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Volume 2 Issue 12

September 2015

Arun Joshi’s The Apprentice: A Threnody of a Tormented Soul of Modern World
Ms. Punam V. Barabde, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Shri Shivaji Science College, 
Amravati, Maharashtra, India
Arun Joshi`s third novel The Apprentice is a story of the protagonist Ratan Rathor who out of sheer exhaustion of joblessness and privation is forced to shed the honesty and the old–world morality of his father to become an ‘apprentice’ to the corrupt civilization. He is rebellious whose idealism is shattered by the corruption in modern society. Early in his struggle for a job, he is torn between the world of his father’s idealism and mother’s pragmatism. The tussle between idealism and morality on the one hand and the craze for money and career on the other creates a void in his psyche. He wants to extricate his identity from the heaps of corruption but fails. The ghastly death of his friend, the Brigadier, shakes him out of his moral inertia. The dead Brigadier’s vision trails him wherever he goes. He is filled with an endless torment of fear. With deep remorse, he realizes the futility of his life and decides to be of some use to others.
Corruption; Tormented Soul; Modern Society.
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