According to Samuel Lagerlof “Culture is what remains when that which has been learned is entirely forgotten” (as cited in Usunied,1996, p.94). Every single country in the world possesses his own culture no culture is more important than another. They’re just different. However, Haiti’s culture differs from the United States in three major points; Values, religion, and norms.
Many know of the victims of the Holocaust and how fragile they were, but not many know how the few that survived did so. In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor who was only fourteen when he arrived at Auschwitz, he talks about his life alongside his father who was the only family member he did not get separated from in the concentration camp. Eliezer explains how he overcomes the horrors he witnessed in order to survive and be freed. Through cautious behavior, selflessness between himself and his father, and having physical advantages due to his age, Wiesel is able to survive the harsh conditions while millions of others perish.
After thinking, I realized that, along with Haiti, many other islands in the Caribbean had been or still were under colonization and being oppressed. The use of the word “island” here can be seen as a call to battle to all other islands in the Caribbean who are being oppressed by their colonizers. Although not immediately following the Haitian War of Independence, many of the fellow Countries that were being oppressed in the Caribbean slowly began to realize and fight for their independence. For this reason, I find the use of the word “island” in this quote very
Important researches about the history of the Caribbean shows significant geographical information about the second largest island in the Caribbean also known as the Hispaniola, which contains two separate countries; Dominican Republic and Haiti. This two countries are similar in several ways; for example, both share an impressive history about their colonialism and slavery. Even
. .; we must at last live independent or die” said a Haitian (Doc H). In Document H it talks about how the Haitian citizens were angered with how the French came into to Haiti and bombarded it. They thought that they could come into Haiti and be inhumane towards the Haitians and annex the land that they, the Haitians, were born in. (Referring back to the quote from Document H,) who would want to live in a country where their freedom was taken away from them. Who would want to live in a country that treated them with no respect, nor human value? Who would want to live in a country that they were not happy living in, or being a part of it? With great assurance, no one would want to live in a place that has the characteristics as the one describe. Well from all of the French’s wrongdoing, and barbarous behavior the Haitians had enough. The Haitians acted upon the thought of revenge. Who wouldn’t? The Haitians not only wanted revenge, but they craved for independence. In the quote it states that they [the Haitians] would rather die than not be independent. This was serious to them, as it would be for anyone. This was serious to them, because a land they came to love, a land they came to adore and call their own was theirs no longer. It was taken by inconsiderate barbarous tyrants of France. So, Haitians took matter into their own hands. The Haitians wanted the French out of Haiti once and for all. No exceptions. They went to drastic measure to have Haiti French-free. They
The late 18th and 19th century brought about the French and Haitian Revolutions. Both revolutions were connected to each other because of the link between France and Haiti, known then as St Domingue. However, there were also differences as far as political, economic and social causes were concerned.
Haitian Revolutionary Studies in the most recent couple of decades, it has turned out to be clear that the occasion was a vital turning point in the histories of the Atlantic World. The legacy of the Revolution was that it tested long-held
(SP 1 The Haitian People feel very strongly about greetings, Men shake hands on meeting and departing, men and women kiss on the cheek when greeting, women kiss each other on the cheek. An older person might be called “aunt” or “uncle” as sign of respect even if they not related.
Revolutions were a common occurrence in many parts of the world. The 17th century was miserable. Between 1790 and 1848 many different people in Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, and other areas of the world struggled to gain freedom and independence from oppressive and dictatorial regimes. While the the French and Haitian Revolutions, inspired by the American Revolution, were alike in many areas such as social class struggles, economic inequities, and personal freedoms. In spite of their similarities the revolutions in France and Haiti were more different than similar because pitted While France struggled with it’s Aristocracy, Haiti struggled with slavery. France was dealing with unequal distribution of wealth while Haiti had little wealth at all. Finally, While France is attempting to change it’s form of
Jamaica Kincaid 's A Small Place examines the historical/social context of how Antiguans dealt racism through slavery after an oppressive European colonization. Kincaid reveals that European colonization resulted in Antigua dealing with injustice such as corruption and poverty. She argues Europeans and Americans traveling to Antigua are focused on the beautiful scenery, which is not a correct representation of the day to day lives of Antiguans. Although racism has many negative effects, Kincaid seemed to state the benefits of Europeans’ colonialism and how it contributed to her life such by introducing the English language and the library that helped her to become a writer. Kincaid states that we “cannot get over the past, cannot forgive and cannot forget” (26); therefore, Kincaid feels that the past influences the present. She wants the reader to closely analyze the historical factors of racism to shape our lives no matter our race or religion. In A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid states that racism shaped Antigua into what it is today. This is a social factor that I can relate to since I am an African American living in the South, and I have experienced racism both blatant and implicit throughout my life to allow me to reflect on the past and analyze more closely to make a better future similarly to Kincaid’s idea.
An important part of an exemplification essay is using correct essay structure and examples. The examples may be used to help the writer explain, clarify, and support their arguments or points (Kirszner 207). Examples could also be used to add interesting topics in the authors paper, making the paper enjoyable (Kirszner 208). Using correct writing structure in the exemplification essay is also important (Kirszner 211-212). Both Brent Staples’s memoir “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space” and Maia Szalavitz’s article “Ten Ways We Get the Odds Wrong” use exemplification with similarities and differences in the way they use their examples as a way to explain their main points, the way it affects how interesting
In the book Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, author Mary A. Renda discussed the United States occupation of Haiti between the years of 1915 and 1934. When the United States decided to move into Haiti for military occupation, it wanted to establish not just control of the country, but it also wanted to secure its interests there. American politicians and many marines viewed Haiti through a racist lens and viewed their people and government as inferior. They believed the nation required a helping hand from the United States. American politicians justified the tactics of forced labor, economic manipulation by American politicians, and murder by the marines, as part of the paternalistic policy it had implanted there. Renda’s main thesis was how the idea of paternalism and the military occupation in Haiti not only affected the Haitian people and the country itself, but also how it affected the culture and mindset of Americans.
To begin, human connections can shape lives by taking away one’s sense of hope. The excerpt Night by Elie Wiesel begins with Eli telling the reader his emotions after experiencing the holocaust. Elie says, “Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky” (Wiesel 37). In this quote Elie has a flashback to when he lived in the concentration camp and experienced the brutal murder of children and adults. This experience changed him forever and took away his hope for humanity, since he experienced such inhuman actions. Later, Elie begins to explain how his personality and outlook on life changed during his time at the camp. He stated, “The instincts of self-preservation, self-defense,
Specific purpose- my classmates will be able to convey how I grew to have an intimate relationship with Haiti
To find a man who has not experienced suffering is impossible; to have man without hardship is equally unfeasible. Such trials are a part of life and assert that one is alive by shaping one’s character. In the autobiographical memoir Night by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, this molding is depicted through Elie’s transformation concerning his identity, faith, and perspective. As a young boy, Elie and his fellow neighbors of Sighet, Romania were sent to Auschwitz, a macabre concentration camp with the sole motive of torturing and killing Jews like himself. There, Elie experiences unimaginable suffering, and upon liberation a year later, leaves as a transformed person. His story displays how, though experiences affect decisions, it is the individual who chooses to either find purpose when there does not seem to be a clear objective, or allow one’s anguish to be fruitless. This concept is further explored with psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s idea of logotherapy, and discussed in Elie’s interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey decades after the Holocaust. In Night, Elie is overwhelmed by his suffering, as he experiences a deprivation of individuality, degradation of faith, and drainage of emotion, but he manages to find a way to channel this affliction into productivity and become a survivor rather than a victim.