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Vasu's Influence upon Nataraj's Development (R.K. Narayan's The Man-Eater of Malgudi)

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Maegan Allen Professor Jessica Graves English 1013A October 26, 2005 Vasu's Influence upon Nataraj's Development R.K. Narayan's The Man-Eater of Malgudi is told in a creatively comical style, conceiving impressive characters and circumstances. The novel deals with the adaptation of society as it encounters the imposition of change, which is best illustrated among the actions of the two main characters, Nataraj and Vasu. Throughout the narrative Nataraj becomes easily influenced by the actions of Vasu and yields to many changes and developments in his own character. Before Vasu's tenancy in Malgudi, the town and its inhabitants maintained a conservative and welcoming environment. Nataraj was a simple printer with a close set of friends and frequent visitors. However, with the entrance of Vasu, the eccentric antagonist, things began to get complicated. ...read more.


Perhaps it is Nataraj's interest in the newcomer that altered his actions so quickly. Even though Nataraj was discontent with the actions of Vasu he accommodated his needs. The next notable change in Nataraj's character was his lack of concern to intervene in the conflicting actions of Vasu, which were harmful to his reputation. "I left everyone alone. If they wrangled and lost their heads and voices, it was their business and not mine. Even if heads had been broken, I don't think I'd have interfered. I had resigned myself to anything. If had cared for a peaceful existence, I should have rejected Vasu on the first day" (27). Nataraj wished to avoid confrontation with Vasu, so he simply carried on with his business. Consequently Nataraj's inaction develops further throughout the novel and led to his brief downfall. ...read more.


Nataraj also detained some of Vasu's dominance, which he imposed upon Sastri when he challenged Nataraj concerning his inaction in regards to Vasu's behavior. Sastri was troubled because he recognized that it was affecting the reputation of the press. "I stood beside him without a word except to sound bossy" (80). Identical to Vasu, Nataraj attempts to dominate the situation and make himself feel superior to Sastri. Nataraj was initially captured by an interest in Vasu because he was distinctive and from a different culture than his own. However, in becoming intimidated by Vasu it became hopeless for Nataraj to stand up to him. However, perhaps Vasu's sense of empowerment allowed Nataraj to develop the audacity to end Vasu's power over him and Malgudi. Although it is fictional, the novel accurately deals with the adaptation of society as it encounters the impositions of change. ...read more.

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