A Suitable Boy Poem Analysis

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“I know about whom I was writing; but for whom was I writing?” asks Ngugi Wa Thiang’O fictional in this case – in the context of post-colonial pluralism of cultures. This is the paradox: knowledge of one’s milieu or rather increasing awareness of one’s indigeneity as the controlling centre of one’s creativity juxtaposed with heterogeneous diaspora of its critical reception. The criteria range from using the generic roots of the novel as Western specific through its Euro-American variations to the aesthetic hinterland of narrative imbedded in the culture of former colonies.

Every great work of art is a perfect unity of words and images. Just as a poet is brought up to speak and write one particular language, he is also brought up in one particular religion of culture. Divergent cultural heritage of India offers many such myths and archetypes for a sensitive writer like Vikram Seth.
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He concentrates on the original imaginative life of the myths and gives meaning to the ethos of the novel ironically. Beginning in realism, the irony steadily moves to myth and dim outlines of rituals reappear in ironic mode. This reappearance of myth in the ironic is obvious in A Suitable Boy as it elaborates certain rituals of Hindus and
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