Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis

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The world is filled with many different types of societies and cultures. This is due to the fact that many people share dissimilar beliefs and ideas, as well as diverse ways of life. People lived under different circumstances and stipulations, therefore forming cultures and societies with ideas they formulated, themselves. These two factors, society and culture, are what motivate people to execute the things that they do. Many times, however, society and culture can cause downgrading effects to an assemblage if ever it is corrupt or prejudiced. Society and culture not only influences the emotions individuals have toward things like age differences, religion, power, and equality but also the actions they perform as a result. People of different ages often have problems with one another because of the depravity of society and culture. Because of age differences, people are usually seen as incapable or have no ability to carry out things that others are able to do, like surviving or taking care of themselves. In one book, Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis, the two main characters, Sa’ and Ch’idzigyaak, were left because they were old and just wore down the tribe or so the tribe believed. “The council and I have arrived at a decision… We are going to have to leave our old ones behind” (Wallis5). They thought that doing so would help them rebound and get back to living a normal lifestyle. However, the complete opposite of what they expected happened. Instead of thriving, many of the tribe’s members ended up dying on their journey. The society that they were a part of made a decision of leaving the elderly behind, in hopes of recovery, but deterioration is what resulted. In the end, the society and its influences on the desperate people i... ... middle of paper ... ...e tribe’s people, Nwoye, the conspirators, and Harrison Bergeron went against beliefs and rules that were set for them. They defied it all and did what they felt was right. Some of those times, it was the correct thing to do, going with what they felt was right, but other times, it was a huge mistake. The emotions people have and actions they perform are influenced by the society and culture that they have. In conclusion, people may be influenced by their philosophy and civilization, but they still have the sovereignty to choose whether to protest or abide by them. Works Cited Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York: Anchor Book, 1994. Print. Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. New York: Signet Classic, 1998. Print. Vonnegut, Kurt. “Harrison Bergeron.” n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. Wallis, Velma. Two Old Women. New York: Harper Collins, 1993. Print.

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