Narrative Technique in Salman Rushdie's Midnight Children
Time Lapses as found in Midnight’s Children Switching from present to past and from past to future. Including flashbacks, mixture of tenses and others. Disturb the flow of the narrator; gap between Saleem the narrator and Saleem the character.Example: * thirty two years before as present. (Chapter-1) * grandfather Adam Aziz’s existence lies along with his contemporaries, from present to past. (Chapter-2) Narrator makes us move by taking us in course of time, place and action.
“Language” in a narrative“Language in Midnight’s Children- Structure of language. Indian contextual words. Pidgin and Creole. Interesting words like Godknowswhat, Whatitsname etc. Use of allusions. English within “Appropriation”.
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the blend of realityand fantasy so that the distinction between the two is erased transformation of the common and everyday into the awesome and unreal elements of dreams, fairy tales, or mythology combined with the everyday the frame or surface of the work may be conventionally realistic. have a strong narrative drive.
Beginning of the novelReflection ofpostcolonial culture ofIndia.Language of Saleem’sNarrativeMelodramaticSwitching of Saleem andShiva by Mary Pereira
Point of view as found in Salman Rushdie‘s MidnightsChildren moving in course of time, place and action first person narrative claims omniscient narrative Frank Kermode: Concordance coherence with moments in the past and future
What is Apocalyptic Narrative?Apocalyptic Narrative as one of theaspects in the narrative techniqueas found in Salman Rushdie’sMidnight’s Children.Apocalyptic Narrative and Idea ofNationalism.“Abracadabra” possess lotsof apocalyptic connotations.Example: Saleem, “I had been mysteriously handcuffed to history,my destiny indissolubly chained to those of my country.”