A Town Like Alice Discussion


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.

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