Non-western Literature Academic Essay

Non-western Literature Read the following quotes and analyze them stylistically and thematically. In other words, explain what we learn about post-colonial literature from these examples. For example: a. What the quote reveals about the authors writing style b. The relevance to the rest of the text c. What we can learn about post-colonial themes or style from this quote Write 2-3 sentences per point. (5 points for each answer 25 pts. total) 1. Astride his bicycle, leather attach?? attached to the carrier, my grandfather whistled. Despite irritations of the nose, his lips pursed. Despite a bruise on his chest which had refused to fade for twenty-three years, his good humour was unimpaired. Air passed his lips and was transmuted into sound. He whistled an old German tune: Tannenbaum. (Rushdie 40) 2. And (although none of the trio would have been able to express the idea) I suggest that at the deep foundations of their unease lay the fear of schizophrenia, of splitting, that was buried like an umbilical cord in every Pakistani heart. In those days, the countrys East and West Wings were separated by the unbridgeable land-mass of India; but past and present, too, are divided by an unbridgeable gulf. Religion was the glue of Pakistan, holding the halves together; just as consciousness, the awareness of oneself as ahomogenous entity in time, a blend of past and present, is the glue of personality, holding together our then and now (Rushdie 420). 3. Please believe that I am falling apart. I am not speaking metaphorically; nor is this the opening gambit of some melodramatic, riddling, grubby appeal for pity. I mean quite simply that I have begun to crack all over like an old jug that my poor body, singular, unlovely, buffeted by too much history, subjected to drainage above and drainage below, mutilated by doors, brained by spittoons, has started coming apart at the seams (Rushdie 37). 4. So: there were knees and a nose, a nose and knees. In fact, all over the new India, the dream we all shared, children were being born who were only partially the offspring of their parents the children ofmidnight were also the children of the time: fathered, you understand, by history. It can happen. Especially in a country which is itself a sort of dream (Rushdie 137). 5. All games have morals; and the game of Snakes and Ladders captures, as not other activity can hope to do, the eternal truth that for every ladder you climb, a snake is waiting just around the corner; and for every snake, a ladder will compensate. But its more than that; no mere carrot-and-stick affair; because implicit in the game is the unchanging twoness of things, the duality of up against down, good against evil; the solid rationality of ladders balances the occult sinuosities of the serpent. . . (Rushdie 167). 6. . . .because I have been so-many too-many persons, life unlike syntax allows one more than three, and at least somewhere the striking of a clock, twelve chimes, release. Yes, they will trample me underfoot, the numbers marching one two three, four hundred million five hundred six, reducing me to specks of voiceless dust, just as, in all good time, they will trample my son who is not my son, and his son who will not be his, and his who will not be his, until the thousand and first generation, until a thousand and one midnights have bestowed their terrible gifts and a thousand and one children have died, because it is the privilege and the curse of midnights children to be both masters and victims of their times. . . Part II. Choose any two of the following elements of Post-Colonial Literature and in a well organized essay, define the terms by analyzing the relevance to Maru. (20 pts.) Resistance Hybrid Representations Otherness/Marginality Language Nostalgia/Memory Reclaiming the past Modernity Part III. Write a short explanation about the ways in which Nerudas poetry relates to either Rushdie or Head. (1-2 paragraphs total) PLACE THIS ORDER OR A SIMILAR ORDER WITH US TODAY AND GET A GOOD DISCOUNT

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