Length: 819 words (2.3 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓
Amish Documentary

I.      Title:          The Amish
     Date:          12/23/04
     Time:          12:30
     Library:     West Linn Public Library

II.     I have heard very little of the Amish people. I always seem to hear jokes made about them and conversations about how crazy they are for not using electricity. I decided that I actually wanted to learn about them to test the validity of the comments I hear.

III.     Besides the fact that Amish where black, flat hats and don’t use electricity, I know nothing about the Amish.

IV.     In this documentary the filmmakers got a hold of a very articulate old Amish man. I enjoyed hearing him speak about what his life was like as a child. He explained a lot of things about his family and how they lived. There were several accounts of certain activities that they would do. For instance, after church the boys would get together and play this ball game where one would try to hit another with a hard ball. I would not expect that many other Amish cultures would do this, yet they are implying in the video that this is what all the Amish are like. There were also many stories told that showed just how strict these people were and how closely they followed their religion. The documentary stated that in order for the Amish to still make a living, more modernized tools had to be used. One of the ones recently accepted was the machine that milked cows mechanically. Without this, the Amish man explained, the Amish could not get by. The man also explained that his family and other families in his community would ask neighbors to take them in a car somewhere on occasion. Also, as time progressed, the Amish were allowed to use pay phones located outside of the village.

I think it was great the filmmakers could get a source like this, but I only really heard about the religion/ lifestyle via one persons’ stories. I am sure that many of the things his family or community did were not the same as every single other Amish family or community. Also, I constantly recognized footage that I had seen before, in that same film. They were obviously just looking at one specific community. If there are thousand of different Amish people out there, there must be hundreds of different interpretations of the religion. I would have liked to see a different community and see how they lived to see if the Amish really were alike everywhere or if each community was unique.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Shakers." 16 Aug 2018

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Upholding Shakers Traditions Essay

- Traditions Upheld The Shakers are universally admired for their architecture and handcrafts. Shakers believed that they served God by approaching every task with care. This care resulted in a distinctive Shaker style of architecture, furniture and decorative arts characterized by traditional Shaker values of simplicity, utility and fine craftsmanship. The Shaker sense of order and neatness is reflected in the clean lines and lack of ornamentation of their designs. Shakers were pioneers of the principles of form and function advocated later by architects and designers....   [tags: essays research papers]

Free Essays
453 words (1.3 pages)

Comparing Two Plays: Shakers and Teechers Essay

- Comparing Two Plays: Shakers and Teechers I am going to compare and contrast this piece to another play called "Shakers" which is of a similar style and is by the same writer. The format of "Teechers" is a play set within a play where 3 or more students perform memories from their time at secondary school; this means that the actors/actresses must play multiple characters. "Teechers" is set in a modern day Secondary School in England. My contribution was to play two characters called Gail and Nixon; my main character was Nixon who was a young casual male teacher new to the school in which the play was set....   [tags: Papers]

Free Essays
546 words (1.6 pages)

‘Bouncers 1990s Remix’ by John Godber and ‘Shakers-Restirred’ by John Godber and Jane Thornton

- For my Coursework I studied ‘Bouncers – 1990s Remix’ by John Godber, and ‘Shakers-Restirred’ by John Godber and Jane Thornton. For my Coursework I studied ‘Bouncers – 1990s Remix’ by John Godber, and ‘Shakers-Restirred’ by John Godber and Jane Thornton. Originally set in the 1980s but later adapted for the nineties, the plays are often performed together. They tell stories about urban nightlife from the points of view of nightclub bouncers and cocktail waitresses. Each play only involves four actors, and they play all the parts....   [tags: Drama]

Free Essays
1532 words (4.4 pages)

Essay about Shakers

- Amish Documentary I. Title: The Amish Date: 12/23/04 Time: 12:30 Library: West Linn Public Library II. I have heard very little of the Amish people. I always seem to hear jokes made about them and conversations about how crazy they are for not using electricity. I decided that I actually wanted to learn about them to test the validity of the comments I hear. III. Besides the fact that Amish where black, flat hats and don’t use electricity, I know nothing about the Amish....   [tags: essays research papers]

Free Essays
819 words (2.3 pages)

Shaker Communities Essays

- Shaker Communities During the 1800’s many utopian societies sprouted in the United States. Most of these societies blossomed and faded quite quickly, but one group did not fade away like the others. This society successfully combined their faith with the reasoning of the changing times and kept their communities going strong. They are or known as the Shakers, or more formally as the members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing. The Shakers were inventors and thinkers who challenged many traditional thoughts and beliefs....   [tags: Essays Papers]

Research Papers
1278 words (3.7 pages)

The Craft Beer Industry: Beer Glassware Essay

- ... Unfortunately many of them simply use the shaker pint because it is readily available and it is a common shape that is familiar to the average customer. Although this is a step in the right direction, most breweries are not bothering with utilizing the correct shape of glass for their product. Examples are this can be seen with Hoegaarden and Stella Artois where the glassware doesn’t quite reflect the style of beer. Education programs – Educational programs such as Beer Steward Certification from the Master Brewers Association of Americas do cover the appropriate glassware for craft beer....   [tags: craft beer, shaker pint glasses, ]

Research Papers
2030 words (5.8 pages)

The Film that Shakes the World: Citizen Kane Essay

- The film, Citizen Kane is recognized as a significant historical event that forever changed the face of film history. A primary reason for this is its pioneering use of mise-en-scene, which refers to the manipulation of what appears in the frame to both guide our attention and enhance dramatic effects. (Mcgraw, 112) There are a number of ways in which mise-en-scene can be used, but for this essay I chose to go into great detail about just two of its most prominent applications featured in Citizen Kane....   [tags: film history, filmic symbolism]

Research Papers
1023 words (2.9 pages)

The Art of the Designer Essay

- The Art of the Designer The art of the designer is either shown as an important feature in the setting of the play or is noticed through looking out of place. The main features the designer has to concentrate on are: The costume-which the character has to wear, if it reflects the individuals personality e.g. red lipstick- confident. Set Design- If the items co-ordinate with one another e.g. floor tiles green and back cloth red, these two colours clash with one another. The way the room is presented especially how the Club identity is shown, being the main attraction....   [tags: Papers]

Free Essays
1234 words (3.5 pages)

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak Essay

- ... This, it said, is your accordion. The sound of the turning page carved them in half.Liesel read on. For at least twenty minutes, she handed out the story. The youngest kids were soothed by her voice, and everyone else saw visions of the whistler running from the crime scene. Liesel did not. The book thief saw only the mechanics of the words—their bodies stranded on the paper, beaten down for her to walk on. Somewhere, too, in the gaps between a period and the next capital letter, there was also Max.” One example of the main idea in this is saying that words can be like music and have hidden meanings like it explains later in the quote how everyone else is seeing the whistler running away...   [tags: book, story and character analysis]

Research Papers
1246 words (3.6 pages)

Utopian Traditions In History Essay

- A Perfect Society Hidden in Our History Imagine a world with no crime, greed or poverty. In the past, many people have had the same dream and have strived to achieve a perfect world. The specticality of society’s thoughts on a perfect world made it difficult to achieve this. However, with religion at the side of the majority of these early perfect cultural dreamers, the idea of an utopia was created. A religious or secular community, forming a community life inspired by religion is the exact definition of a utopia today (“Utopian Societies”)....   [tags: greek culture, utopia, plato]

Research Papers
1818 words (5.2 pages)

Related Searches

I was left wondering how seriously other Amish communities took their religion. Maybe other Amish communities would never ride in a car or use a payphone. Or possibly another community would own cars. It would have been interesting to compare and contrast the different traditions, activities, family life, and interpretations of the religion. I got a feeling that the filmmakers were focusing on one Amish village as opposed to focusing on the Amish religion as whole.

Also, in this film there was almost no information about the past of the Amish. I would have liked to know exactly where the descendants of the Amish came from and why they came to America. Were the Amish ancestors farmers? I had no sense of why they were doing what they were doing. Not only was there no information on the past of the Amish, but the religion was never explained. The filmmakers explained that religion was a huge part of their life, but they never explained how the Amish religion was different than others. I would have liked to known what made them believe that technology was not good for their community. The film did not even inform me of if the Amish believed in God or not. The filmmakers should have traveled to different places and interviewed different Amish people to compare and contrast between the different communities.

1)     Membership in the 20th century reached 75,000 people.
2)     The only electricity is used on the back of their buggies. This is required by law.
3)     The strictest Amish will not use upholstered furniture.
4)     Old steam tractors are used to steam tobacco beds in order to kill weed seeds and fungus before planting the tobacco.
5)     The Amish men will accept a new invention or implement but only after it is clear that this will not change his way of life.
6)     Maintaining simple ways of farming lessens the distance between the generations.
7)     Amish find their happiness and meaning in labor rather than in escape from it.
8)     Amish tap energy from rivers and wind.
9)     Power equipment is run by compressed air supplied by a diesel engine.
10)     Amish will ask for automobile transportation from neighbors, yet will never buy a car themselves.
11)     Amish will use telephones, but only pay phones.
12)     Economic pressures are making the Amish use more and more modern equipment.
13)     Several million tourists visit Amish communities each year.
14)     When Amish communities change, they often take on evangelistic interes
Return to