Salman Rushdie's Haroun And The Sea Of Stories

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Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories is first and foremost a book designed and written for children. Set in a fantasy world full of strange creatures and people, it is a light-hearted, enjoyable tale that is an easy and delightful read for young audiences. On a deeper level however, a recurring theme in many forms of children’s literature; it delivers a strong message, in this case, of identity, politics and censorship. Many elements of the story can be closely associated with Rushdie’s personal experiences with politics and censorship. This essay will use an in depth reading of Haroun and the Sea of Stories as a base for exploring the meaning of storytelling intended by Rushdie. It will investigate the political element featured in the story and also the way Rushdie tackles censorship and politics. Both of Rashid Khalifa’s loves, his son and his wife, turn on him and what he holds dear, telling him that his stories are not real and do not matter. The fact that his wife then leaves him to run off with a neighbour adds insult to injury. This upset leads Rashid to believe that, without his stories, he has no way to support himself or to justify his life. In this way Rushdie suggests that a person’s stories create them, composing their identity and maintaining their dignity. Using a work of fiction to defend the utility of fictional stories is a clever move by Rushdie. The action and adventure in the story is sparked by the conflict concerning the importance of

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