The Quest for Identity in V.S. Naipaul’s A House for Mr.Biswas
V.S.Naipaul, the sooth sayer and the owner of the prophetic voice , colours the picture of Indian immigrant’s trauma, their problems and their every day difficulties in order to maintain their dignity and self respect in the world. By providing new outlook to see and feel the heart rending traumas of the diaspora people this great novelist has carved an eminent place for himself. The novelist focuses on the social injustice and indifferences through his novel,A House For Mr.Biswas. Naipaul adopts an observational and subjective approach towards the problems of alienation and uprootedness of the expatriates. His writing has a focal theme of the quest of self identity and self belongingness. Through his writings he ponders on his own experience of chaotic world of Trinidad in his novel . In his novel, A House For Mr.Biswas, the merging of the two cultures-South African and Indian,is very beautifully done. His individual experience of the painful and traumatic life found vent through his writings. The present paper examines this novel keeping in view of the immigrants fight in the quest of identity and their continuous effort to restore their lost dignity. The paper attempts to throw light on the issues like agony and pain of an expatriate struggling hard for the meaning of his existence.The alienation,uprootedness, emotional turmoil and the nostalgia of the immigrants are other issues to be examine in the present paper.
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