This mist conquered land as well as time. People don’t remember their history, nor their yesterdays. Yet they are content that way. But for Axl, an aged man, his neighbors’ attitude towards knowledge is unsettling. With little comfort left, memories fading day by day, and no son by their side, Axl and, his wife, Beatrice seek answers.
Krebs begins to feel disconnected from his hometown because of the differences. From the implied meanings in the story we, can not only see but prove this change. The symbolism of his family constantly reminding him of the contrasting values. His difficulty and discovery in courting women. His inability to explain his lack of faith.
Foreigners, however, are rejected by the American society and struggle to find a place where they feel accepted. Antonia had several attempts to find where she belonged but always came back to her roots. She experimented and went to town, but only catastrophes came
From my point of view, that’s the worst of the stages in the cultural shock. As I know from my own experience, it was easy to imagine what life would look like before I came to a different culture, but the reality was way different. We get used to the environment we live in, which then leads to a disappointment as we change our place of living. I know that I have missed my home, family and friends so much, I wasn’t able to function on a daily basis. Going to school was like forcing yourself to something you really don’t want to do, even though in your home town, you would do exactly the same activities.
They miss their roots when they see their children going the American way. The adoption of a foreign culture can never possibly be in totality. Their emotional and psychological planes are corded by the cultural displacement, leaving them is secure and alienated. There is a parallel fragmenting and evolving of identity. The isolation shows a disturbing trend in the lives of characters who try hard to keep their pecker up, against all odds as they strive hard to survive on foreign
Being sure that they are absolutely right, our mothers and fathers go to their internal world. Angered with misunderstanding of other people they save money without realizing the purpose of it, - says Leon Agulyansky. – But it’s not what it is about. Parents want to write their children’s destiny. But life writes its own rough and unpredictable scenario, and no money would help.
This shows lack of growth because the people who had a good influence in her is moving away and she feels as if she wont know what to do back at home. Jaja was telling his father that he and Kambili are visiting Nsukka no matter what he says or how they are going to get there. “ I did not hear what papa said, then i heard Jaja say ‘We are going to Nsukka today, no tomorrow…..my hand trembling violently. In this section of the novel, Kambili can be characterized as worried. A worried person usually is shaky and nervous.
This creates a myriad of negative emotions and frustrations for both of them. When the situation escalates between them, Willy reverts to a time when Biff was young and full of potential. Consequently, Willy does not deal with the real problem he has in his relationships and his life, he simply closes his eyes and suffer more as a result. Ultimately, Willy’s refusal to accept the truth has not only separated him from himself, it also pushed him further from everyone else. His wife is simply comforting and enabling him consistently while he and Happy possess no substantial relationship outside of the lies they both share.
They usually want to flee out from their nest of their mother or want to be other nationality than what they inherently are. They are ashamed of a country they were brought to live in, they are ashamed of themselves, but why do they do so? As what I have observed, there are some of many reasons that lead to that problem. First, they want to show how up-to-date and different they are. Second, they are bored with the daily lives in their country (Vietnam).
The rootlessness, coupled with the indifferent attitude of host culture, adds to sense of otherness and alienation. Diaspora’s sense of loss becomes tragic when they think of returning to their homeland. The homes to which they want to return undergoes complete transformation and turns out to be a romantic illusion. If seen metaphysically, human beings turn out to be eternal exiles. Man does not have a permanent home anywhere.