The Prophet's Hair by Salman Rushdie

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THE PROPHET’S HAIR
By
SALMAN RUSHDIE
(Summary/Analysis/Critique of a third world short story)

BY: ABDUL BASITH 00002172 course: ENG220 | 70B professor: dr. SAMANTHA KULATHILAKE date: JUNE 21, 2012
CONTENTS
1. Introduction ………………………………………………………………………

2. Summary …………………………………………………………………………...

3. Analysis ……………………………………………………………………………. * Plot * Character * Setting * Point of view * Symbolism * Theme * Style * Tone * Irony * Post-Colonial perspective

4. Critique ……………………………………………………………………………..

5. Conclusion ………………………………………………………………………….

6. Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………

INTRODUCTION
The Prophet’s Hair is a Magical Realistic short story by the famed writer Salman Rushdie.
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With all these questions in the head the reader is taken into a journey where those questions will be answered. The seventh paragraph employs the technique of flashback revealing incidents that lead Huma and Atta to this stage. Flashbacks are stories within a story and they tell about a characters memory of something that happened in the past. Thus within the flashback the exposition is put to play propitiously. The exposition is the part of a story that introduces the theme, setting, characters, and circumstances of the story. The flashback here acts as the exposition. The exposition creates a solid and reality like situation as the characters and settings have been exploited effectively.
Within the exposition the details of the conflict is revealed and clearly explained. The protagonist Hashim faces an internal man versus himself conflict. He is faced with an internal dilemma and he makes his choices and justifies it himself. For instance the following verse is clearly is an example of it, “… the Prophet would have disapproved mightily of this relic-worship. … I see it purely as a secular object of great rarity and blinding beauty.” Here we understand the reasons behind the actions of Atta and Huma.
Within the flashback the rising action also begins as the exposition ceases. The rising action is usually the events between the exposition and climax. The rising action begins when Hashim’s character dynamically changes, which acts as the catalyst
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