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Assimilatory Connections

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Mihir Patel

on 31 May 2014

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Transcript of Assimilatory Connections

Familial and Societal Assimilation
Cultural and familial values have caused me to assimilate, to a degree, for certain views on society or on specific actions and limitations affect my choices. From morality and ethics to composing a decision, these components play a major role, and those characteristics govern my conduct, consequences, and thus, life. It is manifest that certain values can cause controversy; however, the correct decisions are the ones that optimally ameliorate society and the individual. These values are reflected within the foundation of our family.
Monetary, Educational, and Peer-Related Assimilation
These particular forms of assimilation offer many benefits and challenges. Finance and education can result in the expansion, yet also the limitation, of opportunity. Peer-related assimilation is typically connected to "fitting into society". With numerous cliques and groups of companionship present abundantly, it becomes relatively essential to join those groups {especially in this era of social media, which is used by 72% of all internet users (
)}. However, that has resulted in the development of different characteristics in me and has caused me to lose parts of my true "identity". It is, in addition, a timely process and offers several chances for amelioration, but also conflict.
Assimilation, a prominent characteristic of cultural development and the formation and enhancement of society, involves the merging of distinct groups of people. It can pertain to an individual, as well, in the sense of developing a resemblance of another, different group. Assimilation varies between the individual and the society, and its existence and level of amplification can be dependent on environment and circumstances; religious, cultural, and/or national values; familial and peer-related relationships; adversity; perception; etc. It is present throughout each day in one’s lifetime; assimilation, indubitably, cannot be ignored.
Assimilation in Regards to Goals
The forming and enhancement of relationships have influenced my goals, causing them to be altered. Composed by myself, my family, and our values, my aspirations stand as a reflection of my character. Through assimilation, I have been able to enhance them by understanding and accepting the positive implications of an action and ignoring the negative parts.
Cultural Assimilation
The immigration to a foreign country presents several opportunities of procuring success, happiness, freedoms, and endeavor. It also, however, results in assimilation. When my grandparents and parents arrived in the United States from India, life drastically changed and the need to adapt became increasingly prominent for them. Being a different religion, Hinduism, and a different nationality creates a distinction for us in society. Not only has it allowed us to learn and grow, but it has caused us to become one of other cultures (consequently and unfortunately resulting in the loss of parts of our native "identity").
Assimilatory Connections
Prepared By:
Mihir Patel

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun
Faced with financial adversities, Walter experiences difficulty in assimilating to the present condition of the family and understanding the values and components necessary to preserve integrity. There is a limitation to his aspirations, and as a result, a cause for conflict.
Mama's lifestyle is primarily based upon
her goals because, not only does she thrive
off of the ones she has previously accomplished, she attempts to maintain her ambitions (developing and tending to a garden) despite the family's struggles, a key component in the preservation of the Younger family.
Literature Connections
Beneatha's relationships with Asagai and George Murchison are greatly impacted by the debate of assimilating vs. not assimilating. This spurs conflict, but also the development in the characterization of all characters aforementioned.
Ruth's dreams and goals inspire her to overly desire and pursue a home with more amenities
and space than the apartment. Her will to
assimilate into the culture of those who are more
fortunate monetarily causes her to not only
harm her relationship
with Walter, but
experience adversity
Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart
British colonialism
of Nigeria
Okonkwo's need to be a prominent figure
in Umuofian society is his desire for the
actions he commits, such as displaying
masculinity and no other feeling in public,
contributing to the murder of Ikemefuna,
proposing strategies for warfare, etc.
Assimilation is present during the exile of Okonkwo and his family from Umuofia, for Okonkwo, primarily, has to learn the value's of his mother's family. Uchendu teaches him of the importance of women in society and about having passion to ameliorate all members of a family. His lessons cause Okonkwo to improve subtly.
British enforcement of rule in the Ibo villages -
introduction of Christianity, establishment of
judicial and educational systems, construction
of a hospital - is forcing clan members to
assimilate. This adaptation is welcomed
freely by many people, resented and feared
by many others, or simply even ignored.
Assimilation causes disagreement and conflict.
The prominence of masculinity in Ibo culture forces many men to assimilate into a different, more aggressive character or to derision (as a result of failure to assimilate).
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