Essay Cultural Myths - Megan Gillis W 130 Essay 1...

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Megan Gillis September 21, 2011 W 130 – Essay 1 Instructor: Laura Pimienta The Power of Cultural Myths: Can You Overpower It? What is a ‘’model’’ family? Most people would think of a nuclear family as a stay-at- home mother, a head-of-the-household father, two loving children, a well-behaved, obedient dog, and perhaps even a white picket fence. Realistically, there are very few families in the world who have this perfect, ‘’model’’ family. A lot of families are single mothers, single fathers, grandparents raising children, or even no children at all. There is no set definition of the ‘’model’’ family, because frankly there is no such thing as the model family. A “model family” is an example of a “cultural myth”. In Rereading America , Gary Columbo wrote “Thinking Critically, Challenging Cultural Myths” which is about cultural myths and how these play a role in a person’s life. He also writes about critical thinking: what it means to think above and beyond. These two topics go together, one must critically think about the cultural myths around them and how they play a part in defining or changing lives. One story describing a boy’s life through cultural myths in Rereading America is ‘’An Indian Story’’ by Roger Jack. This is a story of Jacks quest to find who he really was and his coming to grips with his not-so-ordinary lifestyle. He lived with his Aunt Greta from a very young age. Although Aunt Greta was not Roger Jacks mother, he treated her as such. He respected her as a mother, even though she was not. They did not have the model family, but they considered themselves happy and lucky to have each other, even if it went against what a good, Indian family should be like. A cultural myth can be described as many things: the way a person is supposed to act, the people they should marry, the school that they need to go to. A persons culture should help define who they are as a person, rather than dictate who they need to be.
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Gillis At many points in one’s life, things do not seem as they look, or look as they seem.
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  • Fall '11
  • LauraPimienta
  • cultural myths, Aunt Greta, Gary Columbo

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