The Awakened Mind: Rediscovery and Realization in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss
Indian Writing in English has undoubtedly made significant contributions to the World English literature. Kiran Desai in her Man Booker’s Prize novel, The Inheritance of Loss, attempts to focus on the concept of globalization and presents her analysis of immigration and settlement of people beyond the boundaries of their homeland. This novel holds an exotic blend of her views on, cultural shock, displacement, loss of identity, marginalization, etc. It also presents a female writer’s exposition of the male psyche and its various responses to challenges faced in an alien world filled with hardships and an Indian American writer’s perspective of the collision of the Eastern and Western values in the modern post-colonial world. In The Inheritance of Loss , Desai presents the post colonial view of a powerful and privileged West and an underdeveloped and oppressed East, describing how various characters struggle to live in the social hierarchy ? some for survival alone, and some in order to obtain better standards of living.The problems of migration and loss of identity are vividly potrayed through the principal characters, Jemu and Biju. This paper tries to present the awakened mind of the various characters, a result of their rediscovery and realization of the lost world after their struggle through post colonial dilemmas.
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