Ordinary Men Character Analysis

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Willie understands his family history, roots, culture, and heritage from his father’s story. However, he could not admit that his second name is baptized after the famous English writer Somerset Maugham, who toured Willie’s town in the years before Independence . Willie thus possesses only half a name. The novel seems to bring to light Wilie’s father’s wish that his son should imitate the whites, since he bestowed him half of a white man’s name. Willie can apparently see the gap between the colonial’s imitation of the colonizer and his longing to search his identity in a chaotic world. He is aware of the cryptic nature of his mimicry. However, he becomes a “mimic man,” the person, how people expect him to be, just like Ralph Singh in The Mimic
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