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How does Prawer-Jhabvala highlight the culture clash between India and England in the Young Couple?

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How does Prawer-Jhabvala highlight the culture clash between India and England in the Young Couple? Prawer-Jhabvala highlights the culture clash in several ways. Firstly, by using themes. Secondly, through the uses of images and languages. Finally, through the uses of characterisation of Naraian, Cathy and Naraian's parent. Firstly, Prawer-Jhabvala uses the main theme, clash of culture to show the culture clash between England and India. The first culture clash was shown on the reaction Naraian's friend to Cathy. Naraian's friends "were polite to her, but the trouble was they were too polite, in a very formal and courtly way", and with such "undue respect". The respect is unearned and should not own by Cathy. This made her an offended outsider. This kind of reaction made her upset. In England every women is treat to be equal to men and Cathy will be treat deferential. However, in Indian all white women should be revered or to look up to. ...read more.


The family attitude in India is when the family all smothers each other in love. Naraian's family does everything for Cathy. His family gets involved very much between the couple. Secondly, Prawer-Jhabvala also highlights the culture clash through using images and languages. One of the images I found is that the reasons why Cathy doesn't work. She has experiences on "receptionist to a Harley Street specialist, a sales assistant in an airlines office and a waitress in a coffee bar." However, she knew it was impossible to get a job like that in India. "Because of her, or rather the family's, background and social standing." "The sort of jobs this background and social standing permitted her she was not qualified to do." Therefore, the main way of getting a job in India is nepotism. On the other hands, in England, individuals find works independently of family. And other images I found is that the attitude of family to Cathy's shopping trip. ...read more.


He is also very selfish as well, when Cathy is having an argument with his mother, he was "busy eating the flesh round the stone of his mango". He pretends he is very busy in eating so that he doesn't need to listening to the conversation and he is having a easy life. Naraian's parents are rich and upper classed. They like controlling and interfering the couple, but also caring. "Ours girls don't go to these bazaars alone". Really, there is a clash between culture and characterisation as well. In conclusion, the clash of culture between India and England is because of the gender roles. In India, it is not socially acceptable for female to show their sexuality. In addition, it is fine to be like that in England. The clash of characterisation between Cathy, Naraian and Naraian's parents. Because Naraian should be stronger and to stand up for Cathy. And Naraian's family should understand the situation which Cathy and Naraian is having. ?? ?? ?? ?? ENOCH WONG WAH 10A1 THE YOUNG COUPLE ...read more.

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