Narrative And Language In Raja Rao's The Cat And Shakespeare

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The unusual brevity of construction, especially in sentence no. 3, 4, and 5, reminds, one almost of the first lessons in a children’s language primer. The effect is an intentional dissociation from the literary convention of the traditional novel form which has so far been Rao’s own as well. In his earlier novels Raja Rao strive to find his own style by enhancing the existing mode with the help of customary weapons – archaism, conceits, purple patches, etc. Here his intention, it seems, is primarily to break through his own wall of art. And he is quite successful in his experiment. The repeated use of ordinary nouns such as sea, tree, house, cat, kitten, wall and common verbs like be, have, sleep, awake, love, build, live, weigh etc. reflect the deviation from his characterized style. The emphasis on the use of monosyllables frequently by itself is a…show more content…
At the onset of his analysis of the novel, Makarand Paranjape points out towards the continuity of the fictional thread: The Cat and Shakespeare is Rao’s sequel to The Serpent and the Rope in that it shows what happens after a seeker’s veil of illusion has been removed by the Guru… the only way to live is to surrender oneself totally to divine grace, as the helpless kitten surrenders itself to the mother cat. Nair lives this philosophy and is responsible for teaching it to his ignorant neighbour, the narrator Pai. (Paranjape: xiii) Anyone can receive the grace of Divine who is united to Truth and follows ‘the way of the kitten’. Govindan Nair already lives that life, and he becomes instrumental to lead Ramkrishna Pai to vouchsafe that divine

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