Unholy Life and Holy Death; A Thematic Analysis of Cyrus Mistry’s ‘The Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer’
Cyrus Mistry is one of the notable Indian playwrights, novelists and short story writers. As a Parsi, his works represent the miniscule society of the Parsis and their ethos. Cyrus Mistry’s ‘The Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer’ is a remarkable story that was placed beyond the tapestry of caste, creed and race.Mistry portrays the life of Khandias, a segregated group inside the Parsi community whose job is to collect dead bodies and perform last rites before the corpse decay or are eaten by the scavenger birds, the vultures. It is the mind-blowing tale of a Khandia-turned priest’s son, who is destined to preserve purity and mediate between life and death at the iconic Towers of Silence. The present paper covers the thematic representation of the novel that is caught between the unholy life and holy death as it manifests in the lives of the Khandias.
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