In The Skin of a Lion - Post-moderins View

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Throughout In the Skin of a Lion, Michael Ondaatje thoroughly develops his post-modernism view of heroes, villains and the conflicts that arise from their choices. Heroes in Ondaatje’s post-modernism view are not as obvious as traditional heroes, but instead are subtle in thier acts of heroics. They are neither rewarded nor viewed in the traditional sense; Ondaatje’s heroes are not remembered in the grand narrative, however the rich and the powerful are memorable. Patrick Lewis and Cato are viewed as heroes in the novel, whereas Rowland Harris is the villain; they all influence Ondaatje’s umbrella themes and central conflicts. Patrick Lewis’ heroism throughout the novel derives from his curiosity and desire for knowledge. Patrick’s heroism links him to the theme of power and authority as well as central conflicts throughout the novel. Firstly, Patrick’s heroism is exposed when his curiosity leads him to the Riverdale Library where he discovers Nicholas Temelcoff had worked on the Bloor Street Viaduct and was known as a daredevil. Patrick confronts Nicholas with a picture of him and some other workers: Patrick pulls out the photograph and places it in front of Temelcoff…Nicholas Temelcoff never looks back. He will drive the bakery van over the bridge with his wife and children and only casually mention his work there…Patrick’s gift, that arrow into the past, shows him the wealth in himself, how he has been sewn into history. Now he will begin to tell stories. (Ondaatje 148-149) Patrick’s curiosity drove him to research the workers of the Bloor Street Viaduct, in turn allowing Patrick to give Nicholas proof that he has been remembered by history, giving Nicholas the peace of mind he desires in order for him to tell his stories of the bridge. Secondly, Patrick carries out Alice’s legacy of rebelling against the rich which link Patrick to the umbrella

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