The Characterizations on the English Patient

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In Michael Ondaatje’s "The English Patient," is set before World War II, critically illustrates four dissimilar characters who meet together at the Villa San Girolamo, an Italian monastery. Simultaneously, there is a groundbreaking love story happened among those four characters under that time frames. Those four main people are included, a burned Englishman Ladislaus de Almasy, a twenty-year old French-Canadian Army nurse Hana, a Sikh British Army sapper Kip, and Canadian thief David Caravaggio. However, the burned English man, was called “The English Patient,” who is being taken care by Hana in an abandoned Italian monastery. Then, there are two more characters, David Caravaggio, Kip, both come meet together at the villa. …show more content…
When he is asked by Hana about his name, he neither answers, nor refuses Hana’s assumption. When interrogated by Caravaggio about his work as a cartographer and a spy at the beginning of the war, the patient also does not response except the repeated babbling. When admiring the scene of the desert and the exotic names of the places in Africa, he declares, “I didn’t want my name against such beautiful names. Erase my family name! Erase nations. I was taught such things by the desert” (139). His hunger for the erasure of name which reflect the hate of ownership of the desert is the rejection of homogeneity. Obviously, his desire of discarding the map and refusing to name the desert appears form his conversations with Caravaggio. As author says, “We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, we are communal histories, communal books …. All I desired was to walk upon such an earth that had no maps.” (261) It is a strange wish for a mapmaker to live on an earth that had no maps. The cartography is the really true form of labeling to Almasy, who is against labeling others. This labeling states the process of labeling which affects the way people think of others. The English patient seems to transcend time, place, and ethnic origin. He becomes a synonym for absence or anonymity since he has no defining substance of his own, no containing or delimiting skin. The
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