Compare and contrast the conventional values in Paradise of the Blind and Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
In Paradise Of The Blind, we read about the lives of three Vietnamese women during and after the Vietnam War. The story is an allegory : Hang, the main character, is a young girl caught between post-war Vietnamese values and the two women in her life, her mother, Que, and her aunt, Tam. Que represents the values of traditional Vietnamese culture prior to the Communist takeover, and Tam represents the Western values of capitalism and democracy. Both Hang's mother and aunt Tam find it hard to navigate the new domain of post-war Vietnam. They both fight for influence in Hang's life but do not succeed; Duong shows us that the Western values of capitalism and democracy, while praiseworthy, cannot be imposed on Vietnamese society without making exceptions and considerations for the culture. Tam dies from overwork; from her story, we see that the communist ideology is a failed political ideology and will never lead to peace, prosperity and a healthy society. Que loses her leg in a freak...
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