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Hi all,

 

Can anyone please evaluate my essay and give a general idea on how much I would be able to score?

To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.?

 

The characteristics of a society are based on cultural and personal values when taken as a whole creates a uniqueness among the people belonging to the said society. In my opinion , I believe that although studying the major cities is important to get a general idea of the characteristics of a society it doesn't provide the most important characteristics.

The population of Major cities are relatively less compared to the rural and semi suburban areas of a country. Therefore judging the characteristics of a society based on the populous of just Major cities which are not representative of the whole society can be erroneous. For example countries like India have Major cities like Mumbai and New Delhi where people live sophisticated and busy life styles. People in these cities work hard and are sometimes unable to even celebrate festivals like Diwali because they do not have the time. However this does not mean that the Indians do not celebrate Diwali anymore. On the contrary many people celebrate it for days quite extravagantly in Suburban areas of the country.

In addition many oriental societies are known to spend time with elderly people and care for them even taking them into their homes. Most parents when they get old spend the last years of their lives with their children. However in most major cities elderly parents are sent to elders homes instead since most people do not have the time to take care of them due to their busy schedules. However, this does not mean that it is a characteristic of the said society. Additionally in Major cities the crime rates and thefts are high but this is not representative of the society as a whole and it certainly is not a characteristic of that society.

However, the fact that the study of major cities will give a general idea of the characteristics of a community can be partly true. This can be due to the fact that Major cities are where people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds reside. In other words they are cultural melting points of a society. Therefore it can be said that some important characteristics of a society can be understood by observing the city populous.

In conclusion while I believe that studying major cities can give a general Idea of the characteristics of a society it does not give us an idea about most of the important characteristics of a society.

 

 

Thanks a lot

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