Comparing A Stench of Kerosene and Country Lovers Essay

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Comparing A Stench of Kerosene and Country Lovers Both A Stench of Kerosene and Country Lovers demonstrate cultural pressures in different parts of the world. A Stench of Kerosene is set most probably in India. The main plot of the story, which involves Manak, his Mother, his second wife, his first wife Guleri and his friend Bhavani, is that Guleri leaves Manak to visit her parents, and whilst there, Manak's mother introduces a second wife to Manak, and she becomes pregnant, without Guleri knowing, and when she finds out, she commits suicide by burning herself with kerosene, and when the baby finally …show more content…
Manak wants to make sure he is a good son to his parents. Throughout the story, his key traits are that he loved Guleri but was unable to show his emotions to her, and as is also very respectful to his mother which is shown not only by not replying when she called him a woman, but also when she introduced him to the second wife and even then respected her wishes. This shows the importance of culture in India.

Another story which expresses the cultural pressures people face is Country Lovers which is set n South Africaduring the time of apartheid. This story involves Paulus, Njabulo, Thebedi and the baby. The main story is that Paulus, a white boy and Thebedi, a black girl become very close child friends. Paulus then left and Thebedi met Njabulo, another black who fathers Thebedi's child, whose father is Paulus. Njabulo knows this but carries on. Paulus comes back and kills the child, and then escapes from prison after Thebedi lied in court. The story begins with blacks and whites integrating regardless of their cultural pressures and Apartheid, which was a very big issue. However, as they became older they became aware of the culture and the fact that they could not socialise with the
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