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In this presentation I will be looking at how paranoia and loss of rationality, which led to the suffering and displacement of the common people, is portrayed in the short stories by Saadat Manto. I will be focusing on The Dog of Titwal although these themes are also brought out in Colder Than Ice and Toba Tek Singh. In Colder Than Ice Manto shows paranoia through Ishwar Singh's violent and sadistic behaviour towards Kulwant Kaur, and in Toba Tek Singh this same state of mind is brought out by the behaviour of the inmates of the lunatic asylum who ironically show greater rational judgement than the supposedly sane politicians who decided to divide the area. In The Dog of Titwal however Manto uses a combination of irony, imagery and symbolism to depict this state of mind.
The use of imagery during the opening lines of the story serve to contrast between what life was like in the Indian Sub-continent before partition and how it all drastically changed as a result of partition. The surroundings described by Manto start off "pleasant" " with a scent of flowers and nature" a place with a languorous and peaceful atmosphere. The
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