What are the themes of "A Horse and Two Goats"? 

One of the themes of "A Horse and Two Goats" is the inability of different cultures to communicate with one another. Both the American man in the story and the poor Indian herdsman Muni think they understand each other, that they've come to some mutually beneficial arrangement. But in actual fact, both end up with considerably more than they bargained for.

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Communication problems between different cultures are much to the fore in "A Horse and Two Goats." The poor Indian goatherd Muni and the wealthy American tourist occupy not so much different worlds as different planets. Though able to strike up a friendly conversation—even though neither man can speak the other's language—Muni and the American tourist are at cross-purposes.

It's not just that the two men are unable to speak each other's languages; their respective value systems are also mutually incompatible. The wealthy American tourist, who used to work on the fortieth floor of the Empire State Building, is in a completely different line of work—and income bracket—than the poor Indian goatherd Muni, who's fallen on hard times of late.

This massive disparity of income places an additional barrier between the two men. In fact, one gets the impression that this is an even bigger barrier to mutual understanding than their inability to speak one another's languages. The American has...

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