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Exploration Document Draft Stembi Machoka HUM200 Cultural Artifacts My first work is a composition called "The Colonel" by Carolyn Forche. The poem was written in 1978 whilst Carolyn was in El Salvador. The setting is in the home of a high-ranking military official, due to the siege the house is described as a having broken bottles that were embedded in the walls around the house to scoop the kneecaps from a man's legs or cut his hands to lace (Humanities, 2019) Common Theme Power-The Colonel is used to giving orders and being obeyed. In the text gold bell sits on the table that is used for calling the maid. Language and communication- were extreme, what was said, was less important than what wasn't. How one hears and perceives what is said, can be another layer to this story. Warfare- The role played by the USA in El Salvador's war during 178- 1992 claimed a lot of lives, the violence in this poem is under the surface of cordiality. Foreignness and the other- When in Rome, do as the Romans do- unless physical mutilation is involved. Personal Experience 1
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Being a foreigner, one is forced to adapt to the American way of life. The way one speaks, if different from others - they have an accent. Bullies exert power over weaker individuals, just like the Colonel. Upon displaying a bag of ears on his table and dropping one in the water, the Colonel gets angry and tells everybody to go and screw themselves, should they have any questions regarding anyone's rights. Foreigners speak a different language(s), making the locals uncomfortable, this forces the foreigners to learn/speak English to get by. Profession Theme- Power. Power can be abused and used to bully others. The Colonel used a bell to summon workers. I worked with a Manager who discriminated me. Being of a different ethnicity and background, I was often targeted. E.g., time off requests I would submit were never approved, whilst others were. Rich, poor, hurt people, anyone can become a bully, just like the Colonel. It's easier for broken people, to take advantage of others. In the workplace, leadership roles if abused can lead to bullying of employees. CEO’s, Presidents, Managers, or Supervisors can abuse their power, since they can hire/fire. Humanities being the study of people, taking leadership classes/courses, can help one make better more informed decisions, and not abuse their power or authority, CEO's as mentioned, are the most powerful people within an organization. They have overall say on who gets hired/fired. Intimidation when not controlled,
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