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Miguel Street

Miguel Street is a fictional work by author V. S. Naipaul. The book consists of seventeen short stories that portray the lives of characters who live on Miguel Street. The narrator, an unnamed,...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018 2:44 pm UTC

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Bogart is certainly a strange character. Rather than embrace his own personality and skills, Bogart attempts to personify cultural icon Humphrey Bogart. Bogart seeks to impress the other men on the...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019 6:08 pm UTC

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Popo is another interesting character profiled in Naipaul’s coming-of-age story set in Trinidad and Tobago. As the author explores Popo’s character, the reader learns that respect is earned on...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016 10:43 am UTC

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In the book, the narrator found Laura interesting because her maternal instincts never seemed to wane despite having had eight children with seven different men. He marveled at Laura's sense of...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016 4:20 pm UTC

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In the book, both Man-man and Bogart are similar in that they are both loners. Bogart, for his part, never confides in his neighbors. None of his acquaintances can imagine him entertaining familial...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016 7:24 pm UTC

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The stories told about the various characters we meet in Miguel Street have recurrent themes of aspiration, defeat, and the desire for escape. These can be seen as overarching themes that tie the...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2020 8:36 pm UTC

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Some have argued that this novel can hardly be called a novel at all - rather a collection of short stories. However others argue that this work can be considered a novel because it is unified by a...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2009 12:04 am UTC

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Bogart is arrested for bigamy or having two wives. This is an example of a man vs society conflict in two ways: Bogart feels the pressure to father a child because of cultural beliefs about...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 3:12 pm UTC

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The narrator of Miguel Street meets Titus Hoyt the day that Elias sat for the Cambridge Senior School Certificate examination. Elias had been studying at the school begun and operated by Titus...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2015 12:25 am UTC

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Bogart and Mr. Popo are similar in that they are local businessmen who never seem to do much work. Bogart is supposed to be a tailor, but there's not much evidence that he gets any work done. Too...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2021 12:41 pm UTC

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Hat is a good leader initially because he is a sort of father figure to those living on Miguel Street. He is not only very amiable as a person but also a role model (at least in the beginning) to...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2015 6:12 pm UTC

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Miguel Street

In V. S. Naipaul's Miguel Street, the men are far from traditional depictions of masculinity. They have little or no agency, drifting aimlessly into boredom or even insanity. In the first story,...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2020 1:00 pm UTC

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In the chapter The Thing Without a Name, Popo goes to jail for stealing furniture, paints, and brushes. He had apparently appropriated the materials to fix up the house for his wife's return....

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016 8:11 pm UTC

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People in Miguel Street had always thought that Man-man was a tad eccentric, a man of decidedly odd habits. And with good reason, too. For this is a man who does strange things like breaking into a...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2021 11:46 am UTC

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Although not his strongest example of post-colonial literature, V. S. Naipaul's Miguel Street would certainly qualify. The novel is a semi-autobiographical account of Naipaul's young adulthood in...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2010 5:59 am UTC

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According to Miguel Street's warped value system, women are expected to be weak and submissive, while their menfolk drink and engage in petty criminal activities. Popo and Emelda's marriage...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020 9:11 am UTC

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Miguel Street

Miguel Street is a novel by V.S. Naipaul. It is considered to be semi-autobiographical, which means there are parts of it that Naipaul took from his own experience. This book takes place in Port...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2010 8:53 pm UTC

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Miguel Street

V. S. Naipaul’s work Miguel Street is usually classified as a novel, although the eNotes study guide about this text begins with a paragraph that explains why there might be some potential...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2011 7:53 am UTC

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In chapter 3, "The Coward," the narrator says that everybody on Miguel Street was afraid of Big Foot because not only was he "really big and really black," he also "looked dangerous." He hardly...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 11:50 pm UTC

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Most people in Miguel Street have always regarded Man-man as more than a little eccentric, if not actually mad. Even by the standards of the neighborhood, he's a colorful character, a man who...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2021 11:57 am UTC

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Popo appears as the main character in the story "The Thing Without a Name." Popo is a local carpenter who, the narrator says, never seems to finish anything. He even only half-builds a galvanized...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020 11:10 am UTC

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In some respects, Hat unifies all the disparate stories that make up V. S. Naipaul's Miguel Street. He can do this because he is very much the living embodiment of the street's collective memory....

Latest answer posted November 20, 2020 1:15 pm UTC

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Almost everything about Bogart is put on, from his name—taken from the Hollywood movie star Humphrey Bogart—to his gangster persona. Bogart thinks that by spinning the other men who live on Miguel...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2020 7:09 am UTC

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In chapter 3, the narrator visits Popo in his homemade, rickety iron workshop. He asks Popo to give him something to make, not because he really wants to make something, but because he enjoys...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2021 11:10 am UTC

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Man-man is what can generously be described as a local character, a colorful eccentric who makes life on Miguel Street just that little bit more interesting. Everyone on Miguel Street is of the...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021 9:42 am UTC

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While many would agree with the statement offered, it seems to be a bit of a stinging indictment against Naipaul. There is little doubt that Naipaul reflects the complex and tormenting...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2009 11:30 pm UTC

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We are told that Bogart has made many friends—indeed, that he was, at one time, the most popular man on Miguel Street. Bogart's remarkable capacity for attracting friends is a source of mystery to...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2021 11:20 am UTC

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In the fifth story in Miguel Street, Man-man is a homeless man living on Miguel Street in Port of Spain in Trinidad. Although most people consider Man-man to be mad, the narrator says he isn't so...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2021 10:17 am UTC

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In V.S. Naipaul's Miguel Street , George was as scary as "bigfoot" in the eyes of the young narrator. There were several reasons why. First, George left the door open for speculation because, in...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2021 2:18 am UTC

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George is one of a series of protagonists in the stories collected in V.S. Naipaul's Miguel Street. He appears in the book's third chapter, which details George's personality, physique, and...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2021 11:15 pm UTC

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Though George may not be one of the gang in Miguel Street, he routinely displays the same retrograde attitude toward women shared by most of the men in this neck of the woods. By all accounts, he...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2021 8:07 am UTC

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In V. S. Naipaul's Miguel Street, Popo is introduced in chapter 2, titled "The Thing Without A Name." We learn that he is a married man but has no children. His wife, a motherly, hard-working...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2021 12:07 am UTC

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Even by the standards of Miguel Street, Man-Man is one of the neighborhood's most colorful characters. Generally regarded as mad, he is someone that people tend to avoid if at all possible. When...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2021 6:45 am UTC

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Morgan is a pyromaniac, a man who likes setting off fireworks. Even by the colorful standards of Miguel Street, he's something of a character. The resident neighborhood clown, Morgan is a rich...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2021 7:32 am UTC

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