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Different Cultures

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Introduction

How are the themes of love and loss shown in these short stories of 'Other Cultures'? Love and loss are the two common themes that link the different cultures and religions described in these six stories. All these stories of different cultures and religions are of the theme of love and loss. They mainly concern segregation of creed and colour that has prevented or come between two lovers being together. In these stories love is lost due to death or the segregation of two people for reasons other than culture or religion. All these short stories contain a message of how we grow up physically but should never grow up inside in reference to our insight on other people. As you grow up you should still be able to relate to your best friend or young love just as did when you were kids regardless or skin colour, race or religion. In the stories many love relationships started off from a very young age but were ended when the reality and unfairness of the real world became apparent as they grew into adults. In The School Teachers Guest the main character 'Schoolteacher Ines' has strong maternal love for her son, who in the story is murdered. ...read more.

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which in this instinct relates to how Veronica really wasted her life by not breaking free from her family and home ,as both her two siblings did, taking on and striving for greater things for herself in the city. The story is about how easily satisfied Veronica is with what she has and also shows how different lifestyles and backgrounds can prevent friendships thriving. The writer shows this in the quote 'I lacked the time'. Here Okeke says how he cannot find the time for Veronica anymore. He lets their love die as he is blinded by the sexism and stereotypical prejudiced of his era. The writer shows Veronicas terrible attitude towards life when Okeke asks 'How are you?' She responds 'I'm still here, as you left me. What should have happened to me?' The impersonal language in this quote and the way she so casually addresses Okeke ,who she has not seen for ten years, shows how nothing has really happened to her in that space of time to fade the memories of how Okeke and herself use to be so close. Whereas Okeke speaks very little asking short questions such as 'How are you?' ...read more.

Conclusion

The 'easy' in this sentence really makes it clear to the reader how relaxed racial segregation and discrimination for the young black people was and how it was a way of life and not frowned upon. Also the fact that it was an 'easy transition' to make means that the segregation was not a problem and did not need white enforcement for it to take place. It was an accepted way of life. In this story the two lovers share a lot of affection for each other. This is shown when Thebidi tells her friend 'she had another sweetheart nobody new about, far away.' Some of the words used in this sentence are very childish and young words that young people of that time would relate to such as her 'sweetheart' which she refers to Paulus as. Also the term 'far away' that she uses kind of creates this magical love like in fairytales that adds that young love affect to it. Both these uses of language would make the reader endear to Thebidi and her feelings for Paulus, especially female reader who would empathise as they know what its like to be a teenage girl in love. Another example is how girls 'giggled, teased, and admired her' when she received gifts from Paulus. ...read more.

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