How far are you able to go to make a suitable life for your family? Even if it me an traveling to another country with different culture and a new tradition which will impact you differently. Smith, p, 1, 2. While, cultural encounter means the clash of culture as result of their meeting, the conflict happens between two cultures at least, one is the major and the second is minor. On the other hand the negative result could be seen in the conflicting values as result of their differences, which we will see later in the story. Personal identity means who you are and what you are mentally and physically, and the things that can reflect your identity, it is the culture, language, things related to the person by chance and also it could be by choices, which also could effect by cultural encounter.
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While there in the States Bella goes through a drastic change after being exposed to the Western culture. Her dramatic alteration tortures her husband, Joseph, psychologically. In the first part of the short story Bella is being introduced as a loving and caring wife, guided by the principles and norms of Jamaican culture.
The genesis of her transformation is being triggered by her first visit to the States. While there Bella secures a job and works hard but at the same time she is being immersed deep into the Western culture.
She writes her husband back home, sharing with him how life is like in the States. After a year Bella comes back home, a great change can effortlessly be noted in her appearance. Her regalia speak volumes of how life in the States has corrupted her mind. Her character has changed really. She becomes too mobile and has making money as her principal gist of her presence on earth. She does not have time for her husband who has now been reduced to a neighborhood joke.
Needless to say her two children are being denied the motherly love they rightly deserve. Without spending much time at home, Bella goes back to the States and while there the change in her conduct is taken to another level and hence it is not difficult for people at home including her husband to notice it when she comes back.
This second time she is coming home her behavior is even worse. It appears the Western luxurious life has taken the best of Bella. She is too busy than ever; making money. On some occasions she makes some attempts to plant the western mentality on her two children.
This irritates Joseph very much and can no longer tie his tongue, he speaks out his mind but his concerns are being ushered into hell. It is too late to convince Bella. She feels Joseph is outdated and just hell bent to frustrate her efforts.
This Miss Blossom becomes part of the equation; taking care of Joseph and his two children when Bella is away in the States. The woman he has been hoping for to heal the wounds of love in his heart caused by Bella, has also gone astray. He feels defeated when he sees his wife and Miss Blossom being divorced from the realities of Jamaican wisdom and culture and seeing these women he trusted squarely opting for western culture.
He finally resolves to marry an American woman who can lead a simple life. She is in fact being guided in the traditional way of life by her Black paternal grandmother, Del.
Conversely the narrator notices some differences when she visits her colored maternal grandmother, Elaine. The narrator is of course not happy with these remarks. Grandma Elaine does not like Black skin and tough hair because she is colored herself.
She has been exposed to many luxurious things associated with white people. Most of the things that the narrator initially hates become of great significance to her now. She also becomes conscious of her real status in the society of Blacks, Coloreds, and Whites.
Her own cousin Maureen victimizes her about her skin. The narrator too turns onto her own people back in the village describing them as black people who do not know anything; they are dirty and awful looking. It is a journey towards the White race. Share this poem:. Innocent Masina Nkhonyo. Autoplay next video. There is no comment submitted by members.. Read this poem in other languages. This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
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MLA Sample_ Cultural Encounters in Bella Makes Life by Lorna Goodison
While there in the States Bella goes through a drastic change after being exposed to the Western culture. Her dramatic alteration tortures her husband, Joseph, psychologically. In the first part of the short story Bella is being introduced as a loving and caring wife, guided by the principles and norms of Jamaican culture. The genesis of her transformation is being triggered by her first visit to the States. While there Bella secures a job and works hard but at the same time she is being immersed deep into the Western culture. She writes her husband back home, sharing with him how life is like in the States. After a year Bella comes back home, a great change can effortlessly be noted in her appearance.
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