The English Patient Essay

663 Words Oct 17th, 2011 3 Pages
Jaimes Alfredo

The English Patient

The English Patient is a novel written in 1992 by Sri Lankan-Canadian Michael Ondaatje, whose novel won the Booker Prize for best novel of 1992 and was adapted into an award-winning film in 1996. This book was written in a non-linear narrative, so that it provides the reader a different way to go through the reading of a novel, and which sometimes creates dynamism in the novel narrative, but also it could create confusion in the reader. «The story tells about nationhood, identity, and displacement» (Gale, 2006), but also explores loneliness, and life and death; these are linked themes in the novel, and also are the points to be analyzed in the following essay.

There are four main characters,
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So, «Kip goes to the patient because he represented the British world by which Kip was first seduced and then disgusted» (Langsford, 2009)

The book also carries its characters to a driving to death and life. For instance, the Patient at the end of the story is ready to die after have gone through a field of painful and bittersweet memories. Hana went exactly oppositely; Thinking that there was no point to still live until she met the Patient, and then Kip and Carvaggio, she started the story searching for death. Kip´s job was by itself a way to face closely death, but he did not care about this. And finally, Carvaggio who was looking for a reason to live: vengeance, old friend´s matters or friendship.

At the end the characters begin a whole new life, the patient dies, Kip abandoned Hana and starts again with a new family, she keeps sending to him letter, but as there is no answer from him, she gives up. So, the most important point is that no matter what has been lived, or what troubles have had to been sort, life has to continue for good or bad.

Sources
Chainani, S. (1999-2011). Grade Saver. Recuperado el 02 de Octubre de 2011, de http://www.gradesaver.com/the-english-patient/study-guide/short-summary/
Gale, T. (2006). Novel Guide. Retrieved Septiember 30, 2011, from http://www.novelguide.com/a/discover/nfs_0000_0023_0/nfs_0000_0023_0_00013.html

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