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    Extended Essay Topic Question: How does Salman Rushdie use magical realism in order to explore the links between India and his childhood in the book Midnight’s Children? Abstract Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is an intricately intractable attempt at capturing the erratic parallel life of the protagonist, Saleem and the political rise and fall of India. The question I aim to answer is: How does Salman Rushdie use magical realism in order to explore the links between India and his childhood in the book Midnight’s Children?. This book has been the basis of a lot of debate and critical analysis due to its often controversial subjects and the style of writing used by Rushdie. In parts, it can get hard to read due to the fragmented nature of the narrative - this was the greatest criticism from readers. The reason I have chosen this book is because the author is one of the most well known in this particular genre. Intro When Rushdie released this book, he could not have predicted its success. It became an international sensation after winning the Booker of Bookers prize, due to its subject multiplicity and often exceedingly…

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    Are stories even more than what we know; just a fairytale that has no meaning? In the beginning of Salman Rushdie’s novel, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, a question arises from the character of Mr. Sengupta, “What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?” (Rushdie 20). Throughout the story, there are many thoughts in which we can find the answer to this question. Many people may say that there is no use for stories that aren’t real in reason of they do not help us in our daily lives. What…

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    Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born British writer who has experienced movement from his home to a new place. Rushdie expresses the benefits of migration and how it helps create “hybridity” in a place. Russell Sanders analyzes Rushdie’s essay and has a different opinion. In response to Rushdie’s belief about migration, Sanders’s Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World essay, contradicts the opinion of Rushdie’s essay that migration is bad. Through Sanders’s quotes and information he uses in…

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    return home to find that his or her previous struggles had been fixed. For example, after travelling to Kahani, Haroun returns home to find that his once unhappy city finally got their happy ending. This novel shows that all stories are inherently connected; they all spring from other cultures. Rushdie attempts to reinvent the genre by incorporating both European and English storytelling traditions on equal playing fields. He shows how both are interdependent and intertwined (Teverson 161). The…

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    The dominance of English language in Indian writing is but an obvious result of British presence in India. The hegemonic governance of British company over India for almost two-hundred years brought English language as most dominating language amongst all the vernacular languages. The 1980s period is recounted as the period of renaissance in Indian writing in English. The recent past years had brought recognition to India and Indian Novelists at the global ground. Salman Rushdie is a pioneer in…

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    “In the South” written by Salman Rushdie, is a short story about two very normal and similar old men living two normal and similar lives. Senior and Junior had very different backgrounds growing up, yet they somehow ended up in the same place together during their old age. Their lives together were very ordinary, but one day all that changes when the younger of the two men, Junior, falls and dies. The story illustrates the possibility of chance through irony as well as multiple foreshadowing and…

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    Feminity In Persepolis

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    Innocence and Feminity in Salman Rushdie’s, East, West and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis In Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi shows the struggles from childhood while growing up in Iran to the subsequent encounters in Europe. Salman Rushdie’s “East, West” on the other hand uses fiction and reality and blends the two in its most controversial perspective. Despite the difference in style and writing language, the two books are documented in certain themes with complementing ideologies. The main objective…

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    After strict moral standards established many years ago appeared to have failed, and science had proven that it could not prove the origin of the universe, a new philosophical and artistic expression moved in to fill the void of the Modernist Movement. The Postmodern Movement was born out of a lack of faith in society and the established way of life as a whole, and embraced the philosophy of meaninglessness and a rejection of the transcendental meta-narrative. This move has been fully expressed…

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    Vikram Seth Analysis

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    cultural ethos. One can say that Seth draws his experiences from multiple locations. Anita Desai in a Review, Sitting Pretty, (1993) pertinently comments: Seth belongs to the generation of practitioners of Indian Writing in English, born after Independence who has attracted attention in India and abroad and even made the reading and writing of novels a respectable pursuit. (Anita Desai 26) Due to the diversity of his themes, forms and genres, the literary world wants to study him. Thus,…

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    I. INTRODUCTION In Indo-English Fiction, the foundation was established by the great Indian Novelists Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan and Raja Rao and others who were followed by the younger generation of novelists like G. V. Desani, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie, Khushwant Singh, Arun Joshi and so on. As it is evident that in twentieth century man belongs to “Lost Generation”, so consequently some Indo-English Novelists have persistently dealt with the question of the search of the individual for…

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