Behind The Curtain Manto Essay

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Saadat Hasan Manto Kartik Kohli 201201170Introduction "If you find my stories dirty, the society you are living in is dirty. With my stories, I only expose the truth" These words are spoken by one of most renowned Urdu short-story writers himself, Saadat Hasan Manto. He was known for his bold writing style, he didn't fear to talk about, or bring out the flaws in the so called “respectable” society. He was one of the first (if not the first) Urdu writers to pen writings on topics such as sex and sexual arousal, which was condemned in Urdu Literature. He received much criticism for his writing style, and was even tried for Obscenity no less than 6 times. Three times before the partition in 1947, and 3 more times after when he moved to Pakistan. His…show more content…
In his story, Parde ke Peeche (Behind the Curtain), which is based on a true incident from the North West Frontier, bordering Pakistan, is about a couple where the man is shown to be cheating on his wife. But she comes to know of his mistress, and taking to extremity, she takes him to his mistress' place, binds him, and making him watch, chops off his mistress into pieces. Limiting it to that, the actual incident was far extreme, when the wife cooked the chopped pieces of his mistress, and forced him to eat them. Demise Manto died at an early age of 43, due to liver failure. He had taken to extreme alcoholism, to drown his sorrows, that he felt for the state of the nation, and the massacre and bloodshed of innocent lives. He was a very skeptic person, with a cynical view of the society, and even as he went, the inscription on his grave said- “Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto and with him lie buried all the secrets and mysteries of the art of short story writing. Under tons of earth he lies, still wondering who among the two is the greater story writer: God or He”Without a doubt, Manto was the most impactful Urdu writers of the

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