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What are the views and values conveyed by the author in The Village by the sea? Support your answer with close reference to the text.

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What are the views and values conveyed by the author in The Village by the sea? Support your answer with close reference to the text. There are views and values of general and personalized opinions by Anita Desai being portrayed in this novel. The ones that will be emphasized on in this essay are the ones considered to be the main ones such as her views on family life and how it is more important and powerful than anything else in contributing to a child's life. In addition to this, her views on modernization/industrialization and the ways in which she both supports and opposes it and the ways it will affect the ways of living in Thul. In the beginning of the text, a young boy at the age of twelve, named Hari is introduced. He is a boy with lack of education due to how he has to take care of his family as his mother is ill with a disease they cannot afford to treat whilst their father sleeps all day and goes to get intoxicated with alcohol at night. However, with a high held spirit he sends his younger siblings to school each morning and heads off to work to make the little money that barely supports the family. ...read more.


What Desai is conveying here is again Hari's determination to be the man of the family, to be able to 'wonder' and hope for a different lifestyle. "The boys in the village say a factory is to built in Thul and everyone will get jobs there. Perhaps I will get one too." This quote underlines Hari's determination in which he tries to be the man of the house, to take care of his family, as his father is unable to do so. To be quite honest, the life they are living, in the settings they are placed in is not perfect. They suffer from poverty and are stuck in the slums. This has been the motivation for the young boy Hari to dream of a better life, not only for him but also for his family. He actually cares for others than himself, even when his life is shown to be far from great he still preserves his positive attitude towards life and its outcome and gets on with his life in a matter that everyone could learn of. Desai shows that one does not need wealth or any other possessions other than a good heart to pursue one's dreams. ...read more.


What Desai is trying to convey here, are the stages of emotions that people go through when changes appear to come and 'disrupt' their quiet small-town village lives, mainly due to them being unaware of the outside world and therefore have nothing but a lack of knowledge concerning the matter. Anita Desai brings out these views, to portray her values of the consideration that to others living a 'lesser' life, a sudden change seen to be a minority to large firms may have a totally different impact on them, as they seem to go through stages of 'not knowing' and mystification. In conclusion, I hereby regard the novel as being a relevant novel to everyday life, but also a wake up call for many people around the world. What Anita Desai has achieved in this novel is the ways that she is able to illustrate common themes in the world today, but in a simpler, more approachable form for us to take into consideration. She does this by using characterization of simple villagers, who aren't afraid to take chances, and are not skeptical in ways that others, perhaps of the more wealthy generation would be in such cases. Essay written by Nikolas B. Hansen ...read more.

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