'An Indian Father's Plea' By Bharati Mukherjee

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Could you imagine a world where everyone that is of the same culture acted precisely the same way? Well, this would never happen because there are many factors that go into a person’s personality, not just cultural views. Examples of this are shown in many writings, memoirs, and letters throughout our learning. Evidence is shown in the essay, “An Indian Father’s Plea” by Robert Lake (Medicine Grizzlybear), the informational text, “What is Cultural Identity?” by Elise Trumbell and Maria Pacheco, and the personal essay, “Two Ways to Belong in America” by Bharati Mukherjee. Through these passages, we get a taste of the many ways we can be affected by our culture and heritage. A person’s culture can immensely shape their lifestyle and overall views using religion, clothing, music, food, etc.; however, we still have some control over our way of life.…show more content…
“It is our people’s way of showing the newborn respect, ensuring that he starts his life on the path of spirituality” (Lake 75). This quote shows that the way Wind Wolf was raised distinguishes him from the other children, considering that he is far more in touch with his spiritual self than his academic determination. We observe that the things he has learned culturally as a child have shaped the way he sees things, and absorbs information today completely. “He has been decorated in a number of different healing ceremonies by medicine men and women from diverse places.” (Lake 76.) From this quote, Wind Wolf comes off as a very wise boy at a young age, who will use his culture to his advantage in his older years. His life has been shaped totally by his culture alone. This is one example of immense cultural impact on one’s
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