“ And each of us can practice rights ourselves, treating each other without discrimination, respecting each other's dignity and rights.” (Bellamy) Discrimination is constantly seen in our everyday lives, despite the fact that it is illegal in the United States. According to pewresearch.org, “About half of Hispanics in the U.S. (52%) say they have experienced discrimination or have been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity.” Society fails to acknowledge the disadvantages many receive when they decide to exclude others who are different from themselves. The potential case of breaking the laws of the United States, producing harm, and causing others to feel insecure are reasons why people should accept others who are different …show more content…
During this story a young adult sets the goal of making a documentary that consists of asking folks ,“If you found a talking goldfish that granted you three wishes, what would you wish for?”. One of the persons he asks turns out to be Sergei, the main character of the text. He appears to be distressed when the young adult, Yoni, gets eager when he finds a goldfish in Sergei’s very own house which coincidently coincides with theme of his very own documentary. Keret mentions, “The kid with the earring starts screaming, ’Goldfish, goldfish,’ he’s so excited. And this, this really pressures Sergei...Sergei doesn’t like this, doesn’t like that the boy is almost at it, already reaching for the jar......[Sergei] seems to have taken the burner off the stove and hit the boy in the head. The boy falls… The camera breaks open on the floor, along with the boy’s skull.”(lines 98-102) In this excerpt, it is shown that Yoni is hysterical about the presence of the goldfish, and seems to be so excited that he fails to restrain himself from straining to grab the goldfish, even though it does not belong to him. This evidently aggravates Sergei so much that he kills Yoni by slamming the burner into his skull, causing him to pass away. It can be inferred that Sergei’s way of thinking excludes the idea that you can attempt to reach for others property or anything that does not belong to you, so when he was confronted with the exact situation that disagrees with his way of thinking, it caused him to impulsively execute Yoni. Sergei did not take the time to care or attempt to comprehend the dissimilar method of thinking that Yoni had. Moreover, the short story, “What, of this Goldfish, Would You Wish?” depicts the concept that humanity must receive others who are unlike
Imagine living in a world where humans are treated equally and fairly no matter what race or ethnicity there is. Since the year of 1776, when the United States was formerly established, it has always been known as giving “equality” for all Americans. Why does equality have to be set on limitations for who receives it and who does not? Authors Cindy Camaro, Roger Daniels, and (publisher of “The Only Way to Handle it” image) all explains the harsh treatment that illegal immigrants faces through by rhetorical devices. The devices used proves that illegal immigrants should be given an opportunity to a path to citizenship in the Unites States and be treated fairly.
In the story, the schizophrenic character that suffers from social anxiety strikes a boy solely off of impulse in fear of his fish's life, as it states in the text “In this instant Sergei understands the boy didn't come for television, what he came for, specifically, is to snatch Sergei’s fish, to steal it away. Before the mind of Sergei Goralick really understands what it is his body has done, he seems to have taken the burner off the stove and hit the boy in the head.” this quote signifies that the character Sergei believes that Yoni didn't bombard his home for the reason he said, he believes he came to take his fish. The character feels so strong about this that the author even goes on to say that he tries to “steal it away”. Steal, as in something morally wrong. After this thought, Sergei murders Yoni in panic of losing his only friend, the fish. This fish realistically is not even special, and can not talk. Realizing this we can categorise Sergei as schizophrenic, meaning he is delusional, and has a false perception of reality, he is unable to differ what is real and fake, therefor he is not a functioning member to society. Not only is he schizophrenic, but he is a psychopath, unable to comprehend his own actions at the moment he is doing it and acting off of impulse, moreover he also suffers from social anxiety unable to properly integrate his thoughts and feelings into words so he uses actions. Because Sergei was isolated for so long and misapprehended this fallen character has grown to be a murderer, psychopath, and lastly schizophrenic, all due to people not understanding him for who he truly is and not giving him the help and attention he needs, which is why people should accept others for who they are despite their differences because
What would it be like to wake up everyday knowing you would get bullied, mistreated, and/or abused just because of where you were born? Discrimination still exists! “Discrimination remains and there is an increase in hate crimes against Hispanics, Latinos and Mexican-Americans, as one of the perceived symbols of that discrimination, the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence, nears completion. Instead of pulling together in these difficult times, we may see a greater polarization of attitudes” (Gibson). But why are hate crimes increasing towards Latin and Hispanic aliens and what types of discrimination are occurring against them? Understanding violence towards the Hispanic and Latin alien is divided into three main classes; the difference between legal and illegal aliens, the attacks and effects, and the point of view of different people towards aliens.
At first, Yoni is at Sergei’s house to interview him for a documentary, but when Yoni enters he becomes intrigued by Sergei’s goldfish. This is when Sergei hits Yoni across the head with an object and kills him. We later find out he did this because his fish is magical and Sergei thought Yoni wanted to take the goldfish away from him. Sergei has one wish left that the goldfish can grant him, but Sergei does not want to use it on the boy because he does not want to lose the goldfish. Sergei says “ I’ve been saving it, saving it for something (line 132).” This quote shows that Sergei does not want to use his last wish because if he does he will lose the fish. Sergei does can not accept losing the fish because he is all Sergei has. However, Sergei finally accepts the fact that the fish does not care about him when “the fish swishes his tail back and forth in the water, the way he does, Sergei knows he’s truly excited. The goldfish can already taste freedom (lines 159-161).” Sergei then uses his last wish to revive Yoni. It was hard for Sergei to let go of the fish, but he is able to accept the fish’s
In Etgar Kerets short story "What, of, This Goldfish, would you wish?", there are two main characters, Sergei and Yonatan. At the beginning of the story, the author begins to show Sergei is an egocentric person. But, as the story progresses, he becomes a warm-hearted character. On page 7, it explains that he did not want to use his last wish on Yonatan, because Sergei had used his two other wishes on his sister, who had cancer, and Sergei also used his other wish on his girlfriend at the time son. On page 8, Sergei seems obsurd because he thinks he can cover up the murder of Yonatan by mopping up the blood in his kitchen, and Sergei was going to drag Yonatan out of his house at midnight, and put him at the end of his fishing poll. Then, as
In “What, of This Goldfish, Do You Wish” by Etgar Keret the story begins with a man making a documentary named Yonatan knocks on Sergei’s door. When Sergei answers the door the man asks him “That if he had a magic goldfish that would grant
Yoni is aspiring to become a filmmaker, so he decides to film a documentary of the different people in the Middle East: “Yonatan had a brilliant idea for a documentary. He'd knock on doors. Just him. No camera crew, no nonsense. Just Yonatan, on his own, a small camera in hand, asking, If you found a talking goldfish that granted you three wishes, what would you wish for?” (Keret 1-4). As Yoni is asking, he received varying answers from a lot of different people, some being more poignant than others. Next, he goes to Sergei’s house, and he has a different experience than any other person he asked. With this in mind, Sergei does not like when people knock on his door due to his past with the KGB knocking on his door due to his father’s Zionism. Surprisingly, when Sergei opens the door, Yoni sees the goldfish and runs into Sergei’s house: “Sergei doesn't like this, doesn't like that the boy is almost at it, already reaching for the jar. In this instant Sergei understands the boy didn't come for television, what he came for, specifically, is to snatch Sergei's fish, to steal it away.” (Keret 95-98). As Yoni enters Sergei’s house, Sergei does not know what to do because, initially, he has not ever had this happen in a long time. In the events that happen, Sergei rushes to conclusions about Yoni and instantly believes Yoni will steal his
...aced the Japanese in camps, discriminated the Chinese and placed anti-Asian laws to stop their immigration into this country, as well as the segregation against blacks just a few decades ago. In recent years, we have seen laws in states limiting Latino rights as well and gay rights. There will always be restrictions placed upon new faces, as there have always been. What this article reinforces is that we are no different to those of the past. History is doomed to always repeat itself, and restrict that which is different. We always hear of our country being a melting pot and multicultural. But what we do not always hear about in classrooms is the hardships people must go through in order to be included and rise above the discrimination. This type of article would serve well as an opener for discussions about tolerance, transnationalism and acceptance of all cultures.
Russian talking goldfish and murder is the basis of ‘What of This Goldfish, Would You Wish‘. Reading ‘What of This Goldfish, Would You Wish’ is about a young boy, known as Yonatan or Yoni for short, and his journey throughout his neighborhood to interview his neighbors and search for a talking goldfish. He stumbles upon a house occupied by a resident named Sergei Goralick who had recently moved from Russia. He describes Yoni as the boy with a ring in his ear and tries his best to keep Yoni from entering his home. But to no avail Yoni trespasses in his home and sees the goldfish sitting upon Sergei's counter. As Yoni reaches for the goldfish, he is hit with a pot from the stove and murdered. In turn the talking goldfish did grant three wishes and had asked Sergei to wish for what he desired for the last time. If one had the goldfish in their possession, what type of wishes would they desire? If I had the goldfish in my possession, what would I wish for? I would wish for correct amount of change to be in my pocket to purchase any item of my choice, world peace, and the suffering to end
A man named William James, an American philosopher, once said, “Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.”
To begin with, What of This Goldfish displays how even thought through wishing can create problems. In the story the main character Sergei has obtained a magical, talking, wishing goldfish. All at once, a stranger comes to his door intrigued by the fish Sergei mistakes his excitement for greed and kills him. Sergei was afraid that the intruder would take the goldfish, the only reason that he cared for the goldfish was not for the last wish that remained but for the comforting
Latinos face a lot of discrimination when they come to the united stated or they try to assimilate to the American culture. Most immigrants have to deal with the police investigating them because they think they are all drug dealers or are in some type of illegal organization. They also have to deal with people calling them names because of their skin color. Americans also accuse Hispanics of stealing their jobs (Ramos, 53). They also face seeing racist graffiti on homes or wall of a building and they have to face hate crimes (Plunkett, 15). They sometimes get excluded from white communities (Plunkett, 39). Latinos are also blamed for serious problems the country faces (Ramos, 195). There are reasons for Americans to discriminate Latinos and reasons why they shouldn’t discriminate them.
A basic synopsis of this narrative is that primarily a boy, Yonatan, decides to make a film of the responses of people to the question, “If you found a talking goldfish that granted you three wishes, what would you wish for?” This young man goes about this task by carrying a camera round and asking this query to random people. It all proceeds smoothly until the boy comes upon Segri Goralick, wherein Yoni begins “knocking” and “rapping” on the door. It just so happens that Sergi is in possession of a talking magical goldfish, which he mistakenly perceives Yoni as attempting to steal. Sergi ends up murdering the boy. After killing his guest, the man has an inner conflict on whether or not he should use his last wish to save Yoni or not. In the process of these occurrences, Sergi reveals
Criss Jami, a modern American poet, essayist, and philosopher, best known for his book, Killosophy, wrote, “It’s not at all hard to understand a person; it’s only hard to listen without bias.” In today’s world, differences form an obstinate barrier in relationships with others. To overcome this tremendous obstacle, one must resolve to communicate, look past stereotypes, and extend friendship to those who are different.
There are many instance in which I’m scared, perplexed, and feel lost, however, it is something that has become normal to me. Through these instances and many more I have been able to understand what being a woman of color means in America. As a woman of color I still have yet to fully understand and grasp my mind around this phenomena, however, “Debates over the causes of the continued advantage that non-Hispanic whites enjoy in the labor market center on several key processes: population changes, industrial restructuring, disarticulation, and discrimination”(pg. 9, Browne). Being of Hispanic and African-American background I have experienced different instances in which each of my races are discriminated against differently. In a lot of instances being African-American is seen as worse than being Hispanic. “In 1944, Myrdal derided the “treatment” of African Americans as “America’s greatest failure”(2021) that was engendering a fundamental social struggle. Fifty years later, this struggle continues”(pg. 9, Browne). I have surpassed all obstacles that I have encountered and beat all the statistics that others have put onto me. No matter my race or gender I truly believe that I can achieve anything I want, no matter how cliché that might sound. “You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.”― Abraham