The Prophet Of Small Things By Jhumpa Lahiri

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The four texts “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini and “The Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai all share the theme of a struggle for identity either though geographic, political or cultural displacement. Both “The Namesake” and “The God of Small Things” are examples of post-colonial literature. Through their themes and settings, they both show the repercussions of post-colonialism, cultural shift, suppression, migration and fragmentation. Whilst the perspective of the two novels is different - on from within India, and one outside India - they both capture the troubles of indigenous and non-indigenous people and how they exist either willingly or reluctantly, with a fragmented identity. The question of identity is pivotal to the children in both novels. The children in both novels diverge in a multitude of ways such as their upbringing, education, family, culture, society, and language. With all these differences though, they join at one particular point which is the questioning of their identity. In “The God of Small Things,” Estha and Rahel are indistinct Hindu/Christian hybrids without their surname. In ‘The Namesake’ Gogol feels alienated by his name, because it is neither Indian nor American but Russian. In both novels, the children experience a crisis of identity and alienation. In “The God of Small Things” the children are unaware of the importance of their names but in “The Namesake”

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