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Sensitivity, Madness and Fervor: the Varied Hues of Nationalism in Manto’s Characters


Sangeeta Nath and Shanthichitra

Department of English, SRM University, Faculty of Science and Humanities, Kattankulathur- 603203, Tamil Nadu, India Email: nathsangeeta.2008@gmail.com

Department of English, SRM University, Faculty of Science and Humanities, Kattankulathur- 603203, Tamil Nadu, India. Email: hod.doe@ktr.srmuniv.ac.in



Abstract:

Saadat Hasan Manto has been considered as a writer of verisimilitude. His stories are based on the platform of Partition and his characters portray an array of emotions and feelings. Manto’s writings are not only a fine specimen of creativity but also zealously depict his personal experiences and incidents. His characters possess a multitude of emotions, ranging from Nationalism and fervor to madness and senility. His writing style and language are very reflective and portray the truth and nothing else; however crude it may be. Each word in Manto’s story pierces the reader like an unsheathed sword and leaves him bleeding for days to come. This paper will examine how the ingenuity of Manto’s language brings to life the emotions in his characters and how each character is similar to the other in more ways than one. The theories of Nationalism and Social Identity will be used to further comment on the form and pattern of Manto’s writing and how his characters suffer from similar phenomena. It will also bring to light that the occurrence of Partition was agonizing to everyone irrespective of their religion, country or gender.

Keywords: Nationalism, Madness, Fervor, Zealousness, Sensitivities.

 

 

InternationaleJournal of Mathematical Sciences, Technology and Humanities
Volume
6, Issue
3, Pages:  51 - 56