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How Successfully The Writer Of An Unknown Girl Presents Her Feelings About The Countries She Visited

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An Unknown Girl ? How Successfully The Writer Of ?An Unknown Girl? Presents Her Feelings About The Countries She Visited ?An Unknown Girl?, a poem detailing an English women?s experience in India, focuses on the themes of cultural identity and the contrast of east and west. The Englishwoman whom this poem is centred around appears to be fascinated by the native Indian culture she encounters during her time in the country. ...read more.


The personification of these dummies also helps to further the point of the west invading the east. The infiltration of the west into traditional eastern society is portrayed in a negative light in this poem. The references made to western things are often things that are not natural such as the western perm of the beauty pageants where the competitors wear make-up. The presentation of the West as unnatural helps to reinforce the idea of the West ruining traditional Indian culture. ...read more.


The idea of bright neon represents the brash, imposing nature of the West as opposed to the indigenous colours of the east. For example the ?satin-peach knee? which has a reference to fruit making it seem far more natural than the overly bright neon colours. This western imposition of electrical neon as opposed to tradition lighting methods represents the way traditional culture is slowly broken apart until it is lost forever. This idea is mirrored by the lost of henna by the visiting woman, which, like Indian culture is slowly being scraped away. ...read more.

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