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Between Leaving and Returning Home: An Exile's Travel in V. S. Naipaul's The Enigma of Arrival
V. S. Naipaul
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This thesis aims to examine how V. S. Naipaul's sense of being in-between is represented in The Enigma of Arrival. Most of the criticisms about Naipaul's sense of being in-between focus on his homeless anxiety and regard it as the psychological reaction toward his homeland, Trinidad. However, this thesis draws attention to the value of home(s) and Naipaul's border-position in his writings. Chapter One examines the value of home(s) in Naipaul's writings and the real home in his mind. Chapter Two compares Naipaul's travel writings and William Wordsworth's travel narratives in order to explore the complexity of Naipaul's writing on the border. Chapter Three investigates the relationship between the narrator Victor and the other characters in Wiltshire to emphasize the broadening of Naipaul's worldview, which is indebted to his recognition of his own in-between position. In conclusion, this thesis maintains that Naipaul's The Enigma of Arrival testifies to the shift of his writing style and philosophy, and argues against the accusation that Naipaul is an informant with the Western spectacles.
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