Salman Rushdie’s “The Courter.” is an example of a story that uses popular culture references to address the events and the feelings of. xT\.s A WRITER, Salman Rushdie is claimed by the critics of both. India and Britain, celebrated for revitalizing not only the Indian novel in English, but the British. 1 The Courter Passage Analysis The Courter is a post-colonial text, highlighting the This suggests that beneath England superficially civil, 1 Salman Rushdie.
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Cultural Analysis of Salman Rushdie’s “The Courter”
Every person has a birthplace, a starting point that offers a sense of identity for an individual. Through this start, this receding to the roots mentality, one examines their present in terms of their constructed past. However, since Mary is older and has never traveled, her Indian roots remain the starting point to which everything is compared. By maintaining a relationship with the courter, Mary displays her desire to possess a sense of companionship within her new, but foreign home When transitioning into salan land with infinite cultural differences, it is easy to feel misplaced, and especially misunderstood.
By befriending the courter, Mary not only connects herself to a physical relation, but also to a means of cross cultural communication. However, without the discovery of the courter, this bridge between worlds would not have existed for Mary.
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In light of his efforts, Mary starts to branch out her understanding to encompass not just her past, and herself in society, but the world presently around her. In chess there are two sides, each aiming to trap the other in an unfair, outnumbered position. Fittingly, the courter who has emigrated many years ago from India to England is a master of the game, and decides to teach Mary the game as well.
One day the narrator decides to join Mary and the courter for a game of chess. Thinking that he could beat either, he challenges both to a game. At first, the narrator attempts to date a Polish girl, named Rozalia. Rozalia dates him a couple times, but leaves him with no more than a couple of sandwiches bought, and momentary gropes. He seeks a connection to his nostalgic Eastern roots within Chandi, and a desire to possess the ever so tempting but distant Western culture within Rozalia. Once the courter, the master link to her bicultural world was stabbed, Mary no longer felt fit enough to straddle two cultures any longer.
However after the Western youth attacked the courter, the courter no longer appeared to be in control of the cultural game any longer. Witnessing this move, Mary loses faith in her ability to exist in the West any longer. By displaying such a lack of emotional attachment to leaving her home in England, the home that the narrator was a member of, the narrator feels disregarded.
Without his grandmother, and her relationship to the courter, the narrator no longer had any relation to judge his own bicultural stance.
Losing his grandmother did not just lose him a relation, but the only relations that he witnessed between his Eastern and Western world.
rjshdie Continuing the theme of alienation within the narrator, Rushdie also has Rozalia and Chandi, his singular links to the Eastern and Western culture, abandon him as well. Although, it is not until the narrator is older that he discovers the ever constant pull that a cross cultural individual most feel his entire life.
When the narrator was young, he saw his lack of connections to any culture as a means of failure; however, it was only a failure on his part to choose either side wholly. What he desired most was what Mary and the courter salnan, a true sense of cultural understanding, by existing in their sense of misunderstandings.
By coming to realize this fact, the narrator no longer displays a sense of loss, but a sense of understanding to his own state, his unique culture.
No one ever knows the true sense of their own life, and in consequence no one will ever know a true sense of identity. Therefore although adapting to another culture presents the characters with an issue to whether or not they belong, Rushdie informs the reader that belonging is not the point. Since the narrator felt no affinity to either East or West, he never became rooted in either.
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