Essay on Cultural Differences Between African And European Races

1101 Words Oct 9th, 2014 5 Pages
There are many different cultures that exist in our current society. Many cultural conflicts in the past have led to superiority of cultures over others, which has resulted in slavery in some cases. This leads to the concept of cultures, clashes, communities and freedom. These concepts can be conveyed through many different ideas in texts. The two texts The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation by M.T. Anderson and The Arrival by Shaun Tan, convey the ideas of cultural difference and isolation which display perceptions on cultures, clashes, communities and freedom.
One idea presented in these texts which is relevant to the concept of cultures, clashes, communities and freedom is cultural differences. The cultural difference that is present in these texts shows the concept of contrast in cultures as well as possible conflicts and clashes that exist between particular races. The Astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, distinguishes the differences between the African and European races. In the text, Octavian’s mother, Cassiopeia was purchased by Mr Gitney, the head of a college named Novanglian College of Lucidity (NCL). This college is where Octavian was born and where he grew up. Octavian was the main subject of experiments that occurred in the college. This human experimentation allowed for Mr Gitney to discover evidence that African people can be as smart as white people if given a classical education. Through this context, it is…

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