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A Horse and Two Goats – Essay

In our class of Literature we have read a story call “A Horse and Two Goats” and we have to write an essay which the main theme is the clash of cultures. Here is mine.

The most important thing in A Horse and Two Goats, and in fact the central theme of Narayan´s work, is the clash of cultures. Do you agree?

Narayan is considered to be a post-colonial writer since he was born in India when it was an English colony, but produced his literature after setting free from the English. I strongly believe that the central theme of his work is the clash of cultures. This can be easily seen in the story “A Horse and Two Goats”

The story pivots on the encounter between a red-faced man, that is, an American and Muni, an Indian man who over the years has gone down hill. This meeting is both funny and sad because the communication between them is completely disrupted. At the very beginning, when the American gets off the car, Muni´s first thought is run away due to the fact that the mas is wearing khaki clothes, concluding that he is either a policeman or a soldier, this  shows how, from the start of the conversation, one talks about a thing (either the gas problem or the statue)  while the other thinks of another, such as being arrested. Clearly not getting the right message.

After that, Muni is able to overcome his fear and greets the man in Tamil, but later on, understanding the man only speaks English, he says the only words that he knows, “yes,no” and then continues talking on Tamil. Another instance of miscommunication takes place when the man offers his card. This proves how their cultures differ.One thinking of giving a presentation card and the other thinking he was getting a warrant.

In conclusion, it can be seen that the main theme in the story is the clash of cultures. This is seen in most of narayan´s literature pieces of writing and can be prove with all I have analyze


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