'Monkey Hunting' and Culture Analytical Essay by Nicky

'Monkey Hunting' and Culture
This paper studies the book 'Monkey Hunting' by Cristina Garcia, focusing on the aspect of culture.
# 145932 | 1,257 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2010 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Sociology (General) , Ethnic Studies (General) , Literature (General)

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In this article, the writer discusses that mixed cultures and mixed ancestries are both a large part of the plot and the theme of 'Monkey Hunting' by Cristina Garcia. The writer maintains that the characters of course bear the literary responsibility as to the impact of cross-cultural and mixed ancestries; but the setting, the ironies and the various narratives by various characters carry the messages that the author delivers with both eloquence and coarseness. The writer discusses that the book deals with many histories and nationalities, bondage and brutality, but the web that Garcia weaves throughout the novel is more about the intertwining of ethnic and ancestral cultures than anything else. The writer concludes that the point of the book is that the world is a smaller and smaller place and cultures are blending in a giant melting pot that has been created on a global scale.

From the Paper:

"On many occasions in this book Cristina Garcia brings the reader into the cultural stew that has resulted from Chen Pan's arrival in Cuba and the offspring he is responsible for. Mixed cultures result in clashes in what to eat and how to love. On pages 203-204 for example, readers are treated to the fact that Vietnamese people love to use fish sauce. Anyone who has visited a Vietnamese restaurant knows that you won't find ketchup or mustard on the table, but there will be fish sauce. And here is Chen Pan's great-great grandson, Domingo Chen, of Cuban, African, and Asian extraction, in Saigon in 1970 with Tham Thanh Lan, a Vietnamese woman."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Garcia, Cristina. Monkey Hunting. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.

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