The English Patient | Study Guide

Michael Ondaatje

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The English Patient, Chapter 9 e die containing a richness of lovers and … fears we have hidden in as if caves. Sources: BBC,, The Canadian Encyclopedia, Michael Ondaatje: Express Yourself Beautifully by Ed Jewinski Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Bombs Demonstrate humans’ capacity for tremendous evil The Villa Symbolizes the damage war has inflicted on the main characters Kip’s Turban Symbolizes difference, both religious and racial Symbols Indian explosives expert in love with Hana; loses his faith in Western civilization Kip Canadian spy for the Allies; tortured as a result of the English patient’s actions Caravaggio Young, Canadian war nurse suffering from PTSD; searching for autonomy and safety Hana Burned desert explorer; has an affair that sets the events leading to the villa in motion The English Patient Main Characters Ondaatje’s life took him from a tea plantation in Sri Lanka to a boarding school in England and finally to university and critical acclaim in Canada. Ondaatje uses his experiences as an immigrant and creative writer to weave stories rich in destinations, texts, and adventure. MICHAEL ONDAATJEBORN 1943 Author A burn victim known only as the English patient spends his last days with an explosives expert, a spy, and a nurse in a bombed-out villa during World War II. As he tells his story, he reveals personal histories that call into question the importance of identity and nationality. Love & Loss in a Time of War THEMES Race, ethnicity, and nationality determine who is considered an outsider. Race, Ethnicity & Nationality War inflicts as much psychological damage as it does physical destruction. Destructiveness of War A rich tapestry of texts blur the lines between narrative and myth. Intertextuality English Original Language 1992 Year Published Michael Ondaatje Author The English Patient Drama Novel

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