‘No man is an Island’ – John Dome, presents to us a solid idea that states that no man can survive alone, the quote shows an inclusivity of all men and women stating that it is an impossibility to survive alone. The idea that No man can be an Island can be morphed into, ‘man is an ever growing and changing island’. My two texts and film ‘Heat and Dust – Prawer Jhabvala’, ‘Not in India – Sadi Hussain’ and ‘Chocolat’ demonstrate this dynamic that ‘no man is an island’ but man is an ever growing and changing Island.
Heat and Dust is a dynamic text in which a bi-temporal framework is used to follow the paralleled lives of two British women living in India 50 years apart in the 20th century. Personal preferences and personal likes or dislikes determine how one interacts with their community and what barriers emerge. Differences seen in the narrators experience in contrast to Olivia’s character in the year 1923 clearly shows how one embraces the culture whilst the other shuts it out completely. Olivia’s choice of dress included ‘a cream linen suit –with evening dress and satin shoes in her bag.’ The effect of this shows the exclusivity of Olivia and further acts as a barrier as she shuts out the Indian culture surrounding her with dressing very European. Adjectives are used as specifics to label each item and greatly differ from Indian clothing.
In contrast, the narrator willingly sleeps outside in the streets and therefore immerses herself with the culture. This is further demonstrated through the quote, ‘I no longer slept in a nightie, but like an Indian women in a Sari.’ The effect scopes her sense of belonging coming from a very personal context where she uses first person ‘I’ to put us as the reader in her position and the colloquialism of ‘nightie’ in contrast to Indian colloquialism ‘sari’. The effect of the adaptation of the word ‘sari’ shows a deep connection with the Indian culture as colloquialism is only used where one... [continues]
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