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The Clan of One-Breasted Women by Terry Tempest Williams

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The Clan of One-Breasted Women by Terry Tempest Williams
In our current society it is established that faith is equated with a type of blind acceptance of all that the church or institution stands for. Having faith is still viewed as a wholesome characteristic, though it is more and more becoming correlated with negative connotation that is commonly attached to a thoughtless, dogmatic approach – an absolute obedience of all tenets regardless of conscious thoughts and appeals. In a similar regard, patriotism has become an exemplar of modern faith because it calls for unchallenged compliance with both the laws of the government and their unjustified actions, especially during times of war. Primarily this absolute-authority mindset was instilled within the general population because of the principle of sovereign immunity that was instituted long before the United States was even founded. While widely accepted during the beginning of this country, landmark atrocities initiated by the government, regardless of rationale, emphasized this question of immunity to the people and the cour...


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...t question the practices of the government openly, for this will lead to a more unified and collective society. Ultimately, Williams writes these words and constructs her strategies in order to negate the predominant thought that dogmatic faith, in the sense of blind absolute obedience, should be tolerated and that the general populace must stand up, speak out and call for action.

Work Cited
Williams, Terry Tempest. "The Clan of One-Breasted Women." Refuge: An Unnatural History
of Family and Place. New York: Pantheon, 1991. 281-290.

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