A Horse and Two Goats - Summary

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Name: Tran Thuy Hang
Culture & Literature
Dr. Ryan
March 5th, 2013
Answer the question: Compare the relationship between Muni and his wife and the relationship between the American and his wife. Throughout the story “A Horse and Two Goats”, we can comprehend a lot of outstanding differences between the relationship of Muni to his wife and the relationship of the American to his wife. Two relationships are two details contributing to build the distinction between two cultures: India and America. Although they have many differences, there still exist some similarities between Muni’s relationship and the American’s relationship. In this essay, I will show some differences and similarities to explain for this comparison. In the relationship of Muni and his wife, at the beginning, they suffered these sneers from people surround them. Moreover, in this relationship, we can see clearly the right to keep controlling in their family. In particular, when Muni was rich and took more money, he had enough right to decide and control most of things in his family. At the same time, he also lorded it over his wife: “He had thrashed her only a few times in their career”. However, when he loses everything and becomes a poor man, he also loses his right in his family: “Later she had the upper hand”. Gradually, he has to obey what his wife orders him. This seems to be a habit so that’s why he doesn’t have any effort to resist his wife’s orders, just do it: “”Our store is empty today. Dhall, chilli, curry leaves, mustard, coriander, gingelley oil, and one large potatoe. Go out and get all this.” He repeated the list after her in order not to miss any item and walked off to the shop in the third street”. Although Muni follows his wife’s orders, somehow he still underestimates a little bit about women. Perhaps he thinks that because of the case from the postman: “We had a postman in our village who could speak to you boldly in your language, but his wife ran away with someone...
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