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Midnight's Children | Study Guide

Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie

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Allegory, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Midnight's Children is told in the first and third person by an unreliable narrator.


Midnight's Children shifts between present and past tenses as the narrative moves back and forth in time. While the frame tale is told in the present tense, the main character Saleem's memories of the circumstances surrounding his birth and his adolescence are cast in the past tense.

About the Title

The title Midnight's Children refers to the 581 surviving children—from an initial group of 1,001—born in India at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the moment India became independent of British rule.


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