In Literaure we have been reading the story: ‘A Horse and two Goats’, and we had to write an essay about it’s main theme: the clash of cultures. Here is mine.
The most important theme in “A Horse and two Goats”, and in fact the central theme of Narayan´s work, is the clash of cultures. Do you agree?
In A Horse and two Goats, Narayan writes about the encounter between two cultures: Indian and American. Also, he deals with the consequences of this encounter.
Firstly, the poem deals with the differences between the two protagonists. Apart from language, money is also a big problem. Muni is stuck in Kritam, he had been living there for all his life. But the tourist, he is in a vacation. He can simply enjoy visiting other places and cultures because he has money. Not like Muni, he’s poor.
Secondly, the story deals with the lack of communication between Muni that is Indian, and the tourist that is American. They try to speak with one and other but it’s not possible because of the fact that Muni speaks Tamil and the tourist speaks English. Despite of this, they keep on having a senseless conversation. Language is part of your culture and your identity.
Thirdly, the theme of «ignorance» is also part of clash of cultures. Both of the protagonists are very ignorant towards the two cultures. The «red-faced man» underestimates Indian culture and Muni doesn’t even understand him.
To conclude, the most important theme in the story is the clash of cultures, because there is an encounter of two very different languages and identities.