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A clash of cultures

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23/01/2005 A clash of cultures The two main stories which have a negative end are "The Train from Rhodesia" and "The Gold Legged Frog". Both of these stories include the aspect of "a clash of culture" which acts as a catalyst for the negative endings. "The Train from Rhodesia" incorporates the aspect of two cultures from different parts of the world coming together. This story is an allegory and outlines the clash of cultures when white people come into black people's land and exploit them. The story is about a young couple who are on holiday and they have bought lots of souvenirs. At the platform the young women is attracted to a skilfully carved lion. The young woman doesn't buy the lion since she thinks that the price is too high. When the train starts to leave the platform the old black man comes running after the train and sells the lion to the young man at half the original price. ...read more.

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The lion symbolises the exploitation of black men, emphasises how inferior black man are thought of and that at the end of the day skilful work created by black men is just thrown aside. The writer presents the details of the surroundings and the black people living in poverty through the young woman's eyes; "Out of the window, on the other side, there was nothing; sand and bush; a thorn tree." This strong imagery which we discover through the woman's eyes means that we feel even more sympathetic towards the black and poor people outside on the platform. We can empathise with both the young man and the young women. We all can see how it must have felt for the man; he was just trying to please his new wife and she just rejected his "success". And we can also empathise with the young women because nobody likes their hard work and creativity going to waste; and the young woman realises that this is what was happening everyday to the poor black people on the platform. ...read more.

Conclusion

Because of the threat of going to jail the father had to leave his dying son and go for the money. Symbolism is also used in this story. The writer cleverly uses the gold legged frog to symbolise a moral theme that if you run after money then you can expect a negative ending. At the end we can also empathise with the father because of how he tragically lost his son. The writer also cleverly uses strong imagery and antithesis between the heat and cold; "In the morning the cold had pierced his bones, but now it was so hot he felt his head would break into pieces. The clash of cultures meant that the father sadly lost a son; hence the negative ending and the clash of cultures acting as a catalyst. In both of the stories above we see how a clash of cultures can result in negative endings and even if both cultures are in one part of the world the more powerful and rich culture always dominates the poorer culture. ...read more.

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