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