What is the theme of Midnight's Children?

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In Salman Rushdie's story, Midnight's Children, there are several themes.

One of the main themes is identity. The main character of this story is Saleem Sinai who begins telling stories to Padma, and it is with the final tale that we see the conclusion of a long series of his life's tales that bring him to the present day. The purpose in this exercise is to find some sense of who he is. His life has been unusual: both interesting and tragic. He is one of Midnight's Children, an honor—along with his supernatural powers—but he has also seen loss, death and disappointment as well.  There is a feeling that he has found a personal sense of peace and satisfaction, in life's small things, by the story's end.