This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

An Essay On The Importance Of Names In "This Earth Of Mankind" By Pramoedya Toer (3 Pgs, Bibliography Included)

731 words - 3 pages

"What's in a Name?"What exactly is in a name? You're name is who you are; it distinguishes John Smith, from Joe Blow. There is much weight that is vested into a name; in the Native American culture a child is given a name that fits his character. In our society, the title of Doctor connotates respect and that he is a well-educated individual. In This Earth of Mankind, a name not only separates individuals by identifying who one is, it also defines him as a person.A name with a generally negative connotation is not always bad. Minke, whose real name is never revealed to us, finds out that his name given to him by one of his earlier teachers was meant to insult him. Even after he discovers what Minke means, he decides to keep the name and use it as a form of empowerment. Nyai Ontosoroh is another prime example. She was forced into what she is, only a Nyai, and turned herself into an extraordinary Nyai. Despite the fact she runs a major business by herself and does not rely on anyone to help her, she refuses to be referred to as anything else other than Nyai. "...I'm not used to being called ma'am and indeed I am not a Mrs. It's not an appropriate way to refer to me, not my right. Call me Nyai...because that is what I am..." (Toer 228). She is happy to be called Nyai; so little is expected of her as a Nyai, yet she has accomplished so much, it pleases her to prove others wrong, that she is more than just another piece of property. Mama has not only embraced her name, but also uses it as a form of empowerment.A name can have such vested importance that it might actually be beneficial to change it if need be. Minke is a very well educated individual as well as an exceptional writer. He knows that as a native, with no last name, it would be near impossible to get any of his work published. He assumes the pen name Max Tollenaar. Under this name Minke is able to get his works published and read by...

Find Another Essay On An essay on the importance of names in "This Earth of Mankind" by Pramoedya Toer (3 pgs, bibliography included)

This is a term paper proposal about Narcissistic Personality Disorder in Abnormal psych...the proposal was accepted. Bibliography included

2040 words - 8 pages The major issues in this term project were: discovering the effects of Narcissistic Personality Disorder on casual attributions (examining the attributional style of individuals with Narcissistic Personality Disorder), examining whether or not narcissistic individuals display more day to day variability and extremity in their emotions than less narcissistic individuals, if there are differences in self-conceptions between narcissists and other

This is an analytical paper about lowering the age to receive an FOID (Firearm Owner's Identification) and the age to become a police officer. Included is an informative abstract and a bibliography

3372 words - 13 pages Informative AbstractThis paper describes a job as a police officer, why the government should change the age requirement to become a police officer, and a change in the age for acquiring an FOID (Firearm Owner's Identification Card).A job as a police officer is an important entry-level position on the career path in the law enforcement field. Although there are benefits and opportunities within this field, every day police put their lives on the

An Investigation on the Importance of Brand Names to Consumers

2274 words - 9 pages An Investigation on the Importance of Brand Names to Consumers Introduction: The aim of this research is to find out why brand names are important to consumers. The reason why this research has been undertaken is because branding is an interesting topic, which plays a major part in everyday life. Brands are found everywhere that hardly anything today is unbranded, including clothes, food, furniture and even cars. The

The Importance of Names in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

975 words - 4 pages The Importance of Names in The Crucible by Arthur Miller What is the importance of names? In this essay I will be trying to answer the question “What is the importance of names.” Based on the play – The Crucible. Briefly I will explain what happened in the play. In Salem village, Massachusetts, in 1692, which hysteria swept the area? Salem village was a puritan society, you either loved God and did no wrong or you lived with a

Essay on Names in Song of Solomon

1520 words - 6 pages ).  Locals were then able to both obey the local ordindances and satisfy their interests by referring to the road as "Not Doctor Street."  The residents were able to take some control of the area's situation by taking ownership of the way the road was known.               Names add to the individuality of people in society, and the names of characters in the novel were also significant and appropriate.  Macon Dead expressed an opinion on

The Importance of Names in Toni Morrison’s Song Of Solomon

891 words - 4 pages The Importance of Names in Toni Morrison’s Song Of Solomon Toni Morrison’s award-winning novel Song of Solomon is full of very interesting, deep symbolism. Macon Dead III, nicknamed “Milkman,” is a very symbolic character throughout the novel. His character is not only symbolic, for so is his name. Also, Milkman’s paternal aunt, Pilate, has an extremely significant and symbolic role in the novel. To her father, she represents the child

The Importance of Plants on Planet Earth

1146 words - 5 pages Scottish thistle; Irish Shamrock; Welsh leeks and daffodils. Many national flags feature plants, the Cedar tree on the Lebanese flag, and the Maple leaf on the Canadian flag. However all of these commendations can not begin to celebrate the real importance of plants on planet earth. In this essay I will explore the biological and physical importance of plants and the issues surrounding them

The Importance of Water on Earth

935 words - 4 pages conclude with ecosystem changing results. Nevertheless, all underwater life forms would die in every freezable body of water; which would be frozen solid from the bottom up. Thus, the property of water allowing ice to float is crucial for life of underwater ecosystems, as well as their survival here on planet Earth. All aspects of life on earth are affected by water. In the absence of water the planet would not only look utterly different, but animals wouldn’t have oxygen to breathe, and plants would not even exist. To maintain a healthful environment as well as human beings, water is an essential resource to have.

This essay is an analyzation of the short story There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury. Outside research was an option and those sources are included

1203 words - 5 pages poem by the resident's favorite author, Sara Teasdale. Ironically, Sara Teasdale, a well-known American poet, committed suicide in 1933. This is one of the most dramatically ironic points in the story; the effect of stress on her life represents the effect of technology on humans. The poem, which ties in the theme of the short story, describes how nature will move on and stay alive, even after the disappearance of humans. Then, the awaiting cigar

Whats in a Name--This essay talks about the political correctness of NFL team names and some peoples efforts against and for this, this essay is against this issue and is an argumentative paper

536 words - 2 pages The NFL has been around longer then most people on this earth. The first league was formed in 1920 which was called the American Professional Football Association, which adopted the name "National Football League" in 1922. There seems to be several issues with some of the traditional team names. These names symbolize the Native Americans. Any name can be put into negative context, but the NFL is representing these names with honor and

This is an essay regarding the theme of freedom in contemporary american literature, in this case elmore leonard's get shorty. the title is: A Twist on Freedom. Includes bibliography

1299 words - 5 pages trying to make a buck in the world (177)." While it is Chili's job to prevent Leo from taking the money, at the end of the novel Chili too is trying to be financially successful. This is an effort to break the bonds that Mafia life has on him, and with the money he finally finds, he is free. Lastly, the general idea of trying to acquire a small amount of money and coming upon a large quantity is ironic. One such action was when Leo makes over two

Similar Essays

This Earth Of Mankind By Pramoedya Ananta Toer

1613 words - 6 pages Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s This Earth of Mankind is an allegorical novel describing the growth of protagonist Minke during the pre-awakening of colonized Java. Set in 1898 during the period of imperial Dutch domination over all aspects of Javan life, the novel provides a clear image of the political and social struggles of a subjugated people through the point of view of a maturing youth. Using several of his novel’s major characters as allegorical

Title : Advantages And Disadvantages Of Teleworking To Both The Employee And The Employer B Ibliography Is Included In This Assignment

1424 words - 6 pages computer and telecommunications equipment. Jobs can be relocated to places where it is more attractive, more convenient or cheaper to live.At present, teleworking is most advanced in the U.S. with only 3% of European employees engaged in teleworking along with an estimated 20 million worldwide. Predictions are that by the year 2006, the number could increase. Teleworking is facilitated by the recent rapid advances in the power of enabling

Solidarity And It's Impact On Communism In Poland. This Is A Research Essay Addressing How The Polish People Struggled To Overthrow Communism In Poland. Bibliography Included

2049 words - 8 pages Poles was constantly controlled in all aspects by the communist party, which destroyed the country be means of its ruling" (Interview with Andrzej Wajerczyk).Despite the destruction, the Polish people held on to their humor. This humor, however, evolved to be more than just jokes shared to uphold morale and spirit. They expressed and shared the political views of the people and much more. "Our (Polish) jokes are not merely our only expression of

This Essay Looks At Somnambulistic Crimes (Crimes Commited During Sleep). Examples And Bibliography Included

1555 words - 6 pages burning desire, normally buried in the boyssubconscious, to return to his place as the baby of the family?Parents have also been killed by their own innocently sleepingchildren. Carl Kiger, a successful local government official, was shot fivetime by his 16 year old daughter Jo Ann. On the night of August 16, 1943,The Kiger family went to bed early. Soon after midnight Jo Ann, who had ahistory of sleep walking, had a vivid nightmare. A huge madman