An Analysis of the Mythological Theme of Fate and Prophecy The Writings of Salman Rushdie and Haruki Murkami This literary study will compare and contrast the theme of fate as it arises in the mythological context of Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie and Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. In Murakami’s novel, Kafka is a representative western literary figure that tries to escape the Oedipal Complex via Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Arabian Nights as implied in the story. This is also true of the dilemma of fate and prophecy in Rushdie’s novel, as Saleem tries to understand India as an independent country through the context of Arabian Nights as a mythological foundation. In essence, Rushdie and Murakami both use Arabian Nights as a...The end:
.....rkami and Rushdie both rely heavily on the premise that their main characters are doomed to a fate in which they cannot escape. In this manner, the issue of prophesy in Saleem’s birthright and Kafka’s Oedipal complex, reveal this very similar way in which they are created through mythology. However, Rushdie relies more heavily on Arabian Nights as a mythological source in direct contrast to Murakami’s reliance on Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. These are the comparable and contrasting elements in the use of fate and prophecy that arise in the mythological contexts used by Murakami and Rushdie in these two novels. Works Cited Murakami, Haruki . Kafka on the Shore. New York: Knopf, 2005. Rushdie, Salman . Midnight’s Children. New York: Penguin, 1991.