Saleem’s Search for Personal Identity in Salman Rushdie’s "Midnight’s Children" In the book Midnight's Children, author Salman Rushdie provides an insightful treatment of how the postcolonial movement in India inevitably involves renegotiations of identity. This is perhaps best understood through the character Saleem Sinai and his struggle to discover his own identity amidst personal confusion and the societal chaos around him. In some kind of mystical way, Saleem's identity and that of India seem inextricably linked. Saleem Sinai is born at the moment of India's independence on August 15, 1947 at midnight. And in a society that is highly influenced by Hinduism and superstition, his birth is given much attention in the press as an omen....The end:
.....hus, in the final outcome, his journey to discover his own identity also tells the story of India as a country struggling to discover its identity. Works Cited Amigoni, David. The English novel and prose narrative. Edinburgh University Press, 2000. Clement Ball, John. Satire & the postcolonial novel: V.S. Naipaul, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie. Psychology Press, 2003. Fletcher, M.D. Reading Rushdie: perspectives on the fiction of Salman Rushdie. Rodopi, 1994. Kumar Dey, Pradip. Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. Atlantic Publishers & Dist, 2008. Rushdie, Salman. Midnight's Children. A.A. Knopf, 1995. Ten Kortenaar, Neil and Kam Louie. Self, Nation, Text in Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children". McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2005.