How important is the role of the outsider, in terms of plot development and structure, in ‘The Country of the Blind and The Destructors?’
To begin, the protagonist in each text is set in the role of the outsider. Both Nunez and ‘T’ complete a major change in both their plot and development. There are evident contrasts in the way in which both of these characters transform; this enables us to juxtapose both text and protagonist in the way these outsiders importantly redound on the story line and the other characters. In Nunez we see a strong character, who historicism critics could view him as a powerful country in demise given the political circumstance of the time, whose own dominance gradually weakens. In sharp contrast ‘T’ is the brooding, malevolent personification of a post World War II generation that has never witnessed peace and calm, wanting nothing but to inflict more of the devastation that he is used to. ‘T’ has a revolutionary idealism that gradually gains momentum as the plot unfolds with striking similarities to the great revolutionaries of the time. Both protagonists have completely different settings into which they are able to influence the plot. The calm and tranquil backdrop in ‘The Country of the Blind (TCotB, 1904)’ is in direct contrast to the apocalyptic post blitz scene in ‘The Destructors (TD, 1954)’. These differences force ‘T’ and Nunez to impact on plot development and structure in very different ways.
The involuntary path that Nunez takes when he happens on a fabled blind community and his reaction to this environment is the first clue to how the plot may develop and his post-colonial attitude. There are also similarities in this text to ‘The Island of Dr Moreau’ (H.G. Wells 1896 cited in Ousby 1996). On trying to gain the attention of the people of the village and failing, Nunez thinks to himself “The fools must be blind” (TCotB p5), already we can see that he is associating the words ‘fools’ and ‘blind’ together,...
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