This was portrayed through the foreigner who had started out with an idealistic and romantic view of the world, and how this transformed into a horrendous and fearful reality. His initial idea was innocent and unknowing; he felt that there was a beyond and that he was connected to his world, where he could coexist peacefully with all of its beings. With his experience he discovered how his initial worldview has drastically transformed through that one, simple experience. There is also the perspective of the foreigner who believes how the first world countries represent superiority and how his life has always been inferior to theirs. He feels that the first world acts innocent and unknowing but really they are doing this for their own purposes which was shown through the quote “Don’t play saint with me,”.
From this whole sentence alone his type of writing is unique in a refining way simplifying yet, illuminating Indians culture by their own action and there way of life. Mortonobserves the master and based on his observation he concluded they areselfless and the Indian considered them self-common among each. Therefore, Morton takes many risks in his writing because a lot of his writing advocates for natives. In addition this risk he takes can affect how the Englishmen view Morton because he is challenging the chain of being and advocating for the
“The colonial situation manufactures colonialists, just as it manufactures the colonised” (Memmi 1974:56-57). Anglo-Indians, the ‘experienced’ colonists, force their own stereotypes of the natives upon newcomers. The colonisers arrive fresh from England “intending to be gentlemen, and are told it will not do.” Hence, “[t]hey all become exactly the same – not worse, not better” (p.34). Ronny Heaslop complains that “[p]eople are so odd out here, and it’s not like home – one’s always facing the footlights …. They notice everything, until they’re perfectly sure you’re their sort” (p.68, my italics).
Through my lens I look at an individual as a person. Guided by my instincts and my desire to seek knowledge I walk a path of a hero. I will continue to put all my energy into breaking down barriers, uniting people together and hoping to find the good life. I was taught that your situations would never define you, but your decision will. My preferred lens describes me completely; I use my experience in life to make decision even those things that I know are unethical.
Culture is a system of knowledge shared by a relatively large group of people, it may also refer to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experiences, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies religion, notions of time roles, spatial relations, material possessions and objects by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving. The ideas, believes and values learnt by a group of people by virtue of their belonging to a society determines their nature as human beings. As such, some anthropologists are of the view that there is no universal ‘right way’ of doing things as human beings because the ‘right way’ will always be our way which may not be acceptable to other people by virtue of their shared beliefs and values. Bearing this in mind, it can therefore be said that the attitude of an informed human being towards the many other different people in society should be tolerance of other people’s
Ultimately, it is the duty of each of us to remember our culture and exactly what it means to us. As Elie Wiesel stated in an essay “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” (Wiesel). I am not exempt as I have my own culture and so does everyone else on the Earth and in the next few paragraphs I will compare my culture with my suitemate Enzo Vavassori’s culture.
Identity relates to self image, self esteem and individuality. Personal identity evolves over the course of our lives and may involve aspects of our lives that we have no control over such as where you grew up, the colour of your skin, as well as the choices you make, such as where you choose to spend your time and your beliefs. I believe that my environment has hugely impacted on my personal identity, however, I have for the majority shaped my own identity by striving to be the finest version of myself that I can be. Firstly, we will look at the cultural iceberg analogy which is used to help us understand that certain aspects of our identity, such as our name and physical appearance are on the
Naipaul, one of the most noteworthy contemporary English writers, is a creation of a post imperialist society, and is also representative of rootlessness and displacement. In an article, Sneha Gupta remarks on his life in a nutshell as follows: “Of Indian descent, born in Trinidad and educated in England, Naipaul has been placed as a rootless nomad in the cultural world, always on a voyage to find his identity” (306). He was raised in a Hindu cultural background, the influences of which can be seen in many of his works. Even in A House for Mr. Biswas, there is an abundance of descriptions on how Hindus conduct various religious ceremonies for different occasions. As readers, we learn that Hindus are highly conservative, traditional and religious, and are very particular about their religious and cultural beliefs, even when they are not in their native land.
RECLAIM THE SAFFRON If you were born in a Hindu family in the Hindi speaking belt of Northern India, the word “cultured” can often feel like an oxymoron. Few Hindi-Hindus who have gone on to educate themselves very proudly associate themselves with the present culture in the belt. For us, to be cultured is a cheeky kick: our culture, or at least the one we saw around us growing up, is not the one we would have ourselves associate with. Needless to say, there could certainly be those who are able to remain loyal to their roots and to their liberal ideals at the same time; those who rail against the caste system, and offer prayers every Dussehra at their local temple which still is not letting Dalit people use the hand pump on its premises. For the rest of us, who feel a knot in our stomach to reject a culture that can produce such ugly consequences as we have seen growing up, adolescence brings alienation, and adulthood brings rootlessness and a feeling of lack of identity.
Speech on the significance of culture Introduction Ladies and gentlemen, it is said that a society deficient of knowledge of their culture and history is like a tree devoid of roots. This is an old saying that has been used to emphasize on the importance of culture and tradition throughout the world. I agree with this idea because culture is an imperative aspect in our everyday lives and it plays a major role in our daily decision making processes. I come from region with an array of strong religious beliefs. Throughout my lifetime, these beliefs have impacted my existence and have been vital in all circumstances I have been through.