In my opinion, the reason why everything is put in terms of circumstance rather than motivation is because motivation creates a hero and circumstance creates a victim. If it is true that the Wizard of Oz is a propaganda piece, then a persuasive narrative would need to be portrayed. Dorothy, representing everyday people cannot be portrayed as hero’s because that’s just not reasonable. However, you can portray people as victims fairly easily. Nothing is Dorothy’s fault in the movie. She is just a victim of the witches. Just like the people were supposedly the victims of the big banks. Victimization creates a powerful motivator for change. It creates sympathy and a want to help. When someone falls victim to a crime, through bad timing or just
Have you ever wondered what it's like being wrongfully accused of a dramatic crime? If you have, hearing Sarah Good's story might enlighten you. On March 1, 1692, three women were arrested on accounts of witchcraft in Salem. Around 200 men, women, and children were accused of witchcraft and killed in this horrific time. Sarah Good had a horrible reputation that lead to, in my opinion, a wrongful accusation of witchcraft.
Gary Leon Ridgway began killing women in 1982 and was caught in 2001. He was convicted of killing at least 48 women in Washington state. He was born on February 18th 1949, in Salt Lake City Utah. He held a job painting trucks for 30 years. He was married three different times. Gary was raised near seattle’s pacific highway, a deprived neighborhood near seatac airport, Ridgway was a poor student and was sent to vietnam after high school. When he returned, he was fanatical about religion, Ridgway was also a frequent customer of prostitutes. He was convicted when the DNA test revealed a match.
Imagine being an African American living down South during the 1930’s, when racial discrimination was a huge thing. Why were these African Americans so hated and discriminated? It was the way these people grew up in their setting, or even the way the setting raised them, to automatically view these colored people different and not equal towards them. The place in which people are raised in give them these characteristics and social beliefs, so they are not used to anything outside of their social norm. In the novel, “The Crucibles”, by Arthur Miller, the characters living there had a very vague and straight forward way of living life, and if anyone was seen to be doing something different or unusual, they would automatically be accused of witchcraft.
The subtle but accepted social norms can be categorised neatly into two categories; folkways and mores. While both of these are informal social rules; folkways carry almost no punishment, although, mores are rules that when broken reap heavy consequences. The study of social norms is best done under the symbolic interactionalism lens. Symbolic interactionalism allows us to look at society on a micro level, meaning, we are able to focus on individuals, particularly, emphasizing verbal and physical gestures and how we interpret them.
“Inside each of us there is the seed of both good and evil. It’s a constant struggle as to which one will win. And on cannot exist without the other”. (Eric Burdon) In Miller’s play The Crucible Abigail and Elizabeth both had to choose between good and evil. In the play Abby tries to do witchcraft to kill John Proctor's wife Elizabeth. She almost gets caught doing it so she accuses many people of bewitching her and got many people hanged. She accuses Elizabeth of bewitching her to kill her. The court will not kill her because she is pregnant but John Procter ends up being hanged because he was accused. In the play Elizabeth the example of good. She is kind, loving, and selfless. Abigail is the example of evil. She is mean, a killer, and a liar.
Magic can be real to some people and fictional to others. It could be used to describe a feeling, or it could mean an action. There is a form of magic known as witchcraft. The art of witchcraft can range from simple activities like burning incense for protection to complex and eerie acts like summoning the dead. Society defines those who participate in these types of acts as witches. Witches are sometimes depicted as evil, deceiving, and grotesque hags. This is far from the truth though. First of all, not all people who participate in witchcraft are witches, and not all forms of witchcraft are evil. One specific group that is being affected by these misconceptions are Wiccans. Wicca is a recognized religion while witchcraft
For some time now it has been said that one of the things that separates our species from others, is our ability to communicate through verbal and written language. Although I agree with this, I also know that language can be harmful. It has caused wars, death and more than a few hurt feelings. Vocabulary has both connotations (the associated meaning of a word) and denotations (the actual meanings of a word), both of which can be harmful. In Dr. Na’im Akbar’s article “The Creation of the Negro,” he discusses both the connotation and denotation of the word negro and the affects that it has had on the shaping of African Americans. This shaping occurs because of how African Americans view themselves and also how other
The purpose of symbolism in literature is to represent the turmoil and struggles of the characters which cannot directly conveyed. Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Speak relies on these as a subtle method of characterization and a way of expressing the themes of the novel. These symbols in the story are plentiful and make parallels to Melinda’s feelings, fears, and character development, such as mirrors, the settings of the closet and art room, and trees.
The application is that it looks at how people interact with others and how people develop meanings in private relationships. The people that developed this idea are George Herberd Merd, and Herbert Blumer. An assumption for this is that human beings have the capacity to alter the meaning they give their life experiences when they find themselves in different situations. In the address President Trump spoke a lot about the tragedies that many have faced. One being the man named Ji Seong-ho, changed the meaning of his life when he made it to The States. Another example of this is when two teenaged girls who were best friends were murdered in Detroit by gang members, the parents of these girls had to alter the meaning of their lives due to this horrendous life experience. This assumption leads to the assumptions that human beings have the capacity for thought and that the capacity for thought are developed by interacting with others. Unlike structured functionalism and social conflict, one of symbolic interactionalism’s limitations is that it focuses too much on the micro picture and not the macro. It also does not pay attention to power
In this essay, I will discuss the key premises of symbolic interaction as well as consider the ways in which symbolic interaction promotes the view that people have agency. I will then put forth the argument that conflict theorists make with respect to schools reproducing the culture of the dominant class. In relation, I will mention in what ways this perspective promotes the view that people are constrained by social structure. Finally, I will discuss the dialectical relationship between structure and agency
Mean Girls is a movie filled with unique words and weird gestures that we as watchers can understand. Symbolic interaction theory emphasizes face-to-face interaction and thus is a form of microsociology. In our textbook, symbolic interaction is described as a theory that human interaction and communication is facilitated by words, gestures, and other symbols that have acquired conventionalized meanings.
In “On the Pulse of Morning”, Maya Angelou talks about how in order to alleviate the inequalities of this world, society can no longer turn their “face[s] down in ignorance” (Angelou 18) and must stop their hatred and come together as equals. In “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Coates talks about racial prejudice and how this affects a large mass of the populace. This lack of understanding is what, in “Half-Hanged Mary”, allows Mary to be persecuted for witchcraft, even though Mary only tried to help the people of her village. “Between the World and Me” discusses the types of prejudice that people face on racial terms, but this is not at all different from the types of prejudice that people face on gender terms. If prejudice
Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve been made fun of, or heard someone else being made fun of? I am sure the answer to that question is yes. Or maybe, you’ve insulted someone else without realizing the true meaning behind it? Ultimately, this is because language is more powerful than we think. Words and language can be used as weapons, and it may be hard for people to understand that certain words can be thought of as insulting to someone else but may not seem that way towards you. Language comes naturally, and as time as passed, we have been more inclined to say whatever we want. Unfortunately, recently we have seen more offense being taken to words we say. This is because language can affect people in different ways. In other words, some
There are roughly 6500 spoken language in the world today. People mostly spend their life talking and destining and advanced society reading and writing. The use of language is an intrinsic part of being human. It is clear that language and abstract thought are very close to each other but many people think that these two characteristic distinguish human being from animals.