They Are Staring At Me And My Aunt Gold Teeth By Vidia Naipaul

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There are many aspects of Indian life: the people, the technology, the culture. The list is forever evolving and increasing. In the stories “They Are Staring At Me” and “My Aunt Gold Teeth”, Vidia Naipaul introduces similar aspects of Indian life through first-person and third-person viewpoints while revolving around religious themes and ideas. In “They Are Staring At Me”, the reader is engaged by the viewpoint of the protagonist when he encounters a Sikh who displays immense amounts of anger and criticism towards Indians and other Sikhs. In “My Aunt Gold Teeth”, the reader experiences Gold Teeth's religious inspirations and conflicts through the viewpoint of her nephew. Considering these similarities, Naipaul contrasts the third-person viewpoint, the meaning of religion, and the characteristics of wealth between the stories to express different aspects of Indian life. In both stories, Naipaul uses third-person viewpoints; however, each story has a different third-person perspective. Throughout “They Are Staring At Me”, Naipaul engages the reader mainly through first-person. But when describing certain events of the story, the viewpoint briefly changes to a third-person limited viewpoint. Towards the beginning of the story, the protagonist describes the Sikh as “very big; his gestures were large; he required much room. His beard was unusually thin, and his black turban, tight and low, looked like a beret.” Other times in the story, the protagonist describes the emotions

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