Midnight's Children Analysis

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An essay about the relationship between Saleem Sinai´s mixed parentage and India´s cultural and religious heritage
Marjolein Rietveld, 15th January 2015

´He was the child of a father who was not his father; but also the child of a time which damaged reality so badly that nobody ever managed to put it together again.´ (Salman Rusdie, Midnight’s Children.) The complexity and variety of the mixed origin of the main character, Saleem Sinai, shown in this quote, symbolizes the written masterpiece of Salman Rushdie´s Midnight’s Children. Throughout Midnight’s Children, the private life of the protagonist coincides with the historical and religious life of India during the twentieth century. (Pascoe) To understand the life of the main character, one should swallow the religious, cultural and historical background of India, which is used by Salman Rushdie in creating the characters of Midnight’s Children. In Salman Rushdie 's first novel, Midnight 's Children, the protagonist 's very mixed parentage reflects India 's diverse cultural and religious heritage. Aadam Aziz, Amina, Shiva and William Methwold, all relatives of Saleem Sinai, mirror the different aspects of the religious and cultural heritage of India. This statement will be discussed by analyzing these characters and their importance referring to the cultural and religious heritage of India. The religious diversity of India, which includes the religious minorities in India, are represented in the book by the characters
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