fantastic, the mysterious, or the marvellous, and subsequently it is not surprising that some critics have chosen to discard the term in general.
In Salman Rushdie’s hands, political satire and caricature easily administer with fairy-tale fights of imagination that merge a fine diaphanous model of restrained allusions, impulse and humour. The magic realism popularized by Salman Rushdie inclined a large number of Indian novels. According to Anita Desai, Rushdie showed English language novelists in India a way to be “postcolonial”. There is an entire cohort of novelists who experience the weight of Rushdie’s influence as enabling their own talents. Quite apart from his distinctive characters, he showed Indians how the English language could …show more content…
His portrayal of characters and technique of storytelling are purposeful. He uses magic realism as a means for finding truth. The factors he uses to locate the truth give an aspect of magic throughout. Salman Rushdie artistically incorporates the elements of magic realism in Midnight’s Children. His use of magic realism as a narrative technique is intentional. Not only does he use magic realism - the fantastic, the magical, the weird - as a useful technical tool, but he transcends it to portray the almost unreal and surreal dimensions of the Indian subcontinent. And much like the Latin American writers, he brings a magic and revitalizing view of the effects of …show more content…
Rushdie’s use of magic realism as a narrative technique is very pertinent as he portrays the postcolonial life in his novel. The Magic realism can therefore be seen as a contrivance binding Indian culture of the past to the contemporary multicultural interface. Rushdie used fantasy as a method of producing intensified images of reality. He uses this “intensified images of reality” in Midnight’s Children so as to represent the happenings preceding and following India’s independence. The desperate materials pertaining to those times of political disruption, popular upsurge, growing sanguinity, and confused developments that often bordered on the fantastic could not have been woven together by any other means but that of
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The British Raj, or the British rule over India, has long since passed; however, the remnants of the pro-colonization have lingered around and are seemingly even making a comeback. Salman Rushdie in his essay, Outside the Whale, notices this romanticisation of Britain’s colonial past in the resurgence of Raj fiction and films. Rushdie, in his criticisms, embraces theories from Edward Said, and hints at theories from Frantz Fanon. By emphasizing the influential language of Raj films and texts, analyzing Orwell’s theory institutional denial, and finally calling for a systematic upheaval of oppressive thinking, Salman Rushdie’s essay and criticism mirrors John McLeod’s theories and definitions of colonial discourse and recognizes that with the comeback of Raj fiction comes a resurgence of the pro-colonization colonial discourse that it originated with.
This paper attempts to examine the fictional projections of Indian girls, to see how they emerge in ideological terms. Their journeys from self-alienation to self-adjustment, their childhood struggles against the hypocrisies and monstrosities of the grown-up world, eventually demolishing the unjust male constructed citadels of power that hinder their progress- are the highlighted issues. The point of comparison between the two novels focused on here is the journey of Rahel in The God of Small Things and Sai in The Inheritance from a lonely childhood to a tragic adulthood passing through a struggle with the complex forces of patriarchal society. Both the novels portray the imaginativeness, inventiveness, independence, rebelliousness, wide-eyed wonder and innocence associated with these young girls.
Chraibi’s book Muhammad: A Novel is a fantastic, powerful read because it is just that: a novel. It is a fictional story, but written by an author who had an unusual, mystical calling himself to write the book. By using original aspects from the traditional biographies of Muhammad and then adding his own personal, esoteric twist on these characteristics, Chraibi creates a work of literature that is truly compelling and shows Muhammad’s journey to becoming a prophet in a mystical light. Two central distinctions, namely Muhammad’s relations with Khadija and Bahira, add the spice in this novel that really help the reader grasp what is mystical about both this literature and most importantly, Muhammad himself.
He administers his criticism towards “terrorists,” the “European school,” the “Islamic school,” the “Asian school,” and the “political movement called multiculturalism”(Dinesh,
Bharathi Mukherjee’s later novels Jasmine(1989), The Holder of the World(1993) and Leave It to Me(1997) comprised her last creative phase conveniently termed here as the phase of immigration. By now she has travelled a long distance in terms of thematic perception and character portrayal. Beginning with an expatriate’s uprooted identity in the early 70’s, her creative faculty explored the transitional dilemma of characters in early 80’s, whose acculturation bids were occasionally thwarted by the complexity of cultural plurality in the adopted land. However, after the publication of The Middleman(1998), the process of cultural acclimatization appears to be complete and the characters betray the confidence of an immigrant, almost a naturalized citizen, in facing the challenges of human life.
Little 1 Auzurae Little Professor Strange English 103 17 September 2014 Knowledge is Freedom People pay a lot of attention to their community and surroundings, especially as young children. They pick up habits and daily rituals from their family and friends. People talk like their loved ones using the same slang in relation to their area. Authors place of origin tend to influence their work.
In his essay, Reality TV: A Dearth of Talent and the Death of Morality, Salman Rushdie argues that the popularity of reality television shows should both alarm us and enlighten us as we examine their success. What is Rushdie’s primary argument, and in what tone does he make his plea? How well does Rushdie keep our attention as a writer and are his arguments credible? Are his claims supported by hard evidence or merely conjecture? And finally, from this essay what can his audience surmise about Rushdie’s world view, biases and opinions of society at large and the media in particular? As we explore Salman Rushdie’s essay let us keep an open mind even if reality television is our favorite form of entertainment.
The tale One Thousand and One Nights, also known as Arabian Nights is best known for its frame tale organization and its scandalous tales that shocked and captured the European population’s attention during the 18th century, but it is the morals within the story that of are worth noting. In the tale Shahrazad, the daughter of the king’s vizier, tells stories to king Shahrayar in hopes of prolonging the lives of her fellow citizens and hopefully bringing the king to his senses. Her tales all hold a subliminal message that is meant to teach the king that his current behavior is unacceptable and harming both his citizens and himself. The dangers of jealousy and revenge, the pitfalls of greed and the wonders of mercy are just some of the morals that her tales portray. Examples of these themes can be seen in the stories of the three old men and the overall tale of the merchant and the demon.
When books are forbidden, it illuminates a refusal of the censors to look at the world with open eyes; they close their eyes like they closed the banned book. Banning books uncovers more about the control than the book or the writer brought into the glare of publicity. Those who advocate banning books do so for various reasons, usually inappropriate language or social situations based on the perceived maturity of the reader. The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian covers three of the heated issues of this era which are racism, bullying, and alcoholism. Through the medium of this book, Sherman Alexi was trying to acknowledge the society from a young age and to encourage the upbringing of knowledge in young adolescents and set their minds not to follow bullying, racism and alcoholism, hence books made it easier to achieve this. So, my claim is that books should not be banned.
Because of their beauty ,women are underestimated , in this case Miss Rehana,. People used to think about beauty women that they are weak and incapacitated to do the same thing that men do. This sexist theory unfortunately is still used in our days to play down the figure of women in countries like Pakistan. We believe that S. Rushdie uses this way of think to break in the end our expectation about Miss Rehana , and highlight more the independence and freedom of women.
“Araby,” is a story of emotional passion carefully articulated by the author, James Joyce, to mark the end of childhood and the start of adolescence. It is told from the perspective of a young boy who is filled with lust for his friend, Mangan’s, sister. He lives in a cheerless town on a street hosting simply complacent families who own brown faced houses that stare vacantly into one another. The boy temporarily detaches himself from this gloomy atmosphere and dwells on the keeper of his affection. Only when he journeys to a festival titled Araby, does he realize that his attempt at winning the heart of Mangan’s sister has been done in an act of vanity. Joyce takes advantage of literary elements such as diction and imagery to convey an at times dreary and foolishly optimistic tone.
Due to the way Dahl illustrates the uncertain and suspenseful mood , utilizes historical context surrounding British imperialism to develop the characters, and the repressing symbolism, which reveals the existence of racism within India, justifies that his use of style is essential. As the reader can see, Dahl’s use of uncertainty and suspense creates the mood. It leaves the reader compelled to read the story to the end. Along with that, the way the author developed the characters added a background. Finally, Dahl’s use of symbolism for each character gave the story a deeper meaning which reflects on how racism is still a thing. With having all of these
In fact, by attempting to glamourize suffering by portraying it superficially, writers may lose the connection with us that appreciates literature. Instead, what we are left with is an over extended attempt to glorify suffering, or hide it within a guise of reality that is too savage to be true. Instead of the appreciative feeling that reality imbues within me as a reader, I am left with a sense of disgust, confusion and dissatisfaction. This feeling almost overwhelmed me while reading Adiga’s “The White Tiger” and it tainted my experience with the book. Adiga had written the novel without any firsthand experience in the rural areas of India to which his main character referred to as the darkness. Instead, being of a higher class, his accounts were based on second or third hand experiences which do not adequately depict the lower class’ realities. I found the following depiction of India’s ghettos both farcically unrealistic and eventually
Salman Rushdie's "The Courter." is an example of a story that uses popular culture references to address the events and the feelings of characters of a particular time. In "The Courter" Rushdie uses references of culture from the early 1960's, such as pop-songs, television shows, and movies, that help readers understand and relate to the characters of his story. These references are also of a historical orientation and help direct the time frame of the story. The style that Rushdie uses for each reference help give "The Courter" its own individuality and clarify the true essence of the time.
In conclusion The irony shown in this book about corruption, oppression of the poor, reality of India vs. the images foreigners have of India help portray our understanding of this novel. The corruption shown in the book is the teacher stealing the student’s money and the school inspector getting a question that he asked wrong. The reality of India vs. the images foreigners have of India is shown in the book there was framing involved and no doctors in government hospitals. last but not least is the oppression of the poor is