Thursday, May 19, 2016

What goes wrong when people only view history from one perspective?

When people only view history from one perspective they are unable to understand what the people on the other side of the situation are feeling. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, written by Sherman Alexie, it points out how most people do not understand how awful Native Americans were treated; and still are. In the book, 14 year old, Arnold, is in school and his teacher frequently will come to class in his pajamas because he doesn't care enough about the Native American kids he is teaching. To add to that, the textbooks they are using at the school are so old that when Arnold opens his, it has his mothers name written in it from when she was in school. At one point in the book, Arnold's teacher, Mr. P, tells him, “If you stay on the rez, they’re going to kill you. I’m going to kill you. We’re all going to kill you” (Alexie 43). He is trying to tell Arnold that if he stays on the reservation then he will always be poor and barely surviving, but if he leaves then he may have a chance to make something of himself. Everyone seems to overlook how horribly Native Americans have been treated and now they are left with practically nothing.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

What happens to good people put in evil places?

When civilized people are put in evil places there are many things that could happen. They could be strong and stay civilized or they could end up cracking under the pressure and giving into the evil. What happens during these circumstances depends on the kind of person and who they are with. One example of people giving in to the evil is the Stamford Prison experiment. The experiment was supposed to show what would happen when good people are put in bad places, but nobody ever thought it could end so badly. The Guards acted inhumanly toward the prisoners by abusing them. The prisoners started to act back and attack the guards. Then, the guards would hurt the prisoners and put then in solitary confinement. The prisoners started to feel like they were actually in a real prison and when asked what there name was they would say there number instead of there name. The way the guards were acting is very similar to how Jack and his tribe were acting in "Lord of the Flies."