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Comment on the narrative technique of Midnight's Children (450 Words)

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Posted August 28, 2010 at 8:20 PM via web

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Comment on the narrative technique of Midnight's Children (450 Words)

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 29, 2010 at 7:27 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the most striking elements of the narration technique in Rushdie's work is its subjectivity.  On face value, the reader can mistakenly presume that they are reading a history text.  Saleem's narration of Indian independence, the events that preceded it, and the ones that follow give the feel of some type of historical narrative being presented.  Yet, the mistakes in his narration, the errors present, end up demonstrating that the narrative given is not one of history, but one of psychology.  Through Rushdie's effective use of "errata narration," he proves a central tenet of all history in that there is no such concept as totalizing and perfect truth.  All history is biased, based on one's own perceptions and experiences.  The psychology of an individual contributes to the psychology of a nation that we call "history."  In this light, Rushdie's technique feeds a larger theme present in the work.

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