Culture Influence Essay

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Culture is the way you make yourself individual from others but the question is can culture change the way you see the world around you? Can it change the perspective you have on life or anything like that? Some people say all it does is determine who you are but culture changes the way you see and do everything. In the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker in two essays, “An Indian Father's Plea” by Robert Lake and “Where Worlds Collide”by Pico Iyer they give strong examples of the way you view the world due your culture. Your culture affects the way you view the world and others. In the story “Indian Father's Plea” it shows a few examples of how culture can change the view of everyday life. In the story there is a boy named Wind-Wolf and he is starting school with people of a different culture than him.“He is a 5 year old, in kindergarten, and I can't understand why you have already labeled him a slow learner” people in the school treat him different than others because he's not like the other kids. “on the way home from school one day, he asked his new pal if he wanted to come home to play with him until supper. the two boys ran inside to ask permission and the boys mother lashed out: we don't allow those kind of people in our house.”The second body explains how people view others because they are of a different culture and have different beliefs. Many short stories include culture and their views on the world. In the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker it gives a pretty vivid example of the way someone views the world due to their culture in the story it talks about a character named Dee; she had the opportunity to go to a school away from her home. Dee’s younger sister Maggie didn’t have... ... middle of paper ... ... go to L.A. they take the shuttle to korea town and they feel like they haven't left home because they have a part of their culture there. “ they see koreans piling into the taeguk airport shuttle and the seoul shuttle, which will take them to korea town without their ever feeling they've left home…” culture really does affect the way you view the world and others. Depending on where you grew up or who with you culture makes you, you. At the end of the day you are the only one that can influence yourself to see how you view the world. Citations: Lake, Robert. “Activity 1.13.” SpringBoard English Language Arts, College Board, 2014, pp. 95–99. Walker, Alice. “Activity 1.11.” SpringBoard English Language Arts, College Board, 2014, pp. 76–83. Iyer, Pico. “Activity 1.10.” SpringBoard English Language Arts, College Board, 2014, pp. 63–64.
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