Essay Luka and Fire of Life

Topics: Salman Rushdie, Novel, World Pages: 3 (1009 words) Published: June 4, 2012
The Essay

“Luka and the Fire of Life” is a nove written by Salman Rushdie. The novel is about a twelve year old boy named Luka Khalifa, and his father, Rushid Khalifa. His father had fallen into a very deep coma, hearing nothing and no one. Luka met a holographic version of his father, named Nobodaddy. Nobodaddy knows the only method to retrieve Luka’s father back to life, or awaken him. He has to steal the fire of life from the world of magic. Luka, Nobodaddy, his pet bear and dog set forth to the World of Magic. As Luka moves on in his adventures, in order to get the fire of life, he gains and loses friends. At the end of his adventures, Luka finally reaches the Mountain of Knowledge, where the Fire of Life lives. Luka had to give a speech to the God’s and Goddesses of the Mountain in order to receive the fire of life. He touched and encouraged them, and let Luka ‘steal’ the Fire of Life. He headed back home, and awakened and healed his father.

Every novel has a character with more than one characteristic. In this novel, “Luka and the Fire of Life”, the protagonist, Luka Khalifa demonstrates three different types of characteristics. Luka demonstrates passion for love to his dad by not giving up on him. He also demonstrates dedication as he had a goal (to save his father) and not giving up until he achieved it. He shows courage as he never stopped even though he went through many hard obstacles and events. Luka also has a great sense of care and justice, and the power to curse people.

Luka loved his father greatly. He knew he’d have to go through a lot of obstacles and trouble in order to gain the Fire of Life, however he went forward in order to save his dad. When Luka was introduced and meets the holographic version of his father, Nobodaddy, he received the knowledge that the less transparent Nobodaddy becomes, the closer Rushid will get to death. He was horrified and after a little discussion, they went on their first adventure, the River of Time...
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