The Chrysalids Essay In John Wyndham’s novel the Chrysalids David and his group of friends have to run from the expectations of society to be normal. David and his group of friends have special abilities that no one finds normal so they have to keep it from the community. David struggles with the internal and external conflict about what he is told is right and what is wrong with the discrimination all around him, in his community and even in his family. This important to know because it teaches people about discrimination and what it is like to be discriminated, or live in a discriminated community. David feels discriminated because he is different; he is not a person of the norm.
Jhumpa uses emotional diction in “I hate the name Gogol...I’ve always hated it” to show that Gogol could never accept his birth name given to him by his father and hopes change his name to ‘Nikhil’ in order to easily reject his parents values and culture and live a life without any attachment to it. Gogol changed his name since it was a foreign name which was linked to his father and wanted to avoid it and not belong. The use of symbolism of American life in “discovers Brian Eno and Elvis Costello and Charlie Parker” is to depict that Gogol wants to be like young Americans and connecting with them by listening to their mainstream music. Adapting to a different culture rather than Gogol’s own is distancing and shedding his Bengali heritage. The irony of his situation in “Without people to call him Gogol… he will cease to exist… Yet the thought of this demise provides no sense of victory” is that a simple name change will not change his Bengali heritage but “there is nothing, apart from his family” in which he feels secure.
This upset him even more because it wasn’t even said right. Sunil had everything going against him, he was Indian and had dark skin and he had an Indian name which people would mock him about because they couldn’t pronounce it. After a while he got used to the names and dead legs. He took the verbal assault like a good sport. The only thing that would upset him now was his name because no one could pronounce it properly.
My thought on this is that the lawyer is feeling sorry for Bartleby. The lawyer believes that the refusal means that something has disarmed him. It is more of a confusing for the lawyer because he knows what the potentials of the character, the lawyer even starts to blame himself for Bartleby’s refusing to do anything. Bartleby never leaves the office so the lawyer begins to watch him carefully. Why is the lawyer so concerned about the change in his behavior?
An Inspector Calls Mr Birling Priestley immediately establishes that the Nineteenth Century ideals were wrong and needed to change. He highlights this through the character of Mr Birling as in Act 1 we learn that Mr Birling is a man who cannot be trusted as his ideas are inaccurate. He does that by using dramatic irony. He delivers this message by the character Mr Birling who says: “war is impossible”. This makes the audience think that Mr Birling is wrong about everything else and he can’t be trusted.
Belonging can be self-fulfilling and self-destructive. Discuss. The belief in an ideology can give shape and meaning to the world and create a sense of belonging to a community. However prioritising personal beliefs over those of the community may require difficult choices that can lead to individual suffering and possible tragedy. There are many ways through which an individual can belong to a group or relationship, nevertheless some individuals find it difficult to establish similarities in identity with others, so must suppress their individuality in order to belong or else completely withdraw.
Kiran is constantly trying to be a part of both cultures or and live a double life. This results in him straying away from both cultures. During an Indian party he reflects about the pressure of growing up as a first generation Indian-American by stating, “When I say hello to them they eye me with caution, as if they can see me becoming more American and less Indian each moment.” (128). At
Richard says in this short story “I feel guilty representing a non-academic cultural tradition that I had willingly abandoned.” So to me it seems like he feels bad leaving his culture but at the same time he knows it’s going to benefit him more if he keeps moving forward. Later on Richard notices that classes seem to be getting tough. The students and faculty members now saw him as a Chicano not for his cultural background, but for his skin color. I think for this reason is why Richard lost the respect of being called a Chicano. Either Richard started to think that it started to become a joke to people or he didn’t think of himself as a Chicano anymore just for the fact that he didn’t have the cultural background of a true Mexican.
To Be or Not To Be? The enduring truth revealed in The Namesake is to accept your identity and be thankful for loving parents. Throughout the novel, Gogol Ganguli struggles to define himself in the contexts of family and two diverse cultures. Gogol is from an Indian Bengali family, which the reader gets the pleasure of knowing since his birth. It is seen that beginning from his childhood, all Gogol ever wanted was to find a place where he could truly fit in, whether it be in his own culture, or in the American one in which he lives.