Analysis Of Mulk Raj Anand's Untouchable

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The majority of Mulk Raj Anand’s novels bring to the lime light the inequalities of society and trials and tribulations of the less fortunate. Untouchable (1935), Coolie (1936), The Village (1939), and The Private Life of An Indian Prince (1953) addresses the evils existing in the society in the Marxist terms. His novels also give a graphic description of the daily existence of his characters, their tale of woe, sweat and misery. Untouchable (1935) targets the evil of casteism and brings to the surface the issue of segregation of people on the basis of the profession. His first main novel, Untouchable, followed shortly after and is considered a seminal work for its inclusion of Punjabi and Hindustani idioms transliterated into English. A character study of a member of India’s untouchable caste, Untouchable earned Anand the moniker “India’s Charles Dickens” (Indian Writing in English 74) In Coolie (1936), he presents poverty – stricken protagonist, Munoo who portrays the hollowness of the society and the curse faced by the proletariat. He was instrumental in bringing about an awareness of the inequality that existed in India. He also advocated solutions for the issues. Both novels are: “A plea for downtrodden, the poor and the outcast, who face economic hardship and emotional humiliation in a rigid social structure” (Indian Writing in English 74). The theme in his work mostly deals with class struggle, rejection of

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