Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' The Course Of The English Patient '

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In the course of The English Patient, the sapper, Kip, travels through several scenes and transitions as a person who alternatively becomes detached and connected -- mirrored always by the imagery of explosions and wires. Despite his job as a minesweeper, where he has to be detached by necessity, and the fact that he sleeps in a tent away from the other inhabitants of the villa, Kip eventually becomes physically involved with Hana. But later, after the explosion of the bomb at Hiroshima, he realizes that he does not belong to the society he has been serving and withdraws again. Various explosions continuously accompany his wishes to disengage and to reconnect.

Prior to his arrival in Italy, a key scene illustrates that Kip’s job as a minesweeper is very solitary as it requires him to be alone in order to concentrate properly. It is symbolic that, even though he is helping humanity, he needs to be alone most of the time. When Lord Suffolk, his mentor, dies, Kip is called on to defuse a new kind of bomb and rejects getting help from Lieutenant Blackler. Kip “[wants] to do this alone,” because he knows that “when two men [work] together there [has] to be a base of logic. You [have] to share and compromise decisions,” (Ondaatje, 191). Not only is it illogical to have one of the last members of Suffolk’s team come and help defuse the bomb, but the main reason Kip rejects Blackler’s help is because he doesn’t want to have to worry about someone else telling him what to do. Kip…

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