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Volume 3 Issue 3

November 2017

Thematic Similarities in the Concept of Survival in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient and Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance
Dr. R. Geetha, 
Professor and Head, 
Department of English, 
Sri Krishna Arts and Science College, 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient and Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance have thematic similarities. They have similar views on the concept of survival amongst caste system and racism. Suppression and survival are the two issues of the social systems of any nation. A close comparative study reveals that the characters of Michael Ondaatje and Rohinton Mistry have shown exposed survival approach amidst socio-cultural problems. In A Fine Balance, Ishvar and Om forego of their identity as Chamaars which eventually leads them to become sufferers to the very identical thing they fought against. Likewise, in The English Patient we find the English Patient letting go off his foreign identity only to give way to it. During a time of disaster the truth stares right on the face that nothing is more important than one's identity.
Caste System; Racial Segregation; and Concept of Survival.
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