ENGR1Bnumber2 - 1 Virginia Lieu English R1B The Long and...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
1 Virginia Lieu English R1B The Long and Short of It Tiffany Tsao March 31, 2009 Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance narrates the lives of four very different people, Dina, Ishvar, Om and Maneck, and how their lives intersect and intertwine during Indira Gandhi’s tumultuous reign during the Emergency in the 1970s. In the first passage of the novel, “Prologue: 1975,” Mistry uses decay and mess to reveal the selfishness abound in the city. He utilizes the beauty and peace of Ishvar’s, Om’s and Maneck’s towns in the countryside to represent how the citizens of the country are better at maintaining a fine balance and are thus kinder and more humane. Mistry shows that city is a place of filth and pollution. The first description of the city outside the train is already disheartening and repulsive: the slums, which possibly are the slums where Ishvar and Om will dwell after being employed by Dina, are described as “rough shacks [standing] beyond the railroad fence, alongside a ditch running with raw sewage…the acrid smell of a dung-fire drifted towards the train (Mistry 4).” Furthermore, the introduction of Shankar, the fingerless and legless beggar on the platform, seems tragic and pitiful. Mistry then shows Dina’s house: “The ceiling was dark and flaking, the walls discoloured, missing chunks of plaster in several places. Other stark patches, recently cemented, stood out like freshly healed wounds
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

Page1 / 4

ENGR1Bnumber2 - 1 Virginia Lieu English R1B The Long and...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online