Culture Essay: Spring Board English Ii

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Culture and the way we view others informs us greatly on how diverse the world around us actually is. The world we live in is full of different people of different cultures, races and religions. There are many individuals who feel that we all should be a certain way and there are also many who are ashamed of who they are and where they come from. Most people in our world today just want to be treated equally and to not be treated based on their skin tone, accent or origin. A perfect example of this would be the character Dee in the story Everyday Use. Dee has made an entirely new heritage for herself and rejected who she truly is (Everyday Use, Pg. 122). She even takes her given name and transforms it into something totally different, Wangero (Everyday Use, Pg. 123 ). In the film Bend It Like Beckham Jess Bhamra was torn between her culture and being of the American culture (Bend It Like Beckham). She was a perfect example of changing her ways but not forgetting who she truly is. Jess lived in London, England and wanted nothing more but to be a famous soccer player, but her Indian culture and family held her back (BILB). Her mother always expressed how she was a menace to society by the way she acted (BILB). In the end Jess found a way to do what she wanted but also respect her Indian culture (BILB). In the letter, An Indian Father’s Plea a perfect example of wanting to be treated equally is expressed. All Robert Lake wanted was for his son to be treated equally in their new hometown (An Indian Father’s Plea, Pg. 109). In this letter he is asking his son’s teacher why she is labeling his son as a ‘slow learner’ and treating him as if he is a foreign object (An Indian Father’s Plea, Pg. 109). He is expressing his concern and explains to the teacher that his son is indeed a talented and smart child (An Indian Father’s Plea, Pg. 110.) He also informed her of the harsh world and racism that his son was welcomed to all because of him being treated differently.(An...
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