“Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie
Shanell Smith Cappa
“Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie In the beginning of “Midnight’s Children”, within the chapter referred to as “The Perforated Sheet”, Salman Rushdie explains the importance of the time and date of his birth, which coincided with the “precise moment of India’s arrival at independence” (Salman Rushdie 2006) on August 15, 1947. Salman goes on to claim that his birth was the fate of the country, signifying his urgeobligation to tell his stories before his death, which he believes is soon. In the first paragraph, Salman Rushdie starts off with stating “once upon a time”, (Salman Rushdie 2006) which is generally a fairytale line.
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Due to his delusion that India’s independence revolved around his birth, he encounters the struggle of carrying the weight of a country. Salman uses this analogy to compare his life to destruction. Another analogy Salman uses “my talisman, my open sesame” (Salman Rushdie 2006). In this quote, Salman is using a talisman to represent a key and an open sesame to represent the entrance or keyhole. He is referring to “The Perforated Sheet” he describes in the text as large white bedsheet, which he states was the beginning of his life. Salman’s use of analogy is very effective in that it ties the reader to understand his reality. The most notable rhetorical device Salman uses is allegory. He uses allegory throughout the entire first few pages from when he says “precise moment of India’s arrival at independence” to he recognizes his birth as clock ridden and crime stained. Salman is extremely effective in using allegory because throughout the passage, he is explaining to the reader that the arrival of India’s independence was due to his arrival to the earth. One blatant example of allegory within the first few pages is “Soothsayers had prophesized me, newspapers celebrated my arrival, and politicos ratified my authenticity” (Salman Rushdie 2006). Just like the arrival of India’s independence was celebrated, Salman claims his birth was as well. Salman’s use of allegory is effective in