Cultural encounters are an eye-opener. Their impact on the individual can be quite intense. Explore how cultural encounters are manifested in literary works, specifically short stories from An Anthology of Short Stories from Five Continents, with particular reference to “In Cuba, I was a German Shepherd” by Ana Menendez. In the process of answering the TMA, you should make sure to include the below five sub-questions: 1) How is the concept of cultural encounter treated in the short story ‘In Cuba, I was a German Shepherd’? 2) Is the author, Ana Menendez, aware of the cultural encounter theme? How does she manifest that awareness? 3) Is the narrator, the old man Mãximo, aware of the cultural encounter theme? What proofs does he provide of such awareness, if any? 4) How is the setting (time and place) used to highlight the theme of cultural encounter in “In Cuba, I was a German Shepherd”? 5) What role do memories play throughout the short story help in highlighting the theme of the cultural encounter? Guidance on Addressing the Topic: Before you embark on writing the essay, you need to read carefully book 3 Cultural Encounters to familiarize yourself with the topic at large and make use of the skills presented in the book when writing your essay. You are strongly advised to consult sources on the topic and widen your knowledge of the topic under consideration, but it is of the utmost importance to document any words or ideas that are not your own. Once you have the material ready, it is advisable that you follow the steps (1-5) indicated in the section above to avoid omitting sub-questions. Although the topic is most relevant to Unit 4, you should demonstrate your knowledge of thecomplexity of theconcept of cultural encounters as presented in the all the units to draw lessons and examples from them if need be, and not model your treatment solely after a particular treatment appearing in a single unit.
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