Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' At The Auction Of The Ruby Slippers '

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Salman Rushdie’s short story, “At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers”, follows an unnamed narrator as he attempts to bid for a pair of red shoes from the classic film, The Wizard of Oz. The reader experiences the narrator’s internal commentary about the other people at the auction and his society in general. While there are multiple ways of analyzing Rushdie’s story, when set in a world in which “everything is for sale” (Rushdie 98), there is perhaps an immediate response to analyze “At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers” using Marxist literary theory. Marxist literary theory would analyze how a text portrays money, power relations, and class struggles. However, in carefully observing the story, it is evident that while wealth and money plays an important role in the short story, they do not do so on a level that would allow a Marxist literary theory to analyze the story in a way that would allow an understanding of Rushdie’s intentions. Postmodern literary theory, which focuses on things such as absurdity and a lack of metanarratives, would allow for a more successful analysis of Rushdie’s short story. While Salman Rushdie’s “At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers” does have Marxist undertones, a deeper meaning to the text reveals itself when analyzing the text with postmodern literary theory. The primary focus of the story is the elusive ruby slippers, a piece of film memorabilia, that the people at the auction idolize even to the point of deification. When describing some of…

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