Comparing Amish And North American Society To Dete Essay

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Comparing Amish And North American Society To Determine Which Is More

Katie Connolly
For: Mrs. Hunter
A1 English
Comparison Essay - the Differences and Similarities between Amish and North American Society

We can compare Amish society as seen in the movie Witness to North American society to
decide which is more ideal. An ideal society is one where there is a strong sense of
community among all the members. Education prepares children for life; therefore the type
of education a child receives will change the society in the next generation. Although
education is valued in both societies, its focus is much different. The Laws of a society
reflect the values of a community, and it shows what they consider to be right and wrong.
Each society has laws that reflect its values; however the way the laws are expressed is
much different. Family life in a society is important, because families bring the
community together. Though children are valued in both the societies, family life is
different between the two when comparing the roles of the husband and the wife. The Amish
lifestyle is more ideal because there is a better sense of community within the society.

Education in both societies is recognized as important. We see this in both societies
because of the mandatory education laws. However, the focus of the education in each
society is different. In North American society the focus of education is quite broad; to
graduate highschool a person must have language, physical education, science, english and
arts credits. Also, it is mandatory to attend school until grade 10. In Amish society
however, school is only required up to grade 8. The education is much more focused on the
practical side of things. For boys, it is important to learn how to work on the farm, not
paint pictures. This is also why they are let out of school earlier; so that at the age
that they are strong enough to work on the farm, they are free to do so. Thus Amish
lifestyle is more ideal, because their education prepares the children for what they will
do later in life.

The laws of each society show the values of that society. In North America the laws show
that their society values equality, as there are many laws about the treatment of
different cultures and races. In the Amish society, the law that doesn't permit them to
wear buttons reflects their value of not being vain, and the rule about not listening to
music shows that they value not being worldly. Thus the values of both the societies are
reflected in their laws. The difference in the laws of the two societies is the way they
are kept and followed. In North America, the laws are all written down meticulously and
are taken word for word. An example of this is, a few years ago, the supreme court let a
man go who had killed his wife, just because he was drunk. The law states that a person
must know what he is doing in order to be convicted. The judges decided that he wasn't
guilty because he didn't know what he was doing. This shows how North American law is not
always working for the benefit of the community. The laws of the Amish however are not
written but are passed along through the elders of the community, who's decision it is if
something is right or not. This ensures that the laws and judgements passed will support
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