Challenges of the Native American Native American culture is in its downfall, due to the discrimination and dehumanization that Native Americans have faced. Native American culture revolves around a circle. They believe the most important aspects of life such as nature is based on circles. The repetition of life and death, their own families, and even the food chain are all examples of circles. These circles have been shattered by the discrepancies from white men in particular.
Andrew Salvatore 9/5/08 Essay #1 How to treat a Family Analysis of Mountains Beyond Mountains In Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, the main character Paul Farmer is a man on a mission to give Haiti the attention and healthcare needed to help their people survive. In Mountains Beyond Mountains, Paul is always at Haiti trying to cure someone, or do something good for a Haitian. The only problem with Paul Farmer being in Haiti is that Paul has a wife and a daughter that needs attention too. Farmer is a very selfish man by not seeing his family, and there is a way he could fix that. The first thing that I thought Farmer could have done to make his family feel more important is if Farmer didn’t go to Haiti as much as he did, but rather switch off weeks of when to go to Haiti and when to stay home with his family.
Paul’s parents’ choices changed the direction of his life. While they meant well, they were shielding Paul from life and the real world. They also prevented Paul from growing up and may have led Paul to distrust his parents and other authority figures. By demanding his truth about his eyesight, Paul showed his desire for the truth and to grow up. Part of growing up is learning how to handle the truths and disappointments of life.
With Arthur getting killed by Absalom, Jarvis faces great difficulty in his life and shows he is the most complex throughout the story. Jarvis giving back to the people of Ndotsheni shows empathy of his son dying and learns that tragedy is a part of life, but can be overcome by focusing on what is good in life. The journey taken by Kumalo to Johannesburg was a good decision because he learns that just because he was a priest, he is human and cannot be perfect. Stephen receives a letter from a priest named Msimangu that states “…Her name is Gertrude Kumalo, and I understand she is the sister of the Rev. Stephen Kumalo, St. Mark’s Church, Ndotsheni.
From beginning to end, the reader acquires an understanding of how David grows from an innocent child into a man due to the events that take place. For example, the death of Marie Little Soldier, the accusations made against his once beloved Uncle Frank, the strain on his parents relationship towards him and towards each other and finally the eventual alienation of his wider family. David has some inner strength as a character and this tends to overrule his weaknesses. For example, the men of the Hayden family, Julian, Frank and Wes, are all very racist towards the Indians of Montana and all have the same views as one another – that they are useless and can only be industrious if they follow and try to be like the whites. David on the other hand, has a completely different view of the Indians, such as Marie Little Soldier and Ronnie Tall Bear.
Based on Parrillo's essay, we will analyze what caused C.P. Ellis to be prejudice and how he changed. Ellis was a white male from a low-income class. His frustrations and misfortunes lead him to become a member of the Ku Klux Klan. His father always told Ellis to stay away from blacks, Jews, and Catholics’ and he obeyed his father’s wishes.
“The tragedy is not things that are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended together.” Alan Paton wrote this novel, Cry the Beloved Country during his tenure as the principal at Diepkloof Reformatory for delinquent African Boys.Alan Paton wrote his important novel, Cry the Beloved Country, while apartheid was still in place in South Africa. On Kumulo’s first journey, he is determined to find his son. As the journey goes on we see Kumulo’s weaknesses show. His journey begins when he receives a letter from a fellow minister summoning him to Johannesburg.
They had deep knowledge of their land, source of water,and the seasonal cycle of plant food. However, the European settlement brought catastrophic impacts to them. Firstly, they were not able to assess the land and obtain the resources such as food, herbs, stones which were necessary to maintain their lifestyles and health status. In the tradition indigenous culture, most of the information were pass down from one generation to the next. Unfortunately, many of the elders were killed by those mortal diseases, thus a lot of valuable cultural information such as the usage of nature medicines were lost so more and more people have got sick.
The colonization and “the arrival of the missionaries had caused a considerable stir in the village of Mbanta” because they began to alter the traditions of the tribe (Achebe 138). This traditional change has a personal effect on various characters. Okonkwo resists the new religious and political differences because he feels that they are not manly. He also feels that he will not be manly if he chooses to tolerate them. Okonkwo’s intolerance to the cultural change is also due to his fear of losing his social status.
For example, Okonkwo a once respected and influential man ended up hanging himself. This is ironic due to the fact that in the beginning of the novel Okonkwo said, “Since I survived that year, I shall survive anything.” (talking about the year of bad crops). Obviously he was wrong about that considering he ended his own life at the end of the novel showing that in fact he could not survive anything, including the falling of the Ibo clan and his realization of being alone in his wish for war with the white missionaries and government. Likewise, Okonkwo never wanting to replicate his father, which he spent his whole life trying to prove, ended up being buried in the Evil Forest, the exact place his father was sent when he died. When things became rough for Okonkwo he decided to give up on life, which is something his father may have done.