “Frosty the Snowman”, which was written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson, shows you that your childhood is one that you shouldn’t forget. As you become older, you might lose the memories of the happiness, joy, as well as imagination which made up your childhood. Throughout the song, the narrator does a great job emphasizing how fun it is to play during winter, and how important it is to never forget that by using dialogue, rhyme, together with imagery. The way dialogue impacts this song by authenticating that Frosty has turned into an actual living creature. Rhyming affects this song by helping the reader create an image of playfulness in their mind. Finally, the way the authors used imagery was somehow like in rhyme, but in imagery they gave us
However, the main conflict within the book is that the Jewish population is being persecuted by Nazis. During the war, over six million Jews were killed, and most of those who survived were forced into hiding. They were required to leave their families and friends. If they were lucky enough to find someone who would help them hide from the Nazis, they were usually confined to a very small space such as a basement, attic or farm. This conflict is external and it is man vs. society. The conflict does end up being solved at the end of the novel because World War II comes to an end. Jewish people like Max can finally reunite with their loved ones. For instance, at the end of the novel, Max goes to Alex Steiner’s tailor shop, where he finds Liesel after so many years. (548, Zusak) Being able to hug and be with each other finally without having to hide truly shows that the persecution of Jews, for the most part, had ended. A song that demonstrates the struggles of the conflict very well is “Justice Song” by William Wixley. This song is specifically based on persecution and being treated differently or with disrespect for religion. It emphasizes how justice will come for people who are mistreated for their beliefs, as the Jewish people were. For example, Wixley wrote “ So many people, culture, color, Narrow minded, don’t understand each other, Makes way for hatred, blinded by religion, Don't tell me that I’m living in a free world.” This
After the Holocaust (1930-1940’s), America underwent a drastic cultural and social change. The Holocaust, although occurred overseas sent shock waves through American culture, changing the way we lead our daily lives. America was drastically changed in the wake of the tragic events that transpired in Germany. The Holocaust, although being an international event, had a profound impact on American Culture, affecting its stance of interventionism, and our willingness to bring certain immigrants to our country. The widespread immigration to America that followed the Holocaust also provided a jolt to our culture, as the immigrants provided new facets of our society.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" has made its way into tradition since the 1900's for the National sports to play before a game begins honoring our country and the people who have served it. Therefore when the quarterback of the 49ers, Colin Kaepernick did not stand when the song was played people wondered why and some support him while others were against him. "I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag. I know I am a black man in a white world," wrote Jackie Robinson in his autobiography. Why would someone salute and honor the flag that represents a country that people like Kaepernick feel "hasn’t always fully embraced them" states the article "In The 'Land Of The Free' Are Free To Sit Out The National Anthem?". Multiple other
Generally, if you ask a random person off the street to name the first holiday that comes to mind their answer is going to be either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Thanksgiving takes place on the fourth Thursday in November. Christmas is on December 25th every year. The holidays are the two most celebrated throughout the year in the United States. Christmas and Thanksgiving share many similarities regarding how they are celebrated, but are different when it comes to the international appreciation of each holiday.
Greed: One of the 7 deadly sins, the constant lust for more, and the downfall for many men. Greed is the topic of countless novels, poems, and films. Greed is present in our everyday lives as we are constantly searching for more and more things in hopes of finally becoming content. As we all know, greed will only make you more greedy. The more money we save, the more power we seek, the more materials we consume, the more we will want. In the works of A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, and Brave New World, we see men who were so greatly controlled by greed that it lead to great destruction and loss of one’s self.
Maus is an interesting narrative that tells the story of the Holocaust. The Holocaust is a genocide where the leader, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Germany killed over six million Jews in 1941. As described in “Maus”, the Holocaust began slowly with just discrimination and quickly expanded to mass murders. Hitler was one of the many reasons that the Holocaust and even World War 2 initiated. He rose to power with his ability to lecture and give speeches. Many Germans were convinced that he would bring end to their misery after the oppression they endured during World War 1. The graphic novel, “Maus”, describes the author, Artie, as he interviews his father, Vladek, about what he encountered during the Holocaust. Vladek is old and does not quite cope well with his second wife Mala. Throughout the story, Vladek and Artie share a father-son bond over Vladek’s horrendous experience in many places like Auschwitz. Anti-Semitism is discrimination that still holds true through these days.
As part of the fascist conquest to create an ideal race during the World War II, Jewish people struggled to survive by evading their Nazi hunters and persecution. In Art Spielberg’s Maus he depicts his dad’s, Vladek, Holocaust experience through comics as his dad informs him of his WWII experience. In the novel Jewish people are drawn as mice and German’s cats to show how there is a constant conflict of pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes. Vladek and other Jew are forced to hide, evade, and trick the Nazi soldiers in a similar fashion to the game to survive the persecution of his people. To survive the Holocaust as a Jew numerous sacrifices are required to be made in order to escape death.
“Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock,” Sherman Alexie, the author, depicts a very rare, but normal image of a Native American family. Victor, the narrator, father beat a National Guard solider during an anti-Vietnam war rally. The incident was documented, seeing that his father a Native American. In result of this incident, Victor’s father was imprisoned for two years. After being released from being imprisoned, the first thing his father did was go back to Woodstock, where he says he was he was the only Indian to see Jimi Hendrix’s famous performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner”. Many years later, Victor’s father continued to listen to the famous recording while drinking time and time over again. As years went on, Victor’s parents began to grow apart and eventually separate and get a divorce. In this story, there is a plethora of symbols of “escape,” from problems and pain in many different and unique ways in this story. Music, drinking, a
A surprising theme illustrated throughout the film was how the Jews themselves had a lack of respect or pride for themselves, such as when Professor Fred Lieberman wondered, “why the Jews among them still go on calling themselves Jews”. This passage is one of many showing how the Jews in this film have been mentally beaten down through hatred and racism, leaving many with less pride and dignity. Another good example of this is when Phil tells his Jewish friend Dave Goldberg that he’s pretending to be a Jew for his paper and Dave responds “Why, you crazy fool!”. Dave couldn’t understand why someone would want to pretend to be a Jew and expresses concern as someone unfamiliar to this type of abuse won’t be able to handle it, telling Phil he’s taking in a lifetime full of hatred in a condensed eight weeks. The most appalling example is when Phil’s secretary admits to calling herself derogatory Jewish terms whenever she does something wrong. This
In today’s society, anti-Semitism is often seen as an ideology of the past and not an issue in today’s world. While anti-Semitism may have seen its peak over eighty years ago, it can be argued that there is still prejudice against the Jewish people and that it could even be on the rise again. European Jews faced years of anti-Semitism, leading to mass emigration from their home counties many coming to America. Many Jewish historians question whether the anti-Semitism differed from Europe to America and whether today if anti-semitism still exists for American Jews. Both Shapiro’s We Are Many and Katz’s Why is America Different discuss the issue of American Anti-Semitism and prove that there is still Anti-Semitism within the American community.
The students that make up our school districts come from varying backgrounds. Many of these upbringings do not include or adhere to a traditional Christian Christmas celebration. Therefore, there are two major beliefs in this case which are in direct conflict with each other. These views are people who believe Christmas is a Christian celebration and those who do not.