Two Old Women, By Velma Wallis

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The world is filled with many different types of societies and cultures. This is due to the fact that many people share dissimilar beliefs and ideas, as well as diverse ways of life. People lived under different circumstances and stipulations, therefore forming cultures and societies with ideas they formulated, themselves. These two factors, society and culture, are what motivate people to execute the things that they do. Many times, however, society and culture can cause downgrading effects to an assemblage if ever it is corrupt or prejudiced. Society and culture not only influences the emotions individuals have toward things like age differences, religion, power, and equality but also the actions they perform as a result.
People of different ages often have problems with one another because of the depravity of society and culture. Because of age differences, people are usually seen as incapable or have no ability to carry out things that others are able to do, like surviving or taking care of themselves. In one book, Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis, the two main characters, Sa’ and Ch’idzigyaak, were left because they were old and just wore down the tribe or so the tribe believed. “The council and I have arrived at a decision… We are going to have to leave our old ones behind” (Wallis5). They thought that doing so would help them rebound and get back to living a normal lifestyle. However, the complete opposite of what they expected happened. Instead of thriving, many of the tribe’s members ended up dying on their journey. The society that they were a part of made a decision of leaving the elderly behind, in hopes of recovery, but deterioration is what resulted. In the end, the society and its influences on the desperate people is what damaged them than the two old women that they had left.
Different types of societies and cultures can also cause discrepancies between religions. The laws that one society has may only support one type of religion as another may support a different one. When cultures intertwine and mix, varied feelings will be felt and unpleasant actions may be the outcome from them. Take the story of Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, for example. In the story, the Ibo people were living in harmony and went about their daily routines until the English men arrived and damaged everything. They brought a new religion, Christianity, which had completely different concepts than the one that the Ibo tribe had been following. Many converted and chose to join the world of the Christians while the others stayed loyal to their culture. “He went back to the church… He would return later to his mother and his brothers and sisters and convert them to the new faith” (Achebe152). Nwoye was allured to this new way of life showed to them, and as an outcome, he joined the English men. By the end of this story, the whole Ibo culture was obliterated and destroyed. Their way of life became but a memory in the history of the world. Culture cannot...

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