3 Aug 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. Plot Summary. Characters. Themes. Style. Historical Context. Critical Overview. Criticism. 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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He offers Muni some cigarettes, and explains that he and his wife, Ruth, decided to travel to India on vacation after a power failure in the Empire State Building forced him to work four hours without air conditioning on a hot summer day. Muni believes the man had arrived to investigate a dead body that was found on the border between Kritam and a neighboring village a few weeks before.

Women must be watched; otherwise they will sell themselves and the home. He and his wife have no children to help them in their old age, so their only income is ek the odd jobs his wife occasionally takes on at the Nnarayan House.

He has been honored for his work in India, in Great Britainand in the United Stateswhere he has been made an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He is known primarily for his horsd novels and short stories set in the fictional, small Southern Indian town of Malgudi, and most critics and reviewers focus on these stories.

Short Story Analysis: A Horse and Two Goats by R.K. Narayan – The Sitting Bee

Again, Muni is let down, and continues to his usual spot, underneath a large clay statue of a horse and warrior, where he rests, as his goats graze. Narayan, to attract international attention.

He considers that he has bought the horse, and Muni believes he has just sold his goats. This language barrier leads to Muni, reminiscing about his past, the statue ajd his childhood, while the American explains to Muni how he will be rearranging his furniture back in New York, to accommodate the statue.

Every day, he herds his flock of forty goats and sheep to the highway on the outskirts of the village and lets them graze as he sits and watches them. Narayan is an excellent story teller and writes in a humourous fashion. What they say What they do What the author is telling us. Disappointed, Muni sets out with his foats goats, to ask the local shopkeeper, for the items that his wife needs to cook him the breakfast he is craving.

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The meeting between Muni and the red-faced man was intended to take place between aboutwhen televisions became generally available to Americans, andwhen the horee was published, but the date is not central to the story.

As Muni watches the road and waits for the appropriate time to return home, a yellow station wagon comes down the road and pulls over. Narayan Stories of Ourselves. Although A Horse and Two Goats makes no reference to Malgudi itself, it is typical of these stories, as Muni tries to live and ease the burden of his poverty. The American is highly educated but does not seem to truly understand the vastness of the world naraayan lives in.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. At no stage of the story is there a sense that either man understands the actions or wishes of the other. Registration Forgot your password? While the man tries to talk with him about the statue, Muni babbles on about a recent murder and the end of the world. But by writing in English, he was choosing to write for an. She is a nurturer and a model for devoted wives.

His very casualness emphasizes the gap between them. It is as though Narayan may ane suggesting that culturally India is far more superior to America and it may be for that reason that the American wants the horse. Ian rated annd it was amazing Oct 06, In this manner, the American is seen as not unintelligent, but merely ignorant of nwrayan world, while Muni, not necessarily educated in a formal manner, is vastly intelligent.

As the story ends, she is shrieking at him, and Muni appears to be not much better off than he was gorse the start. On this occasion he has not succeeded. Muni was progressive during his heydays, but his wealth was still nothing compared to that of most Americans. By watching them both together, the reader can see that the American typifies the life of ease and entitlement that contrasts with the hard work, acceptance and loss that characterizes Muni’s life.

Though the horse is the worse for wear it horsf symbolises something to Muni. He was not a serious student; he believed adn the educational system was narahan 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.

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Writing a comparative essay.

What are the themes of “A Horse and Two Goats”?

It is an item that he can brag to his friends about and tell them how cheaply he managed to purchase the horse for. Although many of the small details, like the drumstick tree and the dhoti where Muni puts his hundred rupees, are particularly Indian, they are also basic enough to human experience that they are easily understood by an international audience. Amanda rated it it was amazing Aug 14, Feedback Privacy Policy Feedback. Byy in the 10th century, Muslim raiders attacked and weakened the Buddhist kingdoms, and for the next several hundred years a series of Muslim kingdoms controlled what is now called the Indian subcontinent.

In “A Horse and Two Goats” the seemingly timeless routine is interrupted when a car stops and a “red-faced foreigner,” an American whose vehicle has run out of fuel, asks for directions to the nearest gas station. A Study anrayan R. Where the Amercian only t This was an interesteing short story which can be analyzed on many aspects.

Muni, the central character of the story, is a typical Narayan hero who has achieved little and who feels that he has been dealt with unsympathetically by the world around him and by fate. Each speaks at length about his own life and local calamities, with no awareness that the other hears nothing. His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two gpats of the twelve novels he based there.

In keeping with his usual narrative formula, Narayan carefully follows Muni as he goes about his daily, frequently humiliating existence—eating his meagre breakfast, visiting the local shopkeeper in a typically unsuccessful attempt tot get a few items of food on credit, and then taking his hotse scraggy goats to graze near the foot of the horse statute at the edge of the village.

The American makes his leave with the horse statue towed in his station wagon, while Muni returns home to his wife.

His wife offers to boil them with salt, but Muni hankers for something richer—a drum-stick curry.