Almásy, a Limited Character in the English Patient

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The limited character in Michael Ondaatje's novel, The English Patient, was Almásy. Almásy was a man who was burned from head to toe, and whose identity is unrecognizable thus making him a limited character. The novel takes place in a villa where the man was being taken care of by Hana, a young nurse who stayed behind to take care of Almásy while the rest of the nurses escaped to a safer place to stay. She calls him the English patient because of his accent, though she is unaware of where he is from. The entire novel is focused on the history of the English patient, where he tells the story of his past to Hana, Caravaggio, and Kip. Although in the present Almásy is a limited character, the novel is based on the constant flashbacks of his…show more content…
This condition made him live his life in misery due to Katherine's death. Not only is in physical pain for the rest of his life, but he is also in emotional pain because he left the girl he loved to die in a cave. He is limited to living a normal life, because his mistake of having this affair brought him to continue his life in agony. He is also limited because he can never forget his past because of his physical appearance. This book is recommended to all of those who are interested in a fictional love story dating back to World War II. Those who have seen the movie and enjoyed the story, will enjoy this book as well. Michael Ondaatje is an outstanding author and the way he ties in the English patient with the entire store is extremely fascinating. Although he switches from present the past constantly, the reader is still aware of what is occurring. The way he descriptively explained the body, and other aspects of the novel is what caught my attention. For example, he writes "As he lay under the table, the blood from his hands fell into his face, and he suddenly thought clearly and slipped the handcuff off the table leg, flinging the chair away to drown out the pain an then leaning to the left to step out of the other cuff." (page 59) This entire sentence was so descriptive that I could actually understand the difficult position he was in. He can help the reader actually feel what the English patient was
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