Paradise Of The Blind By Huong Thu Duong And Buchi Emecheta 's The Bride Price

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The two comparative texts, Paradise of the Blind by Huong Thu Duong and Buchi Emecheta’s the Bride Price explicitly reflect changing values and perspectives of the modernistic 1970s and the post colonial era of the 1930s respectively. Through the exploration of familial and traditional values and the affect on the individual, the authors portray the struggle of the clash between tradition versus modernism. The books further reflect that an individual’s identity and their deeper understanding of the world can be investigated through the interactions of external forces and the bonds established within their community.
Duong and Emecheta notably explore family values as a beneficial force in attaining one’s place in society though can lead to being oppressive and destructive, stripping an individual of their distinctiveness. Set in the context of the post Vietnam war, communist era in 1980’s Vietnam, Duong undoubtedly emphasizes that strong family ties are deemed to be advantageous in creating a perfect society, though the effect can be demoralizing, robbing one of their personality. Hang’s longing for warmth and comfort within her family is seemingly dubious and she strives to assist herself and her mother in finding happiness whilst maintaining familial bonds. Hang’s mother’s (Que) relationship with her brother is rocky as she disregards the unhappiness she receives from him, “He’s my brother. You can’t deny blood ties.” (Huong, Paradise of the Blind, 2002, p. 109), Duong…

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