Essay on Religion, Language, And Geography

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Over the course of history, many ancient empires have shared one common practice, a practice which linked these various cultures over the boundaries of religion, language, and even geography: colonialism. This custom often involved inserting colonists into foreign lands, encountering indigenous people, and most importantly, establishing trading networks amongst themselves; the settlers take over certain portions of the land’s natural resources, and the natives gain access to superior technology. However, such relationships between colonists and the indigenous populace did not always yield positive results, as the ancient Chinese developed an addiction to opium marketed by the British, spurring conflicts such as the First Opium War; Indians endured second-class treatment, yet were obligated to fight for the British Empire in World War II; and Native Americans who came into contact with American settlers often contracted diseases and developed a harmful affinity for alcohol. Such influences often spurred these native populations to develop a dependency on their colonial counterparts, allowing these foreign powers to subject them to their own laws and rules, and ultimately their culture. Similarly, in the short stories “A Justice” and “The Bear” by William Faulkner, Faulkner emphasizes the destructive consequences of abandoning one’s culture through his comparison and contrast of the characters Doom and Boon, his use of metaphors and symbols to embody the dispossession of the…

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