Assignment 6 - Final Copy

Assignment 6 - Final Copy - Elorm Avakame December 4, 2008...

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Elorm Avakame December 4, 2008 Expository Writing 101 Section LS Assignment 6 - Final Copy Examining the Validity of the Power of Context For as long as the world has been in existence, most of us as humans have been confident in the idea that our actions are a direct result of our personality. Whatever we do, or however we react to external stimuli must be directly related to the kind of people that we are. Some, however, believe that the context of one’s environment can also play a large part in their reactions as well. Malcolm Gladwell, author of “The Power of Context”, is a supporter of this idea. He believes that no matter what someone’s personality is like, they will ultimately be influenced by their environment. Azar Nafisi, author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran”, writes about the relationship between being influenced by your environment and the defiance of the human spirit. On one hand, her and her pupils were influenced by an extremist regime, but on the other hand, they dug deep within themselves to defy the constrictions and the restrictions of their environment and to pursue their desires. Beth Loffreda, in “Losing Matt Shepard”, tells her readers about a brutal murder in the town of Laramie, Wyoming, and how the town and townspeople were affected by it. The town was not only affected by the context of the murder, though, because they also had to cope with a growing negative perception that was placed upon them by the media. While in some cases the context of one’s environment can alter their lifestyle, it is also possible that the power of the human spirit is great enough to overcome the pressure of the environment. It is possible for small changes in the context of the environment to alter the
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lifestyle of the immediate subjects of that environment in a butterfly effect of sorts. Gladwell, the main supporter of the strength of the power of context among the three authors, tells us how small changes in the context of the environment have large repercussions. He writes, “an epidemic can be reversed by tinkering with the smallest
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