Analysis Of ' The Good Indian Friend ' Essay

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Words are extremely powerful; perhaps if people understood what a single phrase can make an individual do, feel, or think, we would think not only twice but rather three or four times before we went on in speaking our minds. The United States of America symbolizes freedom; the statue of liberty located in the city of New York, is a good representation of what we as Americans are guaranteed. Freedom of speech, the right to follow any religion, and the right to love and marry whoever we want are among the very few. Though these are rights granted to us by our constitution, there is a dark shadow that many minorities experience at first hand; darkness that is portrayed through the thoughts, words, and sometimes actions of those that are fortunate to have one of the most important factors in our United States, and that is, whiteness.
The first reading, titled "The Good Indian friend", revolves around the use of generalizations to express the different attributes of a person who happens to come from a different part of the world. In my interpretation and analysis of this reading, the author tries to bring to light how at times certain comments don 't seem stereotypical, but if we look further and apply them to the context of race and ethnicity, they can be hurtful and at times racists. The narrator of “The Good Indian Friend,” extensively relies on the use of "positive words" to surface and give light to the generalization of the Indian Woman; who knows everything and is the…

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