Sunday, March 15, 2009
Literary and Figurative Languange in The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Mr. Mosim Hamid is a wonderful writer, and it is apparent through his story of Changez. The author uses comparisons when explaining Changez's emotions. For example, on page 67, Changez admits, "I felt at that moment much closer to the Filipino driver than my collegue; I felt that I was play acting, when in reality I ought to be making my way home." Here were see straight into Changez's thoughts and it is necessary for us to understand the character. These bold and obvious statements keep the reader "in" the story. Also, the author keeps the American silent throughout the story, but we get a very general idea of what the American is like (thanks to Changez's comments). I think it is interesting that the American seems to be a generalized "American" instead of a specific being. It is like Mr. Mosim Hamid decided to change the roles of American (generally understood) and Pakistani (understood). In the book we understand Changez's views, but aren't as enlightened about the American's. You can see an example of Changez's explanation of the thoughts of the American on page 75, Changez asks, "Why do you flinch? Ah yes, the bats, they are circling rather low. You know you say?" Without such quotes, we wouldn't be able to see the mis-understood American.