Salman Rushdie’s “The Courter.” is an example of a story that uses popular culture references to address the events and the feelings of. xT\.s A WRITER, Salman Rushdie is claimed by the critics of both. India and Britain, celebrated for revitalizing not only the Indian novel in English, but the British. 1 The Courter Passage Analysis The Courter is a post-colonial text, highlighting the This suggests that beneath England superficially civil, 1 Salman Rushdie.

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I am an active freelance writer and business owner. I have a BA in English and writing is my first love and my highest service. The dominant culture presents the allure of freedom, personal advancement and escape from the repressiveness of what is considered to be old and familiar within his culture. However, with these freedoms come a different kind of oppressiveness—a reminder of the cultural and racial disrespect experienced by the oppressed culture within their own homeland as a result of European conquest.

The Courter by Salman Rushdie

This diasporic oppression creates a self-contempt and cultural contempt, as well as a schizophrenic mindset within the oppressed as they endure the pulls of advancement and the need to assimilate—likewise, the retention of family, culture and values which stems from their connection to their homeland pulls in another direction.

The most obvious of assimilation methods made known within the story is a universal one—the artistic mode of music. In this respect, America makes its own global hegemonic influential presence within the story. Many musical references were made by the narrator concerning himself and his siblings.

It appears that the children seemed negotiate themselves within their new surroundings by using the music of the day as a guidepost. Not only were they able to navigate their surroundings, but they also shaped their personas around the fashions and music of that time, most of which were not uniquely British, but American.

At fifteen, Rushdie describes himself and his siblings as generally insolent when it came to their relations with the adults around them.

As with any minority peoples, there is also the creolization of the native tongues upon the merging of different cultures.

Rushdie describes how he and his siblings were able to cleverly amalgamate their native tongue and the language and meanings of the dominant culture to describe the adults they encountered. As a result, they came up with cute names to fit the characters of these persons. Mary named and defined him without even being aware of what she had done. His breath made a little dwindling picture of the word on the glass. People called him many things, he did not mind.

But this name, this courter, this he would try to be. Within the text, Rushdie brings to light the use of universal language by immigrants to bridge the gap between language barriers. Mecir and Mary become fond of one another and resort to forms of non-verbal communication in order to convey their feelings for one another.

Like Mary, Mecir also speaks in broken English and appears to be extremely accommodating to others in order to avoid confrontation and not to attract problems. One ominous form of universal communication for Mecir is the game of chess. By teaching Mary how to play, Mecir was able to solidify his bond with Mary. The strategy he used, the Nimzo-Indian Defenseis a chess opening move utilized on the master levels of chess.

Rushdie, having privilege, was unable to see the worth in these old people, so he made fun of them and gave them funny nicknames. After a severe beating from the both of them in the game of chess, he found out that Mecir was a published Grand Master and Mary, despite her caste thusly, her educationwas able to quickly grasp the concept of chess on a master level and beat Rushdie, a skilled player. By the text, one can assume rushhdie in India, elders are shown respect regardless of their caste.


Mary also alludes to this fact when she explains how she is able to deal with his father during his difficult, drunken dispositions when no one else can.

She said it was because she was nine years his senior, she could tell him to show due respect. This denotes a lower caste. Instead of sleeping with the family, she sleeps on a mat outside in the hallway.

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In this respect, the family holds rushdif to some of the cultural morays of their homeland. The father also displays some personal dissatisfaction with his life in London. According to Rushdie, his father Abbainitially, was always in a bad disposition, drank heavily and isolated himself from his family. Field Marshal denotes military rank. The Dodo, according to Rushdie, appeared to be awkward in his British surroundings. Mecir is mercilessly attacked by dangerous hoods looking for other tenants.

The hoods in both rsuhdie represent the racist attitudes of the dominant culture towards minorities in their land. In the latter case, especially, the hoods see the two Indian women as the same as all the rest. They may envision them as exotic because of their dark skin, alien culture and gender.

Because of the actions of a few, these two decent women are herded in with all the rest and treated accordingly.

We are decent ladies; fleas. A blade caught the light. Fuck zalman fucking wog arses. In the end, everyone followed their personal happiness—the father and the family move to Pakistan and Rushdie stays in London and experiences the freedom he so desires–to make choices on his own, independent of his father and at the risk of losing touch with himself—his soul.

In many ways, I personally can relate courtet Rushdie and his experience in London. As an African-American woman and lesbian, I can understand the need to be acceptable to a larger, more dominant society, all the while white-knuckling my individuality—my authenticity. Like Rushdie and his siblings, I learned early on the art of code-switching on many levels. However, when the doors are shut and the lights are off, one has to concede to their innermost self who they really are and what truly makes them happy.

If that person is wise, like Rushdie and Certainly-Mary, they will make the hard choices and follow their bliss. This, in turn, courrer ease the schizophrenic insanity that comes with social and racial oppression and would be a catalyst in the quest for true personal and spiritual advancement.

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The Use and Misuse of Language As with any minority peoples, there is also the creolization of the native tongues upon the merging of different cultures.

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