Expository Essay

Topics: Value, Keeping up with the Joneses, Refugee Pages: 2 (629 words) Published: February 23, 2012
Expository essay
What do we doooooo??
‘We don’t know our values until they’re put to the test’

Throughout life people develop or adopt various values and belief systems and these values change and also change the person. However, it often isn’t until we experience a test, that we know what we stand for. This essay will use the various characters out of ‘Montana 1948’, ‘Go Back to Where You Came From,’ and the poets out of Def. Poetry Jam, to analyse and discuss the prompt and the issues it brings up. We usually get our values from our parents but not always. They teach us from a young age not to do a lot of things, we learn from their mistakes as they have. For example we might learn Not to smoke, not to swear, not to lie and these rules are things our parents value for our safety. David in the text ‘Montana 1948’ got his values from his father Wesley. Wesley valued the law, this value was passed on to David, and this was shown when he started to hate his Uncle Frank due to the acts of violence he partook in his community. Raquel from the T.V. show ‘Go Back to Where You Came From’ possibly got her racist feelings from her parents. She said some bad comments like ‘I guess I’m a racist…my dad was a racist.’ Despite the fact that we get our values from our parents, this doesn’t mean those values will be sound, and it doesn’t mean our values will not change. A change in values depends on a major catalyst or experience. In ‘Go Back to Where You Came From’ a character named Rae was saying things like ‘serves the bastards right!’ about asylum seekers being locked up. But once she went through what those people went through, her outlook on the issue changed. At the end of the show she was saying things like ‘people look, but don’t see. They don’t know what’s really happening’ and ‘I felt guilty, leaving those beautiful people back there with no help.’ This experience was strong enough to changes Rae’s values about asylum seekers. But different people will have...
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