In addition, the short story included called “Leg Irons” illustrates the life of a African American man named George Washington who runs away from slavery still in chains and manages to get to the Union Lines. Dated on 1861, two years before the Emancipation Proclamation, the union soldiers that captured him didn’t send him back to his master in the south but instead sent him to a camp, where they keep other escapee. The short comic takes us through the series of tests that George had to conquer. One of them presents some union soldiers stopping him and pointing a gun at him however he walks away unharmed until someone else stops him and does the same thing. This shows the heart-breaking ideology that no matter where slaves went, north or south,
The skepticism of Aanakwad led the father to believe that he “saw Aanakwad swing the girl lightly out over the side of the wagon” (Erdrich 393). Louise Erdrich plays with the reader’s assumptions to prove a point; there is more to a story than stated. “The Shawl” portrays traumatic family issues originating from the narrator’s grandparents. Erdrich shows the parting by describing the lasting and detrimental effects on the family each generation. Erdrich, however, utilizes both symbolism and human assumption to convey her point. Erdrich displays Aanakwad’s emotions to symbolize a cloud and the shawl’s memories to show effects.
In An Inspector Calls the character Sheila changes and matures significantly throughout the play. Priestly aims to encourage and persuade the 1912 audience to consider the negative power of capitalists and that socialism is a better way forward. Sheila contributes to Priestly’s moral message about socialism and capitalism by emphasising the possibility for change which is up to the younger generation.
In “Longing to Belong”, Saira Shah gives you a look into the life of a 17 year old girl longing to understand her parents heritage and trying to fit into a culture that is so much different from what she knows. Having a father who originates from Afghanistan and a mother who originates from India. Saira wants to learn the culture of her father’s afghan routes. The author feels the only way in to learning is by being betrothed into an arranged marriage. The author states that her uncle in seeing “two unmarried” daughters in the company of a chaperone visiting his home, concludes that they were sent to be married. (38) The author shows that she is in favor of this when she says, “I was taken aback by the visceral longing I felt to be a part of
Consequently, she then prohibits him from coming into her room to watch her get ready; Arjie narrates, “I positioned myself outside my parents’ bedroom door. When Anula arrived with the sari, Amma took it and quickly shut the door” (Selvadurai, 16). Here, Arjie’s mother, or Amma, literally shuts him out of her room, the setting of feminine expression. On the other hand, Radha Aunty rather invites Arjie into her room: “For the rest of the afternoon, Radha Aunty allowed me to play with her makeup and jewelry…” (Selvadurai, 49). In contrast to his mother, Radha Aunty encourages him to express himself and his femininity; she becomes a surrogate mother and female figure for Arjie. Similarly, Daryl Uncle becomes an alternative male figure that Arjie can trust and be himself around. His parents, especially his father, does not approve of Arjie engaging in any activities he considers even slightly feminine. When Arjie was younger, his father found him reading Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women “ and declared it to be a book for girls, a book that boys should not be reading” (101). Naturally, Arjie is hesitant to show his book to Daryl Uncle in fear of being ridiculed again; however, fortunately for Arjie, Daryl Uncle comments, “‘Little Women… used to be one of my favorite books” (105). Unlike Arjie’s father, Daryl Uncle does not question
During the Renaissance period, arranged marriage was very common due to the fact that money, political power, and land would result from the marriage. Even though arranged marriages are depicted as an incompetent commodity there are benefits of the marriage for both the husband as well as the wife and that is why there are still arranged marriages today.
The film "Dadi 's family" is about a family in Northern India. In the movie we are introduced to a family that consists of a big extended family living one one household. This film explores the idea of family and the roles that women play in the households. In the film we are introduced to six roles that are performed in the day to day household. The six roles exposed in the film would be the roles of daughter, mothers, mothers-in-laws, daughters-in-laws, sister-in-laws, and sisters. “Dadi 's Family” is dedicated to demonstrating how women in Dadi 's household fight to secure their status around the idea of the dominant patriarchal mentality which insists that females are the inferior caste. The dedication to the production of the film
Most girls want to be pretty, popular, smart. The three girls take on the Hamptons for the first time as Au Pairs. They don’t know what they gotten them selves into until they arrive. They all are searching for love, truth, and identity this summer.
“Bend it like Beckham” is a comedy movie about Jess – a 18-year-old girl who belonged to two different cultures. She was born and grew up in London but was raised by an Indian traditional family. Therefore, she herself always tried to balance among inner contrary cultural values. Jess had great passion for football and desired to become a star like her hero, David Beckham, whose posters she adorned her room with. Like her friends, she craved for freedom and her own interest. However, Jess’s parents expressed their strong disapproval of her taste and dream. Instead, they expected her to study law and work as a lawyer. They also hoped that she would marry an Indian man later on and devoted herself to the well-being of her own future family. At last, despite the disagreement from her family, Jess was determined to pursuit her own ambition. From Jess’s story of the contradiction between her wishes and her family’s expectation, the viewers can see the sharp difference between British and Indian cultures. In general, this movie can be considered as a valuable material for intercultural communication teaching and learning. What is more, it is expected to be beneficial to those who would like to explore British and Indian cultures in particular. In this writing, I will deeply analyze two main cultural value concepts including individualism versus collectivism and feminine versus masculine.
“In thirty-three years of marriage, we have lived in every part of North America. By choosing a husband who was not my father’s selection, I was opting for fluidity, self-invention, blue jeans, and T- shirts, and renouncing the three thousand years (at least) of caste-observant, “pure culture” marriage in the Mukherjee family” (Mukherjee 548). Moving to America was a new beginning for Mukherjee, and she took every advantage of that. Marrying outside of her father’s choosing opened a new world of opportunity for her. She was able to wear what she wanted, travel wherever she wanted, and make herself who she wanted to be without her Indian heritage holding her back. Mukherjee was embracing the American culture in every way she possibly could.
I attended Scientology’s dirty tricks on September 15th at the Cronkite Theater. The lecture series featured Tony Ortega as he focused on his writing and the research he used in his book. Tony Ortega’s book “The Unbreakable Miss lovely” is about the tortured life of Paulette Cooper. Before attending this event I had never heard of Paulette Cooper. I learned that Paulette Cooper’s story first begin by her barely surviving the Holocaust as a baby. Her parents suffered tragic deaths which ultimately lead to Paulette’s entrance into foster care. The lectured then turned to about the lengths in which the church of scientology went to attack Paulette. I realized the attacks stemmed around the critic of her book “The Scandal of Scientology” I
Badami’s The Hero’s Walk tells the tale of the tragic death of Maya and her husband Alan in a car crash in Canada. We have only Nandana to replace her mother’s position in Sripathi’s family as a granddaughter in India. The novel is about Sripathi, his wife Nirmala and their family relationship, conveys the lives of impoverished Brahmin people living in India and it also talks about traumatized child, Nandana, who loses her family suddenly in an accident and reluctant to adopt her grandparents, their culture, tradition, surroundings and old values, which seems to be very different from her. Though she lives and grown up from the modern world, Canada that makes struggle to have a relationship with her mother’s family.
In Adichie’s story, the women are meant to be the embodiment of societal ideals, expected to follow the rules that society has set. Comparing Chikwado and the narrator, it becomes evident that Chikwado is the foil. She sees the narrator as “an irresponsible, vaguely foreign teen-ager.” The narrator, on the other hand, sees her as “full of simplified certainties” (Adichie). The narrator is the oddity, behaviorally and inwardly. She wears her hair in a low-cut, smokes in front of everyone, refuses to join in the prayer sessions, and holds the long relationships with the lover. Chikwado represents the perfect woman – religious, obedient and moral. Without question, she does everything that is deemed normal: attends the prayer sessions, serves
“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them”. We often tend to believe in things that we are taught. Our first teachers are our parents. However, there has come times were we all have come to think how everything they have taught us might not necessarily be right for us. This quote is also reflected in the autobiography, “Daughters of Shame”, written by Jasvinder Sanghera. In the autobiography, we do not only see the struggles that young girls like Kiren face, but we also understand the importance of how one’s self-perception in the face of abuse can change one. In that sense, Jasvinder Sanghera shows us how young girls like Kiren are made to believe that they are committing a crime, when in fact she is just a victim of abuse. According to Sanghera she and other girls who face similar issues must take a stand.
“The Free Radio,” by Salman Rushdie is a short story that describes societal expectations of gender roles in a traditional Indian culture. Ramani, a young rickshaw puller, is seduced by the beauty of the thief’s widow to undergo a government sterilization program for them to get married. The thief’s widow, already having five children alive and two dead, did not want to conceive any more children. Ramani was further convinced on complying with the widow when being told that participants were to be rewarded with receiving a first-class battery radio from the Central Government in New Delhi. With the sterilization the protagonist underwent, the narrator has challenged his masculinity and his ability to meet the expectations of his gender role.