Self and Other

Self and Other - Wilmot 1 Joe Wilmot ENG 101 Kenlea Pebbles...

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Wilmot 1 Joe Wilmot ENG 101 Kenlea Pebbles 4-16-09 Self and Other Self and other is with us every day and has great impact on are lives. It can happen going to the store, seeing a movie, at school, almost everywhere you go you can find self and other. Self and other can be comparing yourself with another person to measurer their status or your opinion of them. Like say if I don’t like feet and someone is always showing feet off or putting them in my face I am going to have a different opinion of that person rather than if I liked feet, you measure other people with yourself. Self and other is also how civilization looks at us as an individual or as a group, like stereotyping. This is of course based on many different aspects about are selves, such as gender, religion, race, and background. We can put it on are selves by the actions we make, or unwillingly have it put on us by others. We as people all are individuals with various back grounds living in a functioning society where everyone is usually categorized, in the short story “I’m O.K., but You’re Not,” film Crash, and the book The Complete Persepolis , self and other is show many times and applied to a characters economic status in many different ways. The short story “I’m O.K., but You’re Not” by Robert Zoellner focuses on everyday categorizing, misconceptions about people, and ignorance. The story summed up is a guy goes into a restaurant for some breakfast, he starts smoking and the guy next to him gets a little ticked off. He asks the man if he could stop smoking and the man answers with a rude response.
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Wilmot 2 Basically “who is he to ask me to stop smoking? I like smoking with my coffee.” Then the man gets angry and walks right out of the restaurant and lets his dog exit his waste on the lawn by the restaurant. Then the smoker calls him a republican, because he has looked wealthy. There you have a case of two people doing basically a similar thing, one is categorizing a man to be republican based on his clothes, actions, and the kind of dog he has. Two is the man showing his disgust with the restaurant for letting smoking be allowed in there by letting his dog do his thing on the law. There are economic differences in both, the man who walks out of the restaurant is dressed nice, had a nice car, a dog he caries around with him, and was disgusted by smoking in the restaurant. The other man in cranky, smokes, and is stereotyping the other man to be a republican. Now I am sure that if one were to guess the economic status of each of these characters they would guess that the man who smokes has less money and not as financially stable as the man with the nice car, and clothes. I do not see the need to actually know how much they make a year to make a good assumption on how much money they each have because it is shown by their action, how they present their self, and the type of dialogue each of them use.
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