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Western influence has taken a toll on the different cultures throughout the United States Minority groups have begun to alienate from their cultures and adopt the values of the Western influence that have been imposed on them Dr Kristin Czarnecki professor at Georgetown University shares Postcolonial theory interrogates such issues particularly well by acknowledging that throughout history white Western culture and values have been imposed on people of color most viciously in the colonization of Africa India and Native America in her Postcolonial Theory and the Undergraduate Classroom Teaching The Red Convertible Louise Erdrich and James Balwin have shared some of this insight in their short stores Erdrichs The Red Convertible and Baldwins Sonnys Blues Erdrich and Baldwin use the relationship between brothers to share the effect that the Western influence has had on their cultures in their stories Although Baldwin and Erdrich both present the values that their cultures have adopted from the Western influence and alienation from their heritage because of them and its consequences Erdrich implies that the damage it does cannot be undone while Baldwin believes that the African-American community can overcome it Erdrich and Baldwin reveal the adaptation of their cultures to the Western influence through the values of their narratorsboth of them are success driven and driving toward an ideal image The narrator in Sonnys Blues became an algebra teacher and assimilates himself with the middle-class rather than his own people while Lyman the narrator in The Red Convertible worked his way up to the owner of a restaurant and recognizes his ability for success Lymans strive toward success is also recognized by his value of money My own talent was I could always make money 359 Baldwins narrator saying You know people cant always do exactly what they want to do and its time you started thinking about your future to his brother Sonny are indications of his reliance on the Western concept of the American
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