Diasporic Subtlety And Pursuit For Home In V. S. Naipaul’s ‘House For Mr. Biswas’

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Seerat Munir, Dr. Abrar Ahmad


Self-narratives driven by the mission for identity and self-exile from a heartless world of colonialism and colonial subjugation are contained within the Diaspora's multifaceted collection, a kaleidoscope of artistic works. Constrained and deliberate migrations, including easy requesting and reordering, have provided form to creative portrayals. The series of battles, self-attestation, and linguistic resilience in another home stewed in de-historicization and cultural abrogation cannot be unraveled in Diaspora literature. It aims to uncover the challenges that postcolonial individuals encounter as they begin to quest for self-identity and self-regard in Caribbean society in the light of Naipaul's book, A House for Mr. Biswas. Naipaul tries to deny a recycled custom pushed onto any semblance of him by retreating provincial powers, as well as reproduce for himself an identity, a door to door the cultural uniqueness and identity of the Trinidadian Indian dispossessed, exiled, and displaced, through the quest for identity and attempts of his nearly picaresque legend, Mr. Biswas, to fabricate a house for himself by dismissing a readymade family. This paper is an exploration of the Diasporic nuance and quest for home in VS Naipaul's ‘House for Mr. Biswas.’

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