Essay on Analysis of Chapters 8 and 9 in Paradise of the Blind
Write an analysis of how Chapters 8 and 9 explore the connection between culture, food and community
The interdependent connection between culture, food and community is pivotal in the demonstration of the importance Vietnamese tradition in Paradise of the Blind. Chapters eight and nine focus on the importance of culture through family particularly evident in the way food acts as an expression of this culture. Food is also used to establish a sense of community, which is an important aspect in the Vietnamese culture.
Food is presented as a direct reflection of a person’s wealth in Vietnamese culture. Limited in other forms of power, women like Aunt Tam can rely on materialistic objects, such …show more content…
The practice of food preparation establishes a sense of community in the chapter. Food preparation appears to have a rehearsed, methodical quality which is evident in the line “The scene was lively but well-ordered as if all the feverish activity was directed by the iron hand of some invisible conductor.” The simile of the conductor draws a