An Ordinary Man Essay

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1. Rusesabagina writes that “a false view of history is a toxin in the bloodstream.” How have you experienced this is your own life? Is there such a thing as a completely true view of history?
It seems as though wherever there is a disagreement between two people, each of them always has a different story. Given this, two friends of mine fought over a bet they had made. One said the bet was for $20 while the other disagreed that they had never shaken hands to declare it. This is a prime example of what Rusesabagina is describing. No matter what situation one is in, there will always be differing opinions over what took place simply because people are often biased in their views of the past, seeing only how it affected him or her. Thus, I
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If we did not, we would have nothing to say when our peers discussed last night’s TV show or the new song on the radio. To further prove this theory, I read an interview with Rusesabasgina and he states, “You have to know what people are saying in order to argue against their points of view. “ 4. When you see a man like Rusesabagina (or Oskar Schindler in the film Schindler’s List) save lives by paying bribes to government agents, does it change how you look at the role graft plays in society? This is not just a “yes” or “no” answer. Explain your answer.
No, graft will always be in a government. Whether it is a governor being tried for adultery or a president being impeached, graft is a role in every government. Without it, Rusesabagina or Schindler would not have been successful in carrying out their compromises. 5. How does Rusesabagina use the “Rwandan No” as a way to critique first his own culture and then the international community?
The “Rwandan No” has become a universal term. In the autobiography, An Ordinary Man, Rusesabagina speaks of his country, Rwanda, as a peaceful place. He mentions that Rwandans are too polite to say no. Instead of simply declining, Rwandans make up excuses until the inquiring person gives up asking or gets the hint. Throughout the novel, Rusesabagina shows many instances where the “Rwandan no” gradually transgressed from polite to scornful as it became used

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