The Flag On The Island Essay

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binary oppositions in V.S. Naipaul’s short story ‘The Flag on the Island’. This aim is achieved via using Derrida’s deconstruction and Bhabha’s definition of these terms. Considering culture as a means of domination to get possession of control over the instruments of ‘collective self-definition’ is considered as a very significant policy in the political and cultural conflict for emancipation. This article focuses on a tension between recently autonomous nation and former colonial beliefs which results in binarism between modern and traditional values that led to the denigration of non-Western cultures. Therefore, the writer attempts to show how the characters of this story make effort to abolish this idea and retrieve the local and native traditions that were destructed during colonialism. This study concentrates on all characters and examines their contradictions and their effort for consistency that can be discussed through a deconstructive analysis.
Key words: Mimicry, Colonialism, Post-colonialism, Binary opposition, Culture.


The Flag on the Island is one of the creative works of V.S. Naipaul which originates from his experience from his own birthplace and challenges the concepts of ‘Self and Other’ that have been constructed during the colonialism. This story was written at the beginning of postcolonial period when the Trinidad society was transferring from a colonial to a postcolonial society. Subsequently, people were concerned with the
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