Article : Depiction Of Penury In Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Hungry Tide’ And Kiran Desai’s ‘The Inheritance Of Loss’ : A Comparative Study On The Narrative Strategy

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Depiction Of Penury In Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Hungry Tide’ And Kiran Desai’s ‘The Inheritance Of Loss’ : A Comparative Study On The Narrative Strategy

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Sreela.B, Dr. R. Aseda Fatima

 The central focus of the research was to make a study on the similarities in the strategies adopted in the novels of Ghosh and Desai to depict the harassments which the downtrodden had endured during the periods of political upheavals, with reference to the novels The Hungry Tide and The Inheritance of Loss. The researcher found several common elements between these two novels in relation to the treatment of poverty. The authors had used similar symbolism like food, books and nature to explain the plight of tribes and refugees.  The researcher collected data in connection to the atrocities against tribal communities and war time refugees from newspapers and magazines for an in-depth study to authenticate the findings. The researcher found that underprivileged people were treated as non-humans by majority of the society. The political problem dealt in the novel The Hungry Tide was the insurgency in West Bengal, in the novel The Inheritance of Loss and the Morichjhapi massacre was the issue dealt in the novel The Hungry Tide. In both these novels the poor were the most vulnerable target of politics. This comparative study on these authors had opened a new scope for identifying more common elements and styles of these authors.   

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