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Nigger: The Strange Career Term Paper

… " The main problem with the use of the word 'nigger' is the derogatory connotation that the word has had ever since the 1800's. That long of a history is sometimes difficult to shake.

Another problem that comes into play is the lack of interest in understanding the word and its origins, and working to return the word to something that isn't painful for so many people to hear. Some across the country are using Kennedy's essay in classrooms, in an effort to educate children about the different uses of the word, and the ways that it has been used, including humor and endearment. One such teacher was forced to apologize to a lot of parents and other teachers recently because she used the essay in her seventh-grade classroom and many parents complained. They thought it was offensive (Teacher's, 2003). It might have been, to them, but the only way that it will ever have the chance to stop being offensive is if people realize that there are other meanings for the word and other ways to look at it besides the obvious one of being a racial slur.

In the essay that Kennedy wrote, he is trying to show to everyone who reads it that the term 'nigger' means much more than what most people automatically think of. To do this, he incorporates many jokes and comments, and he doesn't seem to take any offensive to the word at all. Rather than get upset about it, he chooses to examine it, and perhaps help to determine why it has been found so very offensive for so long. He also asks many questions about the word, such as whether it's acceptable for African-Americans to use the word around each other, and whether it should be acceptable for Caucasians and other races to use the word as well. Should it be regulated? Should there be a difference in meaning when used by a different race, or is it all the same no matter who says it? (Kennedy, 3-4).

Even though the word started out as a neutral comment, became a racial slur, and has curved toward a term of endearment between certain individuals, it appears that old prejudices and stereotypes remain and that there will always be people who view it as a racial slur. These are the very likely the same people who will continue to view African-Americans as something less than Caucasian people. For this kind of people, the word 'nigger' is an insult, and it will remain so. To them it is intended to be an insult. For those that work to understand history and the power of words, however, there are many ways to look at the word 'nigger' including choosing not to use it because, regardless of personal feelings about the word, it may still offend many people.

Works Cited

English Language History. 2003. 9 October 2003

Kennedy, Randall. Nigger - The strange career of a troublesome word. New York: Pantheon, 2002.

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Tiwi of Northern Australia Term Paper

… Thus, marriage was for the Tiwi about the preservation of social order. Mandatory marriage for women ensured that all children would be properly cared for by both male and female members of society. Moreover, Tiwi babies were assigned a future spouse immediately after they were born, and widows were required to marry as soon as the husband died.

Men were offered more leeway in the marriage institution. Men were not required, as women were, to marry, but generally the most powerful men accumulated as many wives as possible. Plural marriage was viewed by the Tiwi as a necessary part of a man's development. Having a huge household as a result of plural marriage ensured that that family would enjoy more fruits of labor and the resulting esteem in the eyes of other tribe members.

The Tiwi were "extremely hostile" to the European settlers (105). It is no wonder; the Portuguese captured Tiwis and enslaved them. The authors note that contact with Europeans and European culture changed the worldview of the Tiwi people considerably. The Tiwi have since been forced to live and work within European cultural organizations and have had to contend with a more pluralistic society than their ancestors ever imagined.

The data used to write this book was collected almost a century ago and is derived from direct observation. The study is adequately scientific and non-biased. However, some of the chapters, especially those that deal with statistics and the careers of the Tiwi in the modern age, are dated.

Still, the chapters on post-colonial Kiwi life, including a description of Kiwi perception of the invaders, are fruitful for modern anthropologists. As some of the first scientists to study the Tiwi, Hart and Pilling provide fruitful information about the indigenous…… [read more]

Sing With the Pigs Term Paper

… Known as the hungry season, during this time the Kaulong rise from their self imposed hibernation and return to the jungles to plant gardens and begin to hunt and fish. The families also resume traveling and trading. In the jungle,… [read more]

Autoethnography I've Always Been Proud Term Paper

… I had friends from many different cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. My parents taught me that friendship did transcend those superficialities. For Italians, nationality and religion are paramount, though, and I understand that sometimes that can lead to prejudices and stereotyping of other races, ethnicities, or religious groups. Luckily, my family was tolerant. However, I do remember knowing other Italian families who were less accepting of differences and more apt to criticize or judge others because of their religious affiliation or their skin color. I would have to say that based on my own experiences that this does not reflect was it truly means to be Italian. Being proud of my identity does not have to entail prejudice of any kind and does not have to taint my friendships with others.

One of the ways that Italian culture is most often celebrated is with food. Italians and non-Italians alike love to eat and to eat well. Italian food is extremely popular around the world for its fantastic flavors, versatility, and freshness. We sometimes would spend hours together as a family: my mom, dad, and siblings all together cooking and preparing for big meals. When we had family or friends over for dinner, it was a joy to entertain and make everyone leave full and satisfied. I recall huge portions of antipasti, soups, salads, pastas, and main dishes, especially on special occasions like birthdays. Weddings were also an excuse to celebrate and eat a lot of good food. I believe that traditional Italian families tend to prefer fresh ingredients, and I knew many other Italian families that grew their own tomatoes or basil. Most of the Italian mothers I know, including my own, usually cooked fresh dinners instead of resorting to prepackaged processed foods. Moreover, food was not treated as an inconvenience, as it was in many of my friends' households. Rather, my family and many other Italian families we knew savored each opportunity to get together at home or at a good restaurant for dinner. Of course, wine often flowed around the dinner table as well and is as integral to Italian culture as food.

For Italians, food, family, and friendship go hand in hand. I fell honored and lucky to have been born into a Roman Catholic Italian family, and am quite proud of my heritage. My pride partly arises from the positive attitude my parents gave me toward my background, but much of it evolved as I realized how much I appreciate what it means to be Italian. Knowing how important family ties are will help me to be a better parent in the future; whether or not I marry another Italian or even another Catholic, I will definitely teach my children many of the same values that I learned as a child. Watching how my parents treated their friends helped me to honor and respect my own friendships. Finally, appreciating my culture would not be possible without acknowledging how wonderful Italian food is and how it ties… [read more]

Measure Term Paper

… Jaques's speech is still a moving explanation of how quickly and totally human beings can change, and, indeed, do change in this play. The same theme carries through "Measure for Measure." Isabella has to change to save her brother. She has to change her ambition to become a nun; she has to learn how to love, and to learn how to sacrifice. Her outlook on the law also has to change through the play for her to grow up. She realizes the laws are not made for everyone when Angelo propositions her. She is shocked but she will not give up her virtue, even to save her brother. "Which had you rather: the most just law now took your brother's life; or, to redeem him, give up your body to such sweet uncleanness as she that he hath stained?" (Shakespeare II iv). She has to change, and that is part of the theme of the stages in our lives that Shakespeare builds throughout these two plays.

Another important theme that runs through both plays is the natural world compared with the confined world of the court. In "As You Like It," the city dwellers make fun of country life, those who live in the Arden forest relish their surroundings, and their closeness to nature and the natural world. "Are not these woods / More free from peril than the envious court?...And this our life, exempt from public haunt, / Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, / Sermons in stones, and good in everything. / I would not change it" (Shakespeare II, i). The life in the court is stiff and boring, while life in the country is free and pleasant. The same is true of "Measure for Measure." The Duke's court is full of morals and laws and strict beliefs, while the lives of the people are far different, and much more natural and relaxed. Shakespeare develops these themes to show his audience how laws and morality are not always the only right path to choose, and that laws are not made for everyone, or every situation. The "natural" world of the people in the town in "Measure for Measure" is more natural than the stiff and unyielding court, with its impressive ceremonies and dependence on rules instead of emotions. The theme here is that people are naturally more emotional, and they may sin from time to time, but that does not make them evil, it just makes them human. The themes all blend together here, and that is another way Shakespeare demonstrates the themes throughout these two plays - they all come together in the end, which means they all balance each other.

In conclusion, Shakespeare uses many themes in his plays to reach his audience, and to get across important messages about life, love, growth, and happiness. Sometimes he uses humor, as in "As You Like It," and sometimes he uses a more dramatic style, as in "Measure for Measure." Either way, he always manages… [read more]

Ellen Glasgow, "Barren Ground Term Paper

… Yet, to complete the character Dorinda's liberation resides in the fact that she discovers that she has also inherited good character traits from her father. As she becomes a more fully developed character she realizes the strength of her connection to the land and to tradition.

A what gives Dorinda her sense of independence and allows her to escape the futility of her father's life is her realization that she has inherited good traits from her father as well as her mother. For despite his limitations, he has maintained throughout his life a closeness to nature that has allowed him to endure. This "kinship with the land" has been passed along to Dorinda "through her blood into her brain; and she knew that this transfigured instinct was blended of pity, memory, and passion." This, combined with the determination to overcome and rise above obstacles, a trait inherited from her mother, allows her to find her life's work in successful farming (pp. 233-236).

(Carr, 1996)

Though Carr redeems his opinion of Galsgow through a fair interpretation of Dorinda he still seems to have a simplistic view of the subtlety of Glasgow's work. Having read the novel it is clear that the defining character, Dorinda is going through a period of growth that enables her to see her father and eldest brother as people of merit, regardless of their coarse natures. Dorinda embraces her growth and accepts the ideals that are a part of her heritage. Though stating that the character Dorinda loses her expectations or "has learned to live without joy," seems harsh. Dorinda has learned that reducing her expectations of others and the future, especially where she can have so little real impact makes her a more happy peaceful person not a less happy person.

Though Carr contends that there is no real solution offered for the dichotomy of old vs. new or traditional vs. modern, the real interpretation lies in the idea that each step toward anything is gradual. Dorinda realizes that she has a lack of control over just how much change can occur and though this may be sad because she seems to lose so much of her vision through this realization she also acknowledges the vision in what is right in from of her, the land, her family and a simple life. Dorinda learns that it is alright to be just who she is and not ruin her own life by constantly trying to manipulate and alter her situation.

The context of Glasgow's era was marked by the desire for characters that were believable to women, who lived real lives in America. There was little glamour to be had and the audience Glasgow was trying to reach wanted to hear that there was hope in everyday life and that there was admiration for enduring a simple existence with pride. Dorinda was a complete character because she could be looked up to and at the same time sympathized with. There were thousands of housewives reading Glasgow's works… [read more]

Everyday Use by Alice Walker Term Paper

… Rather, she is a patient and tolerant character as she took all kinds of Dee's actions and words.

Quilt Preference to Maggie

The two old handmade quilts were made by their Grandma Dee and quilted by the mother and her own sister, known as Big Dee. These quilts were promised to Maggie to take them with her into her new marriage. However, Dee never wanted Maggie to take them since according to her Maggie can never appreciate these quilts and would probably use them for daily usage.

On the other hand, Maggie was scared to surrender the most beloved quilts to Dee but the mother took the quilts away from Dee after feeling a sudden flow of rebellion in Maggie for the quilts. Thus, the promised quilts were given to Maggie who in real terms deserved it.


The reason why Maggie deserved the quilt is because despite all of Dee's education and worldliness, she neither knows, nor values her real culture and heritage. It is through this preference of quilt Walker showed that cultural change that Dee preferred is not changing names, speaking a foreign tongue, wearing bright dresses, or having different hair. One's culture and heritage is not an article to be adopted for trend-sake, using as conveniently as one would wear clothing. As Maggie always cherished and valued the cultural heritage of her family and home, she deserved the quilt more than Dee as one's culture and heritage is not any article to be adopted for trend-sake, using as conveniently as one would wear clothing nor they suddenly picked up like an antique found in some shop. People who possess their real culture and heritage use it everyday in their lives just as Maggie did.

Works Cited

Walker, Alice Everyday Use.

Walker, Alice. Everyday Use (Women Writers) Volume edited and introduced by Barbara T.

Christian. Rutgers University Press

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Edith Wharton's 'The Age Term Paper

… Their society does not tolerate deviation from its authoritarian etiquette. Ellen Olenska comes back into this society from the outside, genuinely unaware of its' unyielding boundaries. She is both a heroine and victim of society. She has come from a… [read more]

Photographers: Exploring the World Term Paper

… She quickly learned how not to draw attention to herself.

After graduating high school, she moved to San Francisco. She worked in a photo finishing department of a camera store to pay the rent, making friends with a number of… [read more]

Heroes of Their Own Lives Term Paper

… In fact, in this study I met extremely violent and cruel women, as well as women whose passivity was sometimes literally murderous toward their children (Gordon vii).

As Gordon's text continues, she shows how family abuse became more recognized in… [read more]

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