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Analysing the way in which Veronica, by Adewale Maja-Pearce, and The Gold Cadillac Explore the Importance of Cultures and Tradition.

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Analysing the way in which Veronica and The Gold Cadillac Explore the Importance of Cultures and Tradition Veronica is a short story by Adewale Maja-Pearce. It teaches of how cultures, traditions, relationships, expectations and money force two people raised in the same cultural background, to separate and move on, for better and for worse as their lives take different paths. The story shows the great contrast between African village life and African town life. In the story, Okek� the ever-lasting male friend of Veronica is drawn by the attraction of the city for the opportunities he sees for himself. The young woman Veronica on the other hand does not desire to leave their decomposing village for the city. She rejects Okeke's offer for numerous reasons. The Gold Cadillac is a similar short story by Mildred Taylor. The Gold Cadillac tells the tale of a young black family from the North of America who purchase a new and rather extravagant car. Much to the despair of their relatives, the father of the household decides to ride the car down to the south, which is soon conveyed to be very racist. This story holds similar themes to that of Veronica as it shows, the contrast in how people from different cultural backgrounds are treated in different parts of America. ...read more.


This demonstrates how Veronica, as she gets older, comes to believe that her place is the home, and that all of the responsibility and unfair expectation is justified. However there was a time in which veronica was curious about education and would have liked to go to school, "and she asked me endless questions about my school". It also further emphasises her loyalty to her family, as when asked, "What have they ever done for you?" she replies without hesitation, showing her certainty in what she says, "Don't talk like that, they are my family, that is enough." Most interestingly, she shows much devotion and respect to her father as she cooks for him despite the way he treated her throughout her life, "And although her father had long stopped beating her in every other respect nothing had really altered". Caring for people for Veronica was much harder than anyone in Britain could understand, as she would have had no modern appliances; everything would have been done by hand, which is much, more time consuming. The way in which she responded to Okeke's remark, (stated above), with such certainty also shows that she thought it as a duty to her family to perform the traditions and expectations enforced by her society. In conclusion this shows how important tradition was to the people of this culture in the story because, Veronica is willing to ...read more.


Adewale Maja-Pearce includes this huge contrast between traditional African village life and modern African town life, so that she could separate the two characters. And show how Okek�, who moved on with his life became successful in the wealth area, whereas Veronica who did not let go of what she was brought up on, found much misery, but was blessed with a son and a husband. Veronica found love. I think that Adewale Maja-Pearce was trying to stress that although cultures may seem unjust with their traditions from onlookers, who cannot understand them, that are in some aspects bad, represented by Veronicas father, where these cultures are represented in the story as the, "native village life", can also please people with different moral beliefs, such as Veronica who did not desire material possessions, as these people's cultures allow them find what they value, for veronica love and security with her own family, "He is a good man, god has blessed us with a son". Whereas places of opportunity, represented by the use of the Town which Okek� moved to, provide liberation, that brings material success, such as wealth, however it may not bring true happiness, as in the case of Okek� who found career success, but did not succeed in love as he has no wife, "I have no wife", "All the women I meet are only interested in money and cars". Emily Poole 10s 24/01/2003 ...read more.

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