The Skin Of A Lion By Michael Ondaatje

1069 WordsDec 6, 20165 Pages
The theme gives a general idea of what the novel mainly tells the readers. Although this novel has many themes, specific ones become more significant and mean the same thing as the elements of literature progress throughout this novel. In Michael Ondaatje’s “In the Skin of a Lion,” major themes were revealed and developed through the novel’s setting. The theme of rich versus poor, the theme of dreams versus reality, and the lack of language are important factors that enhance the novel. The idea of dreams versus reality occurs throughout the novel in Depot Creek. It is first seen in the beginning of the novel when Patrick explains his dream to his father while pulling the cow out of the ice. "[Patrick] imagines himself through the winter until he is a white midsummer shadow beside his father" (14). The dream is told in a way that mixes its imagery with reality, so readers are not sure what is real and what is a dream. This mixture of reality and dreams recur throughout the novel. It seems as if the beginning of the novel defines this theme mainly for the purpose of illustrating Patrick 's childhood. The idea of poor versus rich is expressed throughout the novel very effectively in the Bloor Street Viaduct. One of the nuns is blown into mid-air at the Bloor Street Viaduct. Nicolas, who is seen as a poor immigrant, hangs in mid-air with the nun and they have to swing until they reach the lower-deck level of the bridge (31-32). This shows an impact on the theme because
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