Comparing Khattum-Shud In Haroun And The Sea Of Stories

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Joseph Stalin, Kim Jong Un, Benito Mussolini, and Adolf Hitler are examples of the most known dictators today. All of them used similar tactics to isolate and control their citizens from the outside world. The main antagonist of Rushdie’s novel and leader of the Chupwalas, Khattum-Shud, is an extremely power hungry dictator with high demand. Both Khattum Shud and these famous dictators use related ways to fully take authority over their own citizens. In Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie uses allegories to elucidate how dictators take advantage of censorship to control people. While many of the Chups share what they think about Khattum-Shud, he strips their speech and is now deemed, “...the prince of silence...” (Rushdie 39). Many

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