Thursday, February 16, 2006


A House for Mr. Biswas

Once again, post-ers, you are welcome to write about any aspect of the ending of A House for Mr. Biswas, as long as you have a point and use specifics from the text, such as quotes, to back up your position. Feel free to compare and contrast with Howard's End. You might want to consider some of the issues we touched upon in class: how does the ending speak to the novel's "enigmatic questioning" (handout) of identity? of identity as impacted by globalization? modernity? Why would Naipaul emphasize the almost entirely female community left at the end of the novel? In light of the interesting blog discussion about Henry Wilcox's ability (or lack thereof) to change, does Mr. Biswas grow over the course of the novel? Is he substantially different in the "real" ending of the novel than he is in the beginning? Last but not least, does the fact that the novel begins with an ending dramatically alter your experience of reading/responding to the actual ending on page 564?

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