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Rushdie wrote his novel East, West based on the cultural similarities and difference and the relationship between east and the west. The theme of his work shows many connections, disruptions, migrations and shows the contrast between the religion, influen

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Introduction

Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay, India to a Muslim family. At the age of fourteen Rushdie was sent to Rugby School in England. In 1964 Rushdie's parents moved to Karachi, Pakistan. During this time there was a war between India and Pakistan, and the choosing of sides. Rushdie wrote his novel East, West based on the cultural similarities and difference and the relationship between east and the west. The theme of his work shows many connections, disruptions, migrations and shows the contrast between the religion, influence and identity between the Eastern and Western world. The first three stories are set in India; they involve the section titled "East." In the short story "The Free Radio" Rushdie shows a comparison between the Indian society, its classes and its backwardness. The main priority of the Indian lower caste people being wanting to rise above all even if it means giving up their manhood. The story is about, a young boy, Ramani(symbolizes the Indian people) who is characterized as a teenage boy, and gets married to a thief's widow(Indira Gandhi), who looks only for his downfall. Ramani, who is uneducated and is from the lower caste society, gives up his manhood in order to get a free radio which was promised, but never arrives. During the time of the Emergency (1975-1977) the basic rights and freedoms were taken away from the people. ...read more.

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This story is based on the movie The Wizard of Oz, the red slippers from this movie is being put for auction. This story is an image about the western side (symbolizes United States) being controlled by the media. 'The movie starts are here, among the bidders, bringing their glossy, spangled auras to the saleroom' ((Rushdie. East, West. 88).They believe anything that is told. This is a similarity that the east and west share. The "west" is blinded by fantasies. The people who go to America in search or money and freedom believe in the 'American Dream'. This is the same with the Indians they believe in a dream that they want to make happen. Even thought America is a land of opportunities, is isn't possible for people to get what they wish for as without sacrifice and immigrants are not willing to give up anything. Even though they come in search of opportunities, they seek to find happiness like back "home" they would do anything to get a taste of home. Hence, Rushdie shows that while people in the west are trying to find their way back home. People in the east are trying to break free to keep their home. The tone of the story is like the narrator is saying what he sees from his point of view but it's for you to judge if what he saying about the western society is true or not. ...read more.

Conclusion

As for Chekov, he comes back to India but doesn't get married instead he is with Ranjiv Gandhi who is Indira Gandhi's son during the time when Ranjiv Gandhi gets assassinated by a tamil women. And chekov is caught between all of this and dies. The tamil people were against Ranjiv Gandhi because they wanted a country of their own (sri lanka) but Ranjiv Gandhi wouldn't permit them to do so. The irony of this story is that the mother and son were both assassinated by different casts for the same purpose. Hence, this shows that the Hindus and Sikhs had the same purpose in mind, even though they rebel against eachother. Another ironic situation is that Rushdie uses a 'western' serial to compare the situation in the 'east'. Through these stories, Rushdie tries to prove his point that the East and West might rebel against each other but they share a lot of similarities in many different ways. And their differences are two extermes. But it is possible to relate a situation in the west to one in the east. While the west wants freedom and does nothing about it, the east works towards it even thought there isn't much they know about money, fame or power. He shows a vast comparison between the two sides. The 'east' and 'west' seek for independence and to find a place that they can call 'home'. But the west isn't working hard enough to achieve it while the east sacrifices everything but yet they get nothing. ...read more.

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