V. S. Naipaul World Literature Analysis - Essay

V. S. Naipaul World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Although his works vary widely in subject, in form, and in tone, Naipaul’s primary interest throughout his literary career has been the relationship of the individual to society. He is unlike such twentieth century authors as Eudora Welty of Mississippi or R. K. Narayan of India, who wrote about the traditional societies in which they were reared. Naipaul does not deal with a static society, whose rules an individual must accept or defy, but with multicultural societies in which the various cultures themselves are changing because of the breakdown of old traditions, old beliefs, or the old, often colonial, governments that gave them stability.

Even a relatively peaceful society, such as that described in Naipaul’s...

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