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

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

Extracts from this document...

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.

Middle

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature 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 World Literature essays

  1. The book being titled Im not scared is very appropriate as the common theme ...

    lot braver and has overcome many of his fears in different ways. The dominant female characters present in the novel are that of Theresa (Michele's mother) and Barbara.. Theresa acts in a manner that was expected of women in a typical Italian male-dominated society, described by Michele on p54 "She spoke little and stayed on her feet.

  2. Rabindranath Tagore. The play, The Post Office was written during the year 1911-1914. ...

    Amal's character is very important because he shows purity and innocence in his personality. And this is what makes him weak; he believes what ever is being told. And he wishes to do things his way. Amal: No, no, Uncle; I beg of you, by your dear feet - I don't want to be Learned; I won't.

  1. How are the plot, point of view, tone, setting, and theme of the First ...

    Resolution, when the priest gave Jackie an advice. It expressed, "So, if I were you I'd take my time and think about it. In my opinion 'tisn't worth it, not even to get rid of a grandmother. I asked dozens of fellows like you that killed their grandmothers about it, and they all said, no, 'twasn't worth it..."

  2. In the novel Heroes, Robert Cormier attempts to deconstruct the rationale we all have ...

    for this is a selfless one; Larry tells Francis that he has contemplated taking his own life before. The situation could have provided Larry with enough justification to end his life as he knows that he is not the man he once was.

  1. Discuss the isolation of the narrator in Ernest Hemingway's In Another Country

    to earn their medals. The narrator sometimes imagines that he had done all the different things the others had done to earn their medals, but is proud of his ribbons and medals none-the-less. He also admits that he is afraid to die and probably would never have done those things anyway.

  2. In my opinion, Henry Jamess work The Turn of The Screw and William Faulkners ...

    Another difference from ordinary stories is that Faulkner does not give background about his character; a boy called Darl starts the story all of a sudden. From the very beginning tale becomes hard to reader so readers cannot get what the point is and what he is saying about.

  1. In the book, Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri signifies the ideas of communications and ...

    The protagonist, Mr. Kapasi, craves attention and love from other ladies because he does not have a good relationship with his wife. Lahiri reveals his obnoxiousness by saying, ?When Mr. Kapasi thought once again about how she had said ?romantic? the feeling of intoxication grew? (Lahiri 53).

  2. Effect of PTSD in Dave Eggers A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    His parents still died. Living with the knowledge that he was not able to stop his parents? death creates this self-hatred inside Eggers. This symptom of survivor guilt is centered on self-blame. When a person shows aspects of behavioral self-blame, he/she blames the trauma on his/her own specific behaviors, and

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