In A Horse and Two Goats by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of confusion, tradition, culture, identity, arrogance and conflict. Narrated in the. A Horse and Two Goats. R. K. Narayan Author Biography. NewDay USA VA Refinance – Save Thousands Per Year. Refinance up to % of your home. A HORSE AND TWO GOATSby R. K. Narayan, “A Horse and Two Goats,” by R. K. Narayan appeared, in a somewhat different form, in The New Yorker in.

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Narayan we have the theme of confusion, tradition, culture, identity, arrogance and conflict. He was not a serious student; he believed that the educational system was too regimented and that it discouraged students from thinking creatively, so he decided not to work hard and ended up failing several subjects and his college entrance exams.

A Horse and Two Goats

Its four streets are lined with about thirty mud and thatch huts and one Big House, made of brick and cement. York and commutes from Connecticut, he is dressed in the khaki clothing worn by American tourists in the tropics.

She works as hard as he does, or harder, getting up at dawn to fix his morning meal, and taking odd jobs at the Big House when their stores are low. He does, however, have an impressive amount of knowledge of the two major texts of his literary heritage, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, which he has learned by acting in plays and by listening to speakers at the temple.

A Horse and Two Goats by R.K. Narayan

He was raised a Brahmin, a member of the highest Hindu caste, and he had enjoyed a good education and a life of relative ease. The cultural clash is dominant. There are other an in the story. What he wanted to be was a writer. University of Chicago Press, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. A Horse and Two Goats by R. When he was still young, the rest of his family moved to Mysore, a smaller city in the heart of the country. In he married a woman named Rajam, who encouraged him in his writing.


The reality being that the American without knowing it and through the language barrier that exists between himself and Muni. While this conflict may be painful at times, here he finds it merely amusing. Jul 17, Mallika Soni rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is also interesting that Narayan narayab Muni to get the better of the American when he purchases the two goats instead of the horse. I really liked the ending though.

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. The American naraayan that Muni is going back into the village to get the help of others so that the American can remove the horse. The horse will remain in the village and the American may never see Muni again. Whereas as mentioned the American views the horse as no more than a trophy he can claim from his travels in India. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Muni learned most of his lore from other men, including the story behind the statue: As the story ends, she is shrieking at him, and Muni appears to be not much better off than he was at the start. Refresh and try again. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article.

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The late s were marked with great violence and eventually war between Muslims and Hindus. Ramana, in a short goas of his Message in Design: Minakshi Gupta rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Narayan who lived till age of ninety-four, died in What is also interesting about the story is the fact that the American is able to buy the horse for as little as one hundred and twenty rupees.


Lakshmi is one of the most popular goddesses in India, and countless people pray to her for wealth and good luck. Narayan Stories of Ourselves.

Muni interprets the statue: Much of this is conveyed through the wonderful double discourse that makes up a significant part of the story, with each of the characters happily developing his own hermetically sealed interpretation of the other’s words and gestures. The American takes for granted his relative wealth and seems unaware of the difference between Muni and himself. It is believed that the ancient Tamil societies may have been matriarchal, that is, ruled and guided by woman.

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This may be important as Narayan may be highlighting the differences between western and eastern cultures with those from a western culture believing they can purchase anything if the price is right. Jun 23, Jaseena AL rated it liked it. Muni and his wife have not always been so poor. Unlike most of Narayan’s heroes, however, he is a lower-class village peasant, rather than the usual middle-class Malgudi dweller, and he is very poor, as the appalling conditions of his life, always present behind the humor of the story, attest.