The Role Of Culture In Alice Walker's Essay 'Where Worlds Collide'

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Does a one's culture affect the way others view the world? Every culture has different beliefs, race, religion, traditions, music, clothes, background, history and more. Not one culture is the same. Everyone has their own perspective about culture but a person's culture strongly informs the way he or she views others and the world. I will show this through Pico Iyers essay “Where Worlds Collide” and Robert Lakes essay “An Indian Father's Plea.” Some people may argue that you can give up your culture and still take on a new one. In Pico Iyers travel essay “Where Worlds Collide” one's background strongly affects his or her perception of a given situation. Iyers shows this by juxtapose; cars, commands, and scenery. For example, the newcomers expect limos because they think everyone is rich. Instead they see a Chevy being towed away which indicates failure. The newcomers get confused because not everyone is rich. The next image is they anticipate soldiers at the airport because that is what they are use to. Instead of soldiers everything they hear is over the…show more content…
In the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. Dee thinks it is okay to separate from her family heritage. Dee shows ignorance and shame to her culture. She abandons her past with her family by changing her name, telling her family ”Not Dee, Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo!”(61) She had no appreciation toward anything she had growing up. She thinks that she is too good to admit her true heritage to anyone. Although she gives up one culture she still takes on a new culture. Her new culture is now what is affecting her perspectives. She is now part of the black power movement. Now that she is taking on her new culture she looks down on her family. She does not want to use her culture she wants to display it. Dee is now outside of her old
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