Is It A Tree Without Roots? Essay

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The noted Jamaican publisher, Marcus Garvey, once proclaimed that, "people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." Garvey’s remark creates a myriad of parallels with my own experiences. As I considered the notion of "people and place," I concluded that, regardless of our heritage and ancestral home, it is the way in which we view other people that determines how we, ourselves, are viewed. In hindsight, having been placed up for adoption, I am frequently asked about my viewpoint with regards to this experience. I attempt to remain appreciative for their concern, but I tell them that my adoptive parents have, essentially been my biological parents since I was 7 weeks old. Although my past has the ability to adversely affect my morals, my perception of others and my future, this is unlikely to occur unless I allow this to encroach upon my life. Incontrovertibly, much about our perception of other people is based upon prejudice that has affected some aspect of our lives, either directly or indirectly.

No text better explores the implications of prejudice than James Fenimore Cooper’s 1820s adventure novel, The Last of the Mohicans. It is 1757, and the French and Indian War grips the wild forest frontier of western New York, as France and England battle for control of the Native American colonies. The concept of hybridity is central to the novel’s thematic explorations of “people and place,” which is embodied by the…

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