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Describe what you have learnt about different cultures from reading 'Crackling Day' by Peter Abrahams and 'A Hero' by R.K.Narayan.

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Describe what you have learnt about different cultures from reading 'Crackling Day' by Peter Abrahams and 'A Hero' by R.K.Narayan. 'Crackling Day' by Peter Abrahams is set in South Africa during the apartheid time. Apartheid is a political system where white people were in power over black people. The main character in the story is a boy called Lee who everyday makes the journey to collect the crackling. On his way back, he and his friend, Andries bump in to some white boys who insult Lee's dead father. Lee learns the hard way and his Uncle punishes him. 'A Hero' by R.K.Narayan is set in India. It is about a boy called Swami whose father teaches him a valuable lesson of growing up and to become a man. Both stories give us an inside into how other cultures live. After reading both stories we can see that the two families are very different. Lee's family is quite poor, where as swami's is well off. We know this because lee's Aunt and Uncle runs a farm, his Aunt's hands are described as swollen from manual labour and working extremely hard. ...read more.


This is another example f their wealth. In India there are a lot of tigers, Swami's father wants him to be prepared incase he ever comes in to contact with one. In 'Crackling Day' Lee lives with his Aunt Liza and Uncle Sam, we realise that Lee is closer to his Aunt rather then his uncle. This is because she is the one who comforts Lee after he has been punished by his uncle. We can see that Lee's aunt is the string and dominant one in the family, as she is the only one in the family who doesn't apologise to the whites. As Lee' father is dead, he looks up to his uncle as a father figure and when the whites come to the house Lee sees Sam grovelling to them. Sam is extremely ashamed of what he has done and can not face Lee to apologise. 'Explain to the child Liza' Liza replies 'you explain, you are the man, you did the beating, you are the head of the family, this is a mans world, you do the explaining' Lee has to understand that he needs to respect the white people and ac as though they are superior to him. ...read more.


Although very different but each lesson is needed in order to survive in where they live. Swami is taught the lesson that he has to learn to act like a man in order to survive where he lives. Although he spent the night, until the intruder enters the room, the next night he returns to his grandmother's bed. Therefore, his lesson of growing up didn't work although in a way it did work as he grew up a little bit when he caught the intruder. In 'Crackling Day' Lee was taught the lesson of respect he doesn't respect the whites we know this as he doesn't say 'baas' to them. It doesn't matter whether or not Lee thinks he should respect them, he must act like be does think that he should. We can see that both cultures are extremely different to one another, and when compared to the culture in which we live in today they are also very different. In South Africa children have to grow up more quickly then children in India and in our culture. Life in India isn't completely different to ours as relationships with adults are similar to ones which take place in the culture we live in. Although, children are treat older from a younger age. By Vicki Reid ...read more.

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