Suzan Harjo’s, “Last Rites for Indian Dead”,is a student persuasive essay criticizing the destruction of Indian remains. She strongly believes that this is an injustice to American Indians and their remains should be protected by law. She uses rhetorical appeal along with facts and her opinions to why Congress should pass a bill to make sure that her, along with her other families relative’s remains aren’t put up for show in museums. Harjo employs the rhetorical appeals of pathos and ethos effectively. However, her use of logical appeal causes her readers to doubt her claim.
Others such as Kakutani try to explain how the book has its weaknesses, being poorly reasoned and thoroughly unconvincing. I agree and disagree with Kakutani. I believe in some paragraphs she gives very little evidence and doesn’t explain her reasoning. In other instances I believe she is right and makes people second guess what Gladwell is trying to say. Gladwell draws a connection between national cultures that “place highest emphasis on effort and hard work”.
The neverending list of examples that bored me was however substantial evidence to back up his claim. I am skeptical to agree with this statement as I have found that speaking is an equally if not a greater “essential function”. Speaking came before reading; historically we communicated first through speech and history was passed from generation to generation orally. Without the power of speech, the power of communication may be lost. I agree with and have found insight in Manguel’s statement of “We all read ourselves and the world around is in order to glimpse what and where we are.” We read symbols, gestures, words, others to form our perspective and acquire knowledge.
There as been countless interpretations of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, it seems as if everyone sees it as something else. How is this possible? T. S. Eliot was a brilliant writer, and he wrote this peom in a way that would be hard to understand and interpret. Eliot wanted the people reading it to come up with their own way of descerning what it ment. Many may argue, that their view of the poem is correct, but Eliot would have to disagree.
Cultural relativist theory is not a strong enough theory to protect human rights. That is because it maintains that human values are not universal, and vary a great deal according to different cultural perspectives. Thus, it ignores, and indeed approves of, human rights violations because it has replaced dominant concepts like race, culture, religion, class, and ethnicity or nationality. Activists of human rights must work together to change and stop such harmful and discriminatory practices in many cultures against human rights by promoting their universal nature. In the second part, I argued that Islam (the Qur’an and Sunnah) is not oppressive to women.
When it comes to her love life though, Shazzer cannot completely follow her radical feminist belief and act as though having to wait for a call from a potential love interest had no effect on her. She clearly despises men’s superior role to women in society and tries to tackle this problem by stating her opinion and acting on her beliefs (being a solid believer in sisterhood and putting it over her relationships with men). Shazzer’s character in the novel does not completely fulfill the role of a feminist cliché but she definitely has some characteristics that match up with stereotypical definitions of radical feminists. These character features might prove to be problematic for the novel’s recipients as it is not an obvious ironic presentation of the media’s image of feminist activists and could be understood as criticism on feminism: Readers who believe these feminist images could feel vindicated in their
Precious Knowledge presents the controversial issue of the integration of ethnic studies courses in schooling.Ethnic studies is the study of cultural, racial, ethnic, and gender differences in America. In this essay, I will argue Ethnic studies courses should belong in P-12 schooling, because the classes endorse ideals of America. In addition, people rely on the courses to learn critical thinking of the empowerment of identity. Although advocates for the abolishment of ethnic studies courses argue that the courses create a sense of contempt towards America through racism and are not remarkably significant, they do not fully comprehend the success from ethnic studies and that by taking away the classes, they only promote their fear of students disliking America. Ultimately, ethnic studies promote American ideals, create identity, and only create contempt when being constrained from these courses.
Orientalism refers to a social group who is seen as uncivilized, backward, and outcast people by the dominant culture. In Jenn Fang's discussion, she explains the definition of orientalism and on how today’s society still tends to share orientalist views towards the Asian American people. For instance, the American society views the Asian American people’s fashion as edgy or cool because they dress differently and show no interest in conforming to societies norms. However, this is an orientalist view already since their fashion isn’t a mark of not wanting to conform to societies norms but how their culture dresses. Many Asian American artists have challenged the orientalist assumptions through the use of art.
Therefore, instead of having different distinct cultures, all forms are blended into one. Even though individuals living in America receive several benefits, they lose a sense of their identity. The sense of assimilation partially imposes indigenous people to learn about the characteristics among the majority group. This may include: new genres of music, religion, certain laws, or practices that might be new to a diverse cultural society. Multiculturalism may play a valuable role in retaining one’s traditional roots, but in the end, the price ethnic individuals have to pay is learning new forms of beliefs and customs.