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    Language is an immensely powerful aspect of each individual’s identity and it largely determines and influences how we think and what we think about. As German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said, “the limits of my language mean the limits of my world”. Though I believe there are definitely other factors that limit or expand one’s “world”, I agree that language strongly influences one’s perspective of the world and overall identity. In her memoir, Lost in Translation, Eva Hoffman addresses this very idea that one’s identity is deeply interconnected with one’s language and when the flow of language is disrupted, changes in one’s identity also occur. Throughout her memoir, Hoffman uses her own experiences to bring across the message that without a concrete foundation in a language, you cannot have a clear identity. The memoir begins with the chapter, “Paradise”, which recounts all the happy childhood memories that young Eva experienced in her homeland, Cracow, Poland. In Poland where her main language was Polish, Hoffman’s identity was firmly rooted in Polish culture. However, when she emigrates and is forced to speak English, she writes multiple times about how the new language is shattering her once solid identity. She describes the journey from Cracow to Canada to “scissors cutting a three- thousand-mile rip through [her] life.” (100) and says with sorrow, “From now on, my life will be divided into two parts” (100). Her original solid identity in her Polish self has…

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    Nonetheless, Tatar communities continued to grow under the protection of influential magnates, particularly powerful members of the nobility that opposed the poorer szlachta, relatively unscathed by the rhetoric of the Counter-Reformation. This peace was broken, however, by the occupation of Lithuania by Muscovy. The difficulties in proving land rights due to lost deeds during the aftermath, together with a demand for Tatar cavalry in combatting Cossack uprisings in the mid-17th century in the…

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    Belarusian, and Ukrainian. Majority of the population living in urban areas today live in apartments and heavily rely on city transportation. Polish is the main language but even with the difference in population with other ethnic groups, the English language is still the most popular among all of the foreign languages. A person’s origin of speech can be identified by where they are from because different speech dialects are spoken throughout the country. During the time Poland was still under…

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    Alex mccurdy Mr. Davis Essay Joseph Conrad Essay Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowsk or betten know as Joseph Conrad was born ecember 3, 1857 in Berdichev Ukraine, and was raised and educated primarily in Poland. Conrad wrote short stories and novels such as Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent, which combine his interest in moral conflict and the dark side of human nature. He died in England on August 3, 1924. His parents Apollo and Evelina Korzeniowski were members of the Polish noble…

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