Eating Sugar

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Essay: Eating Sugar

In today’s society it is not unusual that prejudice and anxiety inhibit us from trying to relate to the different cultures around the world. This narrow-mindedness is created by a tiny knowledge of circumstances. We are simply informed of all the misery, corruption and extremism outside our nation, with only all the appalling facts mentioned in the media world – the distance between nationalities is increased all the time, which makes it hard for people with different cultures to meet and communicate. If a foreigner came to your rescue, while you were in the most need of aid, how would you react? This issue is one of the main subjects in the short story Eating Sugar.

The British short story Eating Sugar is written by Catherine Marriman, and was first published in Getting a Life by Honno in 2001.The set of the story takes place in the mountains in Thailand with an omniscient third-person narrator. We are introduced to a married couple, Alex and Eileen, who are on holiday in Thailand to visit their daughter, Suzanne. Alex, the father, is very suspicious of the natives, but in the end he overcomes the suspiciousness. Eileen anxious behavior makes it possible for Alex to suppress some of his fear, which makes him seem only uninterested. To try to describe his character I find it appropriate to use Duane Hanson’s, Tourist 2, a sculpture, from 1988. Duane Hanson sketches a typical image of tourists with cameras and Hawaii-shirts. This could be used as a parallel to Alex and Eileen’s behavior. They are only in Thailand to visit their daughter. They prefer to be left by themselves away from the natives, just being there to observe and take pictures uninterested in the natives and their culture.

The mood changes in the end of the story, when Alex’s behavior switches. The description of the country is taken to another level, which is…...

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