The Tragedy of V.S. Naipaul's Miguel Street

Zanyar Kareem Abdul, Rohimmi Noor

Abstract


Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad (V.S. Naipaul) was born in Trinidad in 1932. His works have been an enduring focus between rich and poor, colonizer and colonized. In The New York Review of Books, Naipaul has been called '”a master of English prose,” which indicates his weight in modern literature, especially in post colonialism. The paper depicts a dark area and tragedy in Miguel Street throughout the characters and their dialogues. Naipaul is famous for his sad-given-tonic moment in his novels. The paper also provides examples and explanations behind the tragedy of the novel and what the characters suffer from: misunderstanding, poverty, or losing humanity that no more communication works out. Miguel Street is a place where all the tragic moments happen in the novel. Each section of the story ends with sadness and disappointment.  

 


Keywords


Tragic moment, Tragic novel, Trinidad society

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/ijalel.v.1n.3p.63

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