Almásy, a Limited Character in the English Patient Essay

975 Words Apr 21st, 2005 4 Pages
The limited character in Michael Ondaatje's novel, The English Patient, was Almásy. Almásy was a man who was burned from head to toe, and whose identity is unrecognizable thus making him a limited character. The novel takes place in a villa where the man was being taken care of by Hana, a young nurse who stayed behind to take care of Almásy while the rest of the nurses escaped to a safer place to stay. She calls him the English patient because of his accent, though she is unaware of where he is from. The entire novel is focused on the history of the English patient, where he tells the story of his past to Hana, Caravaggio, and Kip. Although in the present Almásy is a limited character, the novel is based on the constant flashbacks of his …show more content…
One day, the English patient asked Geoffrey to pick him up with his private plane. Geoffrey took Katherine with him. " It had been planned as a suicide- murder by her husband that would involve all three of us." (Page 171) He crashed the plane, only trying to aim for the English patient who was waiting on the ground. He killed himself, and deeply injured Katherine. The English patient took her in a cave where he promised her he would be back. He gets caught by the English Army who thought he is a spy, and is thrown in jail. When he is released, he began working for the German and helped their spies get to Cairo. When he leaves Cairo he finds the cave where he had left Katherine and he puts her dead body in a old plane buried under the sand. While flying the plane, it break's down and he saves himself by using a parachute, although he was burning. This is when the Bedouin's find him all burnt. Back to the present, Kip hears that America has bombed Japan, and he blames the English patient and threatens to kill him. He takes a motorcycle and drives off and never returns. Years later, Kip is married and became a doctor in India and wondered about his old love, Hana. Chapter nine is where the English patients name is established. Almásy. He was truly a Hungarian, thus showing the irony of the title. Hana called him the English patient throughout the novel, because she thought his accent was English. Almásy was a limited character due to the fact that he went

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