AFRICAN PAPER - Danielle Shamroe African Drama T/Tr 11:00...

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Danielle Shamroe African Drama T/Tr 11:00 The African culture is full of life and diversity, while the Westernized cultures are unique and privileged. These cultures remain in conflict with one another; however, the two ways of life are capable of coming together when families are united. Similarly, in Ama Ata Aidoo's play, "The Dilemma of a Ghost," Aidoo accurately depicts the African culture through the educated, Africa- born Ato, and the lack of knowledge of the African culture through the African American Eulalie. In the play, Ato has an internal conflict between his old traditions and his new life. On the other hand, Eulalie represents how the Western and African cultures are in odds. In Ama Ato Aidoos' play, "The Dilemma of the Ghost," Aidoo precisely illustrates how the African people and their culture are in conflict with the Westernized way of life when relating to the customs surrounding the community, and the visible traditional differences in the family. The appropriate way to spend families' expenses is one way the customs and traditions are in conflict with the American ways of life. For Eulalie, it is accustomed to spend the families' money on washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers; however, to the African culture, it is a wasteful way to spend the families’ money. In the play, Ato’s family demonstrates their disproval toward Eulalie’s choice on how to spend expenses when the second woman states, "this woman uses machines for doing everything” (264). The use of refrigerators, ovens, and washing machines further accuse Eulalie of being an unfit wife to the African culture; however, to the American ways of life this way of spending expenses completely appropriate. The reader finds Eulalie again practicing unfit ways of spending money, which would ordinarily
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2011 for the course CMLT 3150 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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