Naked Citadel - Edward Chen November 13, 2007 Expos 101 EM...

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Edward Chen November 13, 2007 Expos 101 EM HH05 Resistance to Change Essential Question: When a person or group of people is forced to adapt to a change, do they welcome it or resist it? On December 16, 1973, American colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded English ships in the Boston harbor and dumped thousands of pounds of tea overboard into the waters. This event became famously known as the Boston Tea Party. The American colonists dumped the tea as a protest to the newly passed Tea Act, a law that imposed tax on tea. Prior to the passing of the Tea Act, American colonists had always lived comfortably without having to pay duties on their tea. The Tea Act, passed by the British government, was a change that was met with resistance. Americans did not wish to pay taxes on their tea so they defied the tax. The British government responded to the Boston Tea Party by closing the Boston Harbor and imposing more taxes. In return, the colonists rallied to oppose these changes. Eventually, the Boston Tea Party, along with other events sparked the Revolutionary War, where the thirteen colonies of America united and fought against Britain. Thus, the cause of the American Revolution can be seen as resistance to changes imposed by the British government. Imagine you have done something the same way your whole life. You are accustomed to this and comfortable with it. Suddenly you are forced to do it differently in a way you are unused to and uncomfortable with. Would your welcome it or resist it? 1
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When a person or a group of people is forced to adapt to a change, they will fiercely resist it until they must do so. One such resistance is evident in the events that took place at a particular South Carolina military college. In “The Naked Citadel”, Susan Faludi reveals her investigations of the views and actions of the student and faculty of the school. At the Citadel, the cadets are used to a history of intolerance of women: “The great majority of the guys here are very misogynistic,’ he said. ‘All they talk about is how girls are pigs and sluts” (Faludi 135). When a woman, Shannon Faulkner, is accidentally accepted into the school there is much resistance in letting her be admitted. At first Faulkner’s
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