In the essay “Two Ways to Belong in America,” from 50 essays, Bharati Mukherjee contrasts the different views of the United States from two Indian sisters. The author distinguishes her American lifestyle to her sister’s traditional Indian lifestyle. Both sisters grew up in Calcutta, India, moved to America in search of education and work. Bharati adjusts to the American society very quickly, where her sister Mira clings to her Indian traditions more strongly. Despite both sisters living in America, only Bharati is an American citizen, while her sister Mira is not.
Frida is frowning and is presumably upset because she is leaving behind her beloved culture to learn a new one. As well as her self-portrait, Frida Kahlo’s biography, “Frida Kahlo Biography”, also sheds light on her opinion of leaving behind her culture in Mexico to learn American culture. It is stated that Frida is very patriotic
Dee didn’t let her culture decide her life or affect it. She decided to break free and experience other options. She used her culture as a “trophy”, not her background unlike Momma and Maggie. Even though Dee didn’t appreciate her culture, it still affected her views because it caused her to leave and experience a variety of different lifestyles that she could freely
In the novel “An Old Fashioned Girl” by Louisa May Alcott, Polly Milton, a young country girl, moves to the city to become a music teacher. This is because her older brother wants to go to college but the family does not have the money. Polly being the good sister that she is, leaves her family to earn the much needed money. As the novel progresses, Polly begins to struggle against the high class society that surrounds her, though this is far more undesirable than she expected in the beginning. Though not always easy Polly tries to adjust to her new lifestyle, and proves herself to be kind, sensible, and brave.
Maria Chapdelaine utilizes nostalgia in exploring the lives of Franco-Canadians during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many felt compelled to leave their rural roots and immigrate to urban areas the United States in order to find work, build a better life, or simply search for adventure. Chapdelaine describes this historic dilemma in terms of the fictional character, Maria. Additionally, the story demonstrates the sense of pride that Québécois take in their identity. Maria stays in Québec because she feels that it is where she belongs.
In the essay, it stated,”If America wants to make new rules curtailing benefits of legal immigrants, the should apply only to immigrants who arrive after those rules are already in place.”(Mukherjee) It is shown how Mira’s culture is different compared to other people who live in America because she wasn’t born in America, Mira is an Indian citizen who immigrated to the U.S. with her sister to have a better life. Moreover, it is influencing her life because she feels like she isn’t being treated the same as other people. Her view of this situation is different than other people that are not the same culture as her because Mira is being treated like a person who just came to America. Mira expects that she would be treated like a person who has been in America for
The idea of believing in a dream is also expressed in “America and I.” This story is about an immigrant coming to America who has has a rough time starting her new life. “And I could not tear it out of me, the feeling that America must be somewhere, somehow…” (Yezierska 19). This shows how even though she has been though a lot she still believes that she will be happy and be included in America. Although these stories are about two completely different people, they both show how believing in a dream is part of what it means to be
The movie “The Namesake,” by Jhumpa Lahiri concerns itself largely with being Indian and American at the same time. Throughout the movie Ashima, Gogol 's mother, strongly identifies herself to Indian traditions. In the first meeting of Ashima and her proposed husband Ashoke we see her interest in North America, when she finds Ashoke shoes captivating. She also recites her composed writing in English very well, regardless of her Indian accent. She is warned that life will be hard in North America, far from home, friends, and family.
As a submissive daughter, Maya was expected to honour her father’s name and wish and, of a middle-class Indian expatriate, she was also expected to “fit into life in the West without losing sight of our Indian values” (100). She would be the custodian and nurturer of cultural traditions in “renewed patriarchal structures” to foster an imagined unified and self-sufficient cultural community with strong ties to the old world. But Maya cancels her engagement with prakash to marry a Canadian man. By defying her father’s wishes and forsaking her family duties, Maya, on the one hand, initiates her own transformation into a diasporic subject with multiple belongings and groundings; on the other, she confronts Sripathi with the changing reality of
On the other hand, Charlotte married Mr. Collins because she was looking to be secure. Austen's novel revolves around attitudes and reasons for marriage among the four key characters demonstrating both ideal and practical unions. Lydia was always attracted to the soldiers in the story, she somehow considered them to be attractive. It seemed very exciting to her to get married to someone who works in the army, maybe because she considered soldiers 'popular'. Jane was not looking for someone's wealth or social status, she just wanted to fall in love and get