Thursday, July 30, 2009

In almost every country, there exist icons, which represent the culture, and past of each country. In America and Venezuela, exist a los of icons that represents those countries, as well as, for example, the American Eagle, Mc'donalds, the flag, and Elvis Presley, in America. In Venezuela there is Simon Diaz, Simon Bolivar, the orquid, the flag, and the home food.
It is important to establish some difference between those American and Venezuelan icons. I choose the flag, the food, and the nature.
The flag:

In my opinion, the flag is one of the most important things that represents a country, because there is always a story behind those flags. In this comparation, I want to focus in the starts, for example, in the American flag, you can see 50 starts, which represents each country of the United States. However, in the Venezuelan flag, is it possible to see just 8 starts, this is because is to remember the past, and to remember that now Venezuela is independent, so the 8 starts, represents the 8 provinces that were liberated during the independence battles.

The food:

Mc'donalds, is an important American icon, it represents the easy and fatty food, however it is so tasty so it has become a wolrd power. It is important to say, that Mc'donalds, is also a stereotype of the Americans, and the American food. In Venezuela, there is more home food, which means that almost everyone, prefers to eat something made by themselves. The typical food icon in Venezuela, is the Arepa, and it is an important symbol of their culture, as well as Mc'donalds is an important icon of American culture.

The nature:

In America exists an important animal, which is the Eagle, the American Eagle, that represents highness, and domain. In Venezuela there is a bird called Turpial, it represents the bauty of the nature, and it has no political connotation.

As we can see, this nature icons, within these countries, had a lot of difference, because, once the Eagle is representing the progress, and is representing the American society, the Turpial is an icon of beauty, purity, calm and peace.

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