• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Use of Characterization in Miguel Street

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Use of Characterization in Miguel Street Author's Background Information The author's Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, commonly known as V.S Naipaul was born in Trinidad, on 17th of August 1932. His family descended from immigrants from north of India. His grandfather worked in a sugar cane plantation and his father was a journalist and a writer. He was educated at Queen's Royal College and after winning a government scholarship, he went on to study in England at University College in Oxford from where he achieved his Bachelor of Arts degree. Apart from a few years in the middle of 1950s when he was employed by BBC as a free-lance journalist, he has devoted himself entirely to his writing. His works consist mainly of novels and short-stories, but some are also documentaries. In the beginning he found himself rootless, as he felt alienated from his background but he found his voice as a writer in the mid 1950s, when he started to examine his own Trinidadian background. Most of his novels revolve around the Trinidadian society and Miguel Street is one of them which came out in 1959. Miguel Street has been classified as a group of short stories, as a series of sketches and as a novel. It is considered as a novel because of the fact that it is unified by a single narrator and by several patterns and themes. ...read more.

Middle

Bogart Bogart is the first character that the readers are introduced to. He has no identity and it is ironic how his mysteriousness is accepted unquestioningly by the people of Miguel Street. No one really knows about Bogart, not even his real name. He was first named Patience just because he plays a card's game called Patience all day and then he is given the name 'Bogart' because of his resemblance to an actor in a movie called 'Casablanca'. He comes to Miguel Street from somewhere and becomes the most popular man in the street at one point as the narrator boy says on page 11 "He was at one time quite the most popular man in the street". Bogart creates a fake identity of himself in Miguel Street and never tells anyone about his real story, about his problem or conflict that he is facing. In fact he goes way out of his real life into fantasy which is apparent when he explains where he had disappeared to, on page 14 "He had got a job on a ship and had gone to British Guiana. There he had deserted, and gone into the interior. He became a cowboy on the Rupununi, smuggled things into Brazil, and had gathered some girls from Brazil and taken them to Goergetown. ...read more.

Conclusion

He even paints his house a bright green and red as though to express his new-found character. Eventually, his wife returns, takes up her old employment and Popo reverts to the old life of making the thing without a name. However he is arrested and jailed for three years for stealing the furniture and the paint. So the reader and the other characters in Miguel Street get to see the real character of Popo. Everyone finds out that he is not a carpenter at all which is apparent as he stole all the furniture which he claimed to have made it himself. It is also apparent that he is not a carpenter and he was just calling himself a carpenter to enjoy the status of a working man. As you see when the narrator boy makes the sign board for Popo, on page 18 the narrator boy says "At first he wanted to announce himself as an architect; but I managed to dissuade him. He wasn't sure about the spelling. The finished sign said: BUILDER AND CONTRACTOR CARPERNTER AND CABINET-MAKER" "Popo liked standing up in front of the sign. But he had a little panic when people who didn't know about him came to inquire" He would simply say "The carpenter fellow? He doesn't live here again". That is how he is seen until his conflict comes up. ?? ?? ?? ?? How V.S Naipaul has used to reveal its characters and characterization ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Misc section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Misc essays

  1. Analyze the film Blade Runner, discuss the narrative techniques, representations, use of stereotypes and ...

    While everyone else lives in squalor, he lives in a palace and is extremely confidant. You can tell this from his first seen with Deckard and Racheal. He stares strait into Deckard's eyes as he talks to him, with a thoughtful but menacing smile, almost as if he is enjoying playing with him.

  2. ITGS portfolio Loss of employment and privacy issues regarding the rise of online grocery ...

    several ambitious online grocery programs, indicating that Americans may not yet be ready to relinquish their shopping carts and baskets in favor of home convenience. Trends seem to be leading towards local companies offering delivery service that can be ordered online, hearkening back to the "good old days" of the milkman and the grocery man.

  1. To what Extent Does Government Know What is Best for its Subjects? (Stimulus: Antigone)

    Liberty is pernicious in the sense that it undermines the ultimate authority of government. The freedom to speak against the Theban government, or even to actively defy Creon's laws (as Antigone does when she buries Polynices) would suggest that authority is arbitrary, for it would demonstrate that it can be justifiably defied.

  2. Information Technology in a Global Society - Is integrity a difficulty when students use ...

    02 Dec. 2010. <http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/instant_mentor/weir22>. News Article: Does Wikipedia Suck? March 26, 2010 By Rob Weir Keep your ears open and I'm sure you'll hear this rant. Some member of the division - probably one of the more tradition-bound ones - will announce loudly that he or she forbids students to use Wikipedia or any other Web sources.

  1. Communicating with children

    sitting down at a slight angle to each other, so that they are at the same level and not completely face to face. For example both on a mat, or one on a bench and one on a stool. D1 Being a good communicator means being able to appreciate both verbal and non-verbal communication.

  2. Social Restraints and the Effects Upon Leonce Pontellier, Madame Reisz, and Adele Ratignolle in ...

    Madame Reisz is the essential free spirit, heeding nothing but her own desires and self-imposed tenets of living. Ad´┐Żle Ratignolle, on the other hand, is unhampered by society only due to her mindset. She, unlike Edna and Madame Reisz, has not "awakened" and conforms perfectly with society's expectations as the most preeminent of the "motherwomen...

  1. GCSE Welsh Baccalaureate Completed Diary Pages

    It also provides evidence to future employers that we have the necessary experience to perform a job over other potential candidates. Element 1: Working with an Employer State the name of the employer where you spent your 30 hour placement?

  2. Can the work of architect Le Corbusier be explored in the context of the ...

    Research: The research aspect of the DCM is that the designer identifies places that they will obtain their information and inspiration from. The Design Technology syllabus states ?A variety of sources for collection of suitable data should be identified and priorities made clear? (International Baccalaureate Organization 2007, p.25).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work