The Guide As A Post-Colonial Novel Essay

1036 WordsMar 26, 20095 Pages
R.K.Narayan’s “The Guide” as a post–colonial novel. That Narayan’s “The Guide” was written after the British colonial rule over India had been over is not all about its rich post-colonial elements. At bottom, the post-colonial India was vastly in a state of transition – the society then fast undergoing the changing process of amalgamation of both the native traditions and European modernity or sophistication. As Chinua Achebe in his “Man of the People”, so also Narayan here through the story of an individual showed a general attempt of the society to re-adjust, after the great shock of the severe colonial experience. This shock led the Indian society, in spite of all its traditions, to the beginning of its advent into the modern technological age. Raju in “The Guide” like Achebe’s Odily in “Man of the People” appears liberated from the restriction of traditional beliefs and observances. For Raju, self-interest appears to be the only guide to lead him on. He has absolutely no compunction in posing the holy man, since it ensures the easy livelihood at the expense of the poor villagers. Earlier also, he committed forgery to ensure continuance of his luxurious life-style through the exploitation of the woman he supposedly loves. He is, in a sense, an anti-hero acquiring the distinct aspect of a parasite. Raju shows the same self-interest even in a kind of calculated callousness that undercuts any suggestion of idealism or romance. Rosie is another man’s wife. Raju knows that fully well and is totally unaffected by the fact that Rosie comes of the low caste of the temple-dancers. He adopts a calculated, deliberate kind of strategy, trying out particular tactics and detachedly assessing his success even with the woman. Raju assesses his progress in the seduction of Rosie with similar calculation: “ I praised her
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