Work: The Importance in Various Cultures

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Cultural differences may be obvious enough when considering how different countries, or nations, thrive through economic, political, military, and perhaps industrial means; however, not many will consider the similarities due to situational conflicts. For instance, while a poverty/surplus barrier may separate the economies of two specific economies from different nations they will maintain connections within the family, work, ethics, and so forth. Such is the case with Moses Milstein’s short story “Memories of Montreal-and Richness” and Rohinton Mistry’s “Lend Me Your Light”; both portray drastically different cultures and yet they place an acute stress upon the importance of work. Not only do both stories suggest that work is vital for the wellbeing of the community, but that it also aids in preserving cultural identity and creating a foothold for future generations.

As mentioned above, Milstein and Mistry use extensive detail within their short stories to suggest the importance of work for the health, or wellbeing, of both the community and the citizens therein. Moses Milstein alluded to this fact several times within his document by mentioning the various businesses and their role in the Montreal community. He states that there were Jewish and French “convenience” stores, Chinese launders, English delicatessens, factories, butcher houses and the typical farming crowd, all of which worked in the close nit community to serve each other. While some businesses faired exceptionally well, such as the factory and bakeries, other companies, like the Jewish tailor, had noticeable issues and struggled to maintain their position within the town. Despite this fact each aspect of work was considered vital and the citizens relied upon them for the community to run effectively. Mistry follows a similar method within his own story as he places the work into separate and distinct
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