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Explore the ways in which the writer gives a sense of a culture and tradition different from your own in any two of the stories we have studied.

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Explore the ways in which the writer gives a sense of a culture and tradition different from your own in any two of the stories we have studied. Snapshots of a wedding is rich in culture and tradition and extremely different to the marriage ceremonies, which are held today in Britain. In this short story the reader gets an insight into the bride and grooms life and what was accepted and what wasn't. A lot of the issues which in their lifestyle they believe to be common and acceptable, are in the readers eyes, an outrage and it would be totally unacceptable in the culture we live in today. Neo is found to be pregnant with Kegolatile's baby their first child together but it soon became known that another girl matharta was also pregnant by Kegolatile. In today's Truly modern Britain if this happened which it commonly does, it would be looked down upon greatly and it was cause huge social and emotional problems, people in our society would be appalled if this was looked upon as if it was perfectly reasonable. ...read more.

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so again compared to today's modern weddings it seems extremely traditional and there is a complete contrast in views. It is also quite startling to think that women were bought and sold using cattle as something to trade them with. Again, in Britain this would never happen as women are now equal to men and much more independent. This shows another clear contrast in the cultures and also the development of the country, it is clear that their culture is dominated by men. The second story "a road to Rhodesia" is also a dominated culture but the difference is it is dominated by race. The white people clearly have control of the country and its people; this is a result of apartheid. In this short story the writer portrays the culture clearly and the obvious separation of the two races is also shown. In the second paragraph the train is said to call out, but the small village did not answer: "I'm coming...I'm coming..." it called to the small village. This line symbolises the daily routine and normality, which the people who are waiting for the train, feel. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the final section of the story the author shows the woman feeling terrible guilt as she knows what she did was wrong and this is where the culture of the white people is contradicted as she shows remorse about being hurtful towards the man and cheating him out of the honest wage which he deserved. She seems to care about the blacks and doesn't just simply see them as souvenir sellers." she sat down again in the corner her face slumped in her hands..." this body language shows that she is feeling sad and guilty. In conclusion I believe that the authors of both stories portray the difference in cultures and traditions extremely well, between my own culture and the various cultures included in the both stories. It shows the expectations and what different races and different people believe what is right and wrong and also what is modern and what isn't. In each story the author shows how differently the people think of them selves and it's also clear how different the culture we live in today is, as it is unlike those traditions of other countries. Emily Smith 10ajs ...read more.

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