Myths & Mythology in Salman Rushdie’s Mid Nights Children
Department of English,
S.V Engineering College for Women,
Salman Rushdie is a cosmopolitan and an international writer. He profoundly belongs to different cultures. Both his lineage as well as the country is somewhat disputed. The same reflects in his novels i.e., existential dilemmas of the individual. He adopts the old technique of the first person narrative. The characters and incidents create suspense in the minds of the readers. His works create tension and evoke conflicting emotions in the readers. His fantasy is a mental tonic. His assertions on secularism and religion are even more ambivalent.
Rushdie’s Mid Night’s children has an intellectual and intercultural richness. In his writings, Rushdie takes up the Indian traditions…show more content… He says: “I, Saleem Sinai later variously called Snotnose, Stainface, Baldly, Sniffy, Buddha and even piece – of – the – Moon, had become heavily embroiled in Fare – at the best of times a dangerous sort of involvement. And I couldn’t even wipe my own nose at the time.” (3)
In the novel, we see there is a conflict between the colonizer’s sense of time and history and that of the narrator. It is something the British imposed on India. For instance, Saleem’s grandfather Aadam Aziz recalls the time of the Jalianwala Bagh but he soon forgets this. This is in contrast with the memory of the Englishman William Methwold – “Methwold’ Estate: four identical houses built in a style befitting their original residents (conqueror houses! Roman mansions; three storey homes of Gods standing on a two-storey Olympus, a stunted Kailash!) large, durable mansion with red gabled roofs and turret towers in each corners, ivory white corner towers, wearing pointed red tiled hats…..”