A Town Like Alice: Discussion Essay, Research Paper
A Town Like Alice: Discussion
?Even though cultures differ, people are basically the same.?
This is a statement that depends a lot on what you mean with basically. I think
people are pretty much the same all around the world but and they definitely
could end up being almost the same if they was raised in exactly the same way
and had the exact same possibilities in life.
If the basic characteristics are those you have when you’re new-borned then I
think it’s obvious that they are almost the same, some things are of course
genetic but I believe that the main part depends on your way of living.
It’s not only the culture that matters but also the religion and the type of
country you live in. These two naturally affects culture a lot and the culture
affects them so there are no sharp limit between them.
An example from the book is the Australians, whose culture is rather close to
the English, but there are few Englishmen who would have liked the loneliness in
the big country Australia, and even fewer Australians, (I think), would feel
comfortable in the crowded England.
Another example in the book that is more about religion and culture is the
Japanese soldier who walked with the girls in Malaya when they got the stolen
poultry from Joe. The soldier is abused by his captain and he finds it so
humiliating that he looses his will to live. When he’s infected by the fever he
doesn’t fight it and he dies. This is a mentality that is or maybe was very
common in Japan. A person from the west would never feel so bad about loosing
his face as a man from Japan.
The differences between cultures can be something that maybe some of the persons
would like to change if they got the possibilities but it has never occurred to
them to do so because they are used to the way it is. In the book this is found
amongst the Malayan women that has to work on the fields, look after the kids
and sleep on the floor.
I don’t think that they would want to be repressed by the men , but they are too
used to it change it.
What I’m trying to say with this essay is that you can’t tell if people are the
same or not because they have been too influenced by the culture that they’re
living in. The basic values are probably the same, everyone wants peace etc.,
but the way of achieving these goals differs. It isn’t really interesting to
know if people would have turned out the same if they wasn’t affected by
cultures because I think it’s a great thing that there is such things as
different cultures and different religions, but I would like to have the
opportunity to examine different cultures closer to see what fits me the best.