Cultural Differences

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Topics: Marriage, Husband, Wife
Carly Matlock
ENGL 155
Professor Tayyar
18 February 2014
Journal 1
“Mrs. Spring Fragrance” by Sin Sue Far was a fun little story. The story’s plot played on the common issue of miscommunication and also incorporated a theme of cultural difference. I loved that Far used Tennyson for the spokesperson of American poetry, and found it a little humorous that Laura’s almost husband ran off with the inappropriate woman. As for the writing, Far writes in a very clear and concise way, thus making it easy to follow and understand. I always appreciate this form of writing because I can read to enjoy, rather than read to interpret.
The cultural connection in this story is actually the cultural differences. Miscommunication between Mr. and Mrs. Spring Fragrance occurs through the cultural differences between Chinese customs and way of the life and American customs and way of life. The problem begins through American poetry causing Mr. Spring Fragrance to misinterpret his wife’s feelings for him then excels through a harmless compliment. What Mr. Spring Fragrance originally thought was a compliment towards his wife, Mrs. Spring Fragrance becoming Americanized, turned into support for his doubt in his wife’s love for him. The cultural differences serve as a big issue for Mr. Spring Fragrance in this story.
I found the title of this story, “Mrs. Spring Fragrance,” to be very intriguing. Although Mrs. Spring Fragrance does have a large role in the story, the story mainly focuses on Mr. Spring Fragrance. It is Mr. Spring Fragrance who overhears a conversation and thinks the worst, thus creating an issue. The story really follows Mr. Spring Fragrance throughout the story and describes his every event rather than his wife’s. Mrs. Spring Fragrance has absolutely no idea there is a problem the entire time, which is why I found it interesting the title would be “Mrs. Spring Fragrance” instead of “Mr.” On the other hand, the title can also represent the joy and eventual happiness

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