Theme Of Colonialism In The Midnight's Children

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Through the prescribed framework of magic realism, the novel allows its multitude of characters, belonging to diverse cultural backgrounds, to appraise and originate their own versions of Indian history, thus subverting British colonial versions of history. Magic realism becomes obligatory to communicate the postcoloniality of India, and within its framework, the novel explores and presents a postcolonial history of its own. The cultural and social hybridity, along with the historical hybridity present within the novel allows the text to exemplify the major themes of the novel and postcoloniality itself: the formation and telling of history, self, and narratives. The novel effectively and noticeably depicts the problems of postcoloniality and…show more content…
Not only are these children obligatory for India’s new future, but they remain a “mirror” for India’s future, illuminating the strengths and weaknesses of an independent India. The Midnight’s Children therefore symbolize the multiplicity and miscellany within postcolonial India.
Rushdie assumes magic realism as an efficient tool to resolve the problems of post colonialism. So, by linking and combining historical events, mythological stories and fictional narratives, Rushdie tries to generate and convey a true picture of Indian post colonialism while the colonizers considered India and Indians as a colossal place and people, the novel illustrates India’s multiplicity and diversity, in an effort to overturn the colonial representation of India. Midnight's Children is therefore an attempt to evoke India. All these attempts would have been impossible without the insertion of magic realism.
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