Analytical Essay on the Narrative Style of a Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

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Analytical Essay On The Narrative Style Of A Fine Balance By Rohinton Mistry A Fine Balance uses a straightforward third person omniscient narration. A style that has become suspects and largely outmoded in this postmodern period. The question is why did Mistry choose to write in such a mode? Now an analysis of the narrative style of a text will necessarily involve a close scrutiny of the intention of writing it. In the novel the text as such, basically the descriptive part other than the character's conversations or their thoughts, stands out for its stark factuality and linearity of time. The text is just a long list of all the events and various descriptions. It doesn't probe at all the intentions or the mental make-up of the…show more content…
But Om and Ishvar inspite of the most harrowing experiences hang on to their balance. The English Realist's debate on the influence of heredity and environment surfaces here in favor Om, Ishvar and Dina. Mistry is again and again banging in the fact that the world is ever changing. Its relationships, its equations, its very laws change. It's somewhat like balancing yourself on a sphere or like for the Monkeyman to balance his two cousins on the long bamboo from his forehead. It's a fine balance. In a way Mistry is very deliberately at the very bastion of realism. The idea that you can constrain the world within a compartment, the idea of rationalism where everything goes according to a fixed set of rules. In fact he renders the whole debate of the English Realists about the influence of heredity and environment on the formation of an individual as being totally irrelevant. The human spirit is boundless. It will overcome the difficulties no matter how oppressing the condition. Om, Ishvar and Dina exemplify his. Each time they lose all they have it seems they will fall apart. But then they spring tenaciously to move on to the next thing. Maneck, synonymous with the rational thought process, on the other hand is unable to rationalize the reality as it is. And all the years he has spent away from home haven't mitigated his conflict. His mind is the compartment that Valmik refers to. And the
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