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Cultural Memory Loss Essay

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In the stories "The Lovers" by Bessie head, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and the essay "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell they all deal with the idea of a culture trying to mix traditional aspects and modern aspects. In each of these stories the main character confronts the traditional culture of one group of people being mixed and changed by the modern culture of the European's. Also I will talk about the changes in our more modern culture through the eyes of my grand father. In Thing Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe the main character Okonkwo has a hard time dealing with any change in his traditional culture. This happens many times in the novel. For example the time ...view middle of the document...

After this the parents make an exception to tradition and their culture and they allow them to marry. In shooting an elephant by George Orwell the main character an English man come face to face with a big problem, whether to kill an elephant that killed member of the village or follow the tradition and allow the elephant to roam around and go free. In the traditional culture of the people of Burma the elephant would be allowed to go free but in a modern culture an elephant would be killed. Through out the essay the main character is forced to make this decision. Ultimately in the end the man makes the decision to kill the elephant. This decision makes the people of Burma forget what they would have done and they go with what the new English people would have done and they think that the English are correct and forget what they would have done. In today's society especially in my generation the shows on TV land such as the Brady bunch; I love Lucy and shows like that died away during the early part of my...

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