Monday, March 28, 2011
Midnight's Children and The Tin Drum
While reading Midnight's Children, I was constantly reminded of The Tin Drum and could not stop making connections between the two post-modern novels. Firstly, both works are narrated by unreliable, male protagonists in their thirties, who record their life stories in the presence of an audience who consists of a single individual. Both Grass and Rushdie employ magical realism in order share the tragic violence and hardships that plague their homelands with the reader. The protagonists, Oskar and Saleem, both commence their narratives with a story about their grandparents and build suspense up until the instant of their own births. At this point, they continue to share both the monumental and mundane moments of their lives with the reader. Recounting their stories in a stream of conscious manner, Oskar, Saleem, and the two authors comment upon the relativity of truth and whether or not one valid version of reality exists. Finally, despite being outcasts and feeling inferior, Oskar and Saleem, are meanwhile, both profoundly egotistical. What other similarities have you all found between the two novels?