Essay on Difference

Topics: Short story, Essay, Bolesław Prus Pages: 2 (776 words) Published: June 14, 2014
Understanding Differences

Difference, “The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits”-Albert Einstein. As in these three short stories from Sighlines10, “Borders” by Thomas King, “My body is my own business” by Sultana Yusufali and “Lysandra’s Poem” by Budge Wilson, are stories with factors of difference and its tolerance that can clearly be seen. In “Borders”, we can see that native people don’t really get treated fairly around places like borders. Secondly in “My body is my own business”, Sultana Yusufali addresses the audience about the hijab controversy and that hijabs are banned from being worn due to the ignorance of today’s society .Lastly in “Lysandra’s Poem”, Lysandra deals with things differently after losing something that meant a great deal to her and she found that losing the contest was a very big put down. People do not want to understand differences which then lead to tolerance.

Firstly, native people don’t really get treated fairly around places like borders, which can be identified in the short story “Borders”. ‘“I know … and I’d be proud to be Blackfoot if I were Blackfoot. But you have to be American or Canadian”’ (King 84). The Blackfoot woman in the short story does not want to identify her citizenship as American or Canadian but by Blackfoot because she believes that that is what she is. The woman has to tolerate being interviewed and questioned by costume officers and guards just because she was different. This story also shows that natives are not treated fairly and do not have their own privileges even though they have a high status in our history. Lastly the women tolerated the hardship to go see her daughter, and did not give up. She finally got the right to pass the border. This indicates that not understanding differences leads to tolerance.

Secondly, Sultana Yusufali addresses the audience about the hijab controversy and that hijabs are banned from being worn due to the ignorance of...
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