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Volume 1 Issue 10

March 2015

V.S. Naipaul’s A House for Mr. Biswas: A Marathon Struggle against Heavy Odds
Dr. Harpreet Singh, 
Assistant Professor of English, 
Faculty of Arts and Science, 
Sirte University, 
Hoon, Al Jufrah, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
V.S.Naipaul, a novelist of Indian diaspora, preoccupies with the themes of dispossession, alienation, homelessness, rootlessness, fragmentation, mimicry and a relentless quest for identity. Literary output of Naipaul comes out of his personal experiences as an expatriate and his struggle to make his mark as a writer. Writing to him is an ordering of experience and the impetus behind his writing is a sort of compulsion to understand his own situation. A House for Mr. Biswas, is a much discussed novel which deals with the theme of a quest for identity in modern materialistic world where man feels all-alone and his worth is evaluated through personal achievements and worldly success. This novel delves deeper into the psyche of an individual to reveal the major problems of the dispossessed individual who ceaselessly tries to attain an authentic selfhood. It is the tale of a marathon struggle of Mr. Mohun Biswas against adverse circumstances to attain an independent identity. His struggle is a long and traumatic one but he is successful in his negotiation for space and ultimately he is able to fulfill his long cherished dream of having a house of his own. This article aims to analyze how the protagonist of this novel, Mr. Biswas puts up a great perseverance in his marathon struggle against heavy odds to achieve his independent identity through the symbolic attainment of a house.
Indian Diaspora; Alienation; Homelessness; Rootlessness; Quest for Identity; V.S. Naipaul; A House for Mr. Biswas.
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