Book - Waiting for the Mahatma - Plot vs Style

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To what extent would you agree that style would be valued more highly than plot in the work you have chosen to explore? R.K. Narayan is one such modern writer whose novels are set in the colonial and post-colonial periods of India. In his works, he created the imaginary town of Malgudi, which was in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India, where realistic characters in a typically Indian setting lived amid unpredictable events. The book ‘Waiting for the Mahatma’ written by Narayan begins in latter part of the colonial era, in the 1940’s, when the Quit India movement is taking place. Though a greater part of this book is set in Malgudi and its surrounding villages, some scenes take place in other parts of the country like Delhi. Style…show more content…
For example when the Mahatma had visited Malgudi, and was addressing people not to have bitterness towards the British and instead love them, he thinks (about Bharati): “Oh, revered Mahatmaji, have no doubt that my heart is pure and without bitterness. How can I have bitterness in my heart for a creature who looks so divine?” On a broader perspective, the entire story can be an example of this – Sriram becomes a follower of Gandhi and his noble ideas only to fulfil his desire to marry Bharati. The story of Sriram is the story that a greater part of the book is devoted to though the larger story keeps taking place in the background. When Sriram learns that Bharati is a disciple of the Mahatma, he also becomes one. He learns to spin cloth using the charkha, and his job is to spread the message of Quit India throughout the villages surrounding Malgudi. When Gandhi is jailed, Sriram begins to drift away from his non-violent methods and under the guidance of Jagadish, an extremist freedom fighter, derails trains and plants crude bombs in government buildings. When Sriram returns to his house in Malgudi, where his grandmother is dying (and comes back to life on the funeral pyre in an extremely comic incident), the police arrest him and he is sent to jail. He remains in jail for a few months after India attains independence, and is then released, and walks out into a new, free India. On finding out that Bharati is in Delhi with the Mahatma, he goes to Delhi

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