Midnight’s children by Salman Rushdie

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Student’s Name:Instructor’s Name: Course: Date: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children revolves around the life of Saleem, a man with mystical powers. Saleem and other 1001 children born around midnight of India’s Independence Day are powerful and control the events of the novel. However, the novel travels back and forth in time documenting the activities of Saleem’s grandparents 32 years before his birth and ends when he is about to celebrate his 31st birthday. The novel encapsulates significance information about the narrator including the fact that he was swapped at birth, his grandparents' and parents' troubled marriages, his career in the army which is akin that of a sniffer dog, Marriage to Parvati and his allusions to his impending death once he celebrates his birthday. The story is narrated by Saleem to his patient and companion, Salma. Considering that the book relays events of about 60 years, many themes are used. For instance, the theme of the magical realm is particularly important. Major characters including Saleem and Shiva are among the people with magical powers. They fall in the category of the 1001 children born on India's Independence Day and own special powers to the extent that they threaten the prime ministers rule towards the end of the book. War is also an important theme as demonstrated through the two World Wars, India’s war with China and India and Pakistan war where Saleem’s parent die. The midnight children including Saleem, Shiva and Parvati are involved in these wars. The family is also an important theme in the essay. The families in the book are non-traditional to a greater extent. They are

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