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There are broadly two views about how Salman Rushdie uses epic structure in Midnight’s Children (1981). The first is that he deliberately uses classic elements of the epic form to parody the genre....

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The title chosen by Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children, refers to the 1,001 children born within the hour after the stroke of midnight on the day of India’s independence, August 15, 1947, each...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018, 3:26 pm (UTC)

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In works of literature, magic realism refers to a combination of fantasy and reality: the insertion of magical, mythical elements into an otherwise realistic narrative. There are numerous examples...

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Narrated in first person in the voice of Saleem Sinai, Midnight's Children continuously alternates between the past and the present. Rushdie has employed this narrative technique to enable the...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2019, 2:46 pm (UTC)

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Midnight's Children is a novel in three books, with the action taking place over several decades. It is often called epic, and, while this is a word which can be used rather loosely to describe any...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2021, 3:18 pm (UTC)

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One of the themes of Midnight's Children is the mythologizing of historical narrative. As we read the story, we have no choice but to accept Saleem's account of this momentous chapter in Indian...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2018, 8:42 am (UTC)

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While there are many complex aspects to Midnight's Children, it is clear that Rushdie offers a Postcolonial narrative. Rushdie appropriates many elements of Postcolonialism in his work. The first...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2013, 11:13 am (UTC)

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I think in order to help one answer this question, an understanding of Romanticism is obvious. Once one understands the characteristics of Romanticism, he or she can apply them easily to any text....

Latest answer posted May 6, 2019, 10:46 pm (UTC)

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Salman Rushdie writes about real-world events blended with mysticism and magical happenings. In Midnight's Children, the protagonist embodies this ideal because he was born right at the time that...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2019, 1:45 am (UTC)

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I think that Rushdie's work fits several of the conditions of historiographic metafiction. On one hand, the construction of the narrative through Saleem's eyes makes him the center of the work....

Latest answer posted January 27, 2011, 6:52 pm (UTC)

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The style in which Rushdie presents his work helps to bring out its thematic development. I think that Rushdie's grasp of historiography is driven by the expressions of the subjective. Rushdie...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2011, 7:16 pm (UTC)

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Magical realism is a term that's used to describe literary works that mix fantastical and magical elements within an otherwise realistic tale. Such works also tend to treat these magical happenings...

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One purpose in writing Midnight's Children was to demonstrate the impossibility of a perfectly accurate retelling of history. When we normally think of "history," our mind drifts to an undisputed...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2016, 3:23 pm (UTC)

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I think that the answer to such a question is present in how both conditions are impermanent. The idea of a lack of absolutism in either is a source of liberation and a source of pain for the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010, 6:13 am (UTC)

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I think that some of the distinctive language featured in Rushdie's novel can center on how Saleem tells the story. His method of narration is unique because the language and context told to us is...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2011, 10:44 pm (UTC)

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In describing his grandfather's nose, Rushdie uses vivid imagery. This quote also is an example of simile and metaphor - "My grandfather's nose: nostrils flaring, curvaceous as dancers....

Latest answer posted December 12, 2007, 11:16 am (UTC)

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Identity is extremely important in interpreting Rushdie's Midnight's Children. One reason why identity is so important is because Midnight's Children explores a national and psychological...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2015, 2:02 pm (UTC)

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Rushdie grounds the novel in the moment of midnight at the moment of India's independence. Yet he takes this historical, factual moment and immediately plunges it into the mythic—the protagonist is...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020, 2:49 am (UTC)

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On some level the perforated sheet is a metaphorical representation of the cultural separation of men and women. The sheet serves as a barrier between men and women that is upheld as a tradition...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2012, 2:20 am (UTC)

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Salman Rusdie’s classic novel Midnight’s Children is a prime example of a postcolonial novel for a number of reasons. Chief among them is the fact that Rushdie addresses British imperialism and its...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016, 8:32 pm (UTC)

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Midnight's Children can be seen as a landmark in the history of the Indian novel in English for a couple of reasons. The first reason would be that Rushdie composes one of the most significant...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2013, 11:17 am (UTC)

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One of the most significant contributions of Midnight's Children to the Indian novel in English existed in how the novel critiqued both Indian and Colonial cultural expressions of the good. While...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2013, 6:21 pm (UTC)

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Sinani fills at least two distinct roles in "Midnight's Children."First, he represents India itself. Sinani is born at the very moment that India becomes a free nation. He has telepathic powers...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2011, 6:10 am (UTC)

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I think that many consider Rushdie's work to be an example of historical fiction. Being true to form about his own capacity as an artist, Rushdie might hold some views on the subject. If one...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2010, 4:10 am (UTC)

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You might like to consider the way in which language is used in this brilliant novel to stress the contrast between Saleem and Shiva, his mystical twin. One of the repeated expressions that is...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2012, 9:48 pm (UTC)

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One way in which the theme of revenge is evident in the story is how Shiva seeks control through violence. Already a bully, when Shiva becomes aware of the Midnight's Children Conference, he wants...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2013, 10:06 am (UTC)

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I am not sure if you are going to find an exact quotation about time. Part of the reason for this is because time is an exact quality and Saleem, though he might pretend to be otherwise, is not an...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2011, 5:05 pm (UTC)

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There is going to be much in way of specifics needed in answering the question. Simply put, I think that it is too broad of a question given the work. There are distinct social, economic, and...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2010, 4:48 am (UTC)

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It is clear that this novel, more than any other before it, was the first Indian novel written in English to gain the widespread attention of the English reading public. This was partly due to the...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2013, 6:50 am (UTC)

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One way in which Rushdie rewrites history is through Saleem as the narrator. Since so much of the past that Saleem relays is unclear, Saleem himself rewrites history. There are many instances in...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2013, 1:50 pm (UTC)

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I think that the post-colonial struggle for identity is what Saleem endures throughout the novel. In this light, there is much in way of post-colonialism in the work. Saleem is an interesting...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2011, 9:34 pm (UTC)

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Salman Rushdie’s seminal Man Booker Prize-winning novel Midnight’s Children is written as a first-person memoir from the perspective of Saleem Sinai, a man born at the exact moment that India...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016, 8:17 pm (UTC)

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Aadam Aziz originally hails from Kashmir, a province whose ownership is disputed over to this day by India and Pakistan. Aadam is a Muslim, just like most of the people who live in the province,...

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When examining a novel’s narrative technique, it is important to think about the key subjects the author conveys in the story. Narrative technique is essentially how the writer tells the story and...

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I would say that one of the most unique elements to Saleem's narration is that it is fragmented and not coherent. This is similar to the manner in which India was partitioned and what resulted...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2011, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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One justification present might simply be that Saleem Sinai is one of the few who actually lived through what India was to what India has become. He could be viewed as heroic because of his mere...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2010, 1:00 am (UTC)

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As with so much in Rushdie, Aadam is a richly flawed character. In order to illuminate the sense of fragmentation that is intrinsic to the subcontinent's history, Rushdie has to create many...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2015, 11:21 am (UTC)

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Midnight's Children is Salman Rushdie's second novel. The only thing he had written before it was Grimus, a macabre work of science fiction which has its roots in Persian poetry (specifically the...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019, 1:55 pm (UTC)

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Through Saleem Sinai, Rushdie is able to provide an excellent narrator who is able to convey the extreme level of challenge in trying to provide a coherent narrative to the modern Indian nation....

Latest answer posted February 24, 2010, 7:09 am (UTC)

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Salman Rushdie shows history as a burden that the people of India, especially those born at the time of independence, must bear. Among the positive aspects of the nation’s history is diversity,...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2019, 6:01 pm (UTC)

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The sense of magical realism presented in the novel is not one that operates in a fantastic and dazzling type of manner. Saleem's powers are unique and demonstrate a capacity for the traditional...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2009, 9:32 pm (UTC)

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The story is told in first person. First person narration makes you feel like you are there. It is a very personal narrative style, and it brings the reader much closer to the character. You...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2012, 4:48 am (UTC)

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The kind of truth that Salman Rushdie explores in the novel Midnight's Children is the truth that does not appear to be rational, or factual (not encyclopedia facts, at least), but which simply...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019, 8:25 pm (UTC)

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In all honesty, I am not sure I would consider him the anti hero. I think that Shiva plays this role much better in the novel. Perhaps, we could try to reconfigure Saleem as an atypical...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2010, 2:57 am (UTC)

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Rushdie employs magical realism in his development of the novel's hero, Saleem Sinai, and the characteristics of the other children born in India between midnight and 1 am on August 15th, 1947, the...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2018, 9:06 am (UTC)

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"At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom." —Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime minister of India Salman Rushdie's celebrated novel Midnight's...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019, 10:13 pm (UTC)

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I think that this is a fairly broad question. Accordingly, there are many ways to answer it. On one hand, I would suggest that one of Saleem's expectations would be to unify the children of...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2010, 9:20 am (UTC)

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Rushdie is able to challenge the supposed impartiality of history by displaying it as a collection of narratives rooted in power- based constructs. One of the most powerful elements in Rushdie's...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2011, 7:45 am (UTC)

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Saleem's parents have blood types A and O. Genetically Saleem should be one of those two blood types. He is neither, which proves that is not their biological son. Mary, much later, confesses to...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2015, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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Rushdie's construction of fragmented political identity and personal identity in the novel is one that exists outside the role of Hindu gods. Like most religion featured in the book, Hinduism is...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2013, 11:56 am (UTC)

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