Designation: Research Scholar at University of Allahabad, India.
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Estrangement, alienation, identity crisis, uprootedness are basically common characteristics of modern contemporary fiction. It is obvious that displacement and dislocation play a key role in bringing about a sense of unhomeliness, and this leads to the feelings of alienation and estrangement. The sense of alienation and estrangement is the feeling of being an outsider who doesn’t share his own culture and language in a different nation. “He said that if culture is a house, then language was the key to the front door; to all the rooms inside. Without it, he said, you ended up wayward, without a proper home or a legitimate identity ( Hosseini,362)”. The present paper aims to represent the impact of displacement on people and in what way people feel alienated outside their homeland. The paper also reflects the notions of those people who feel alienated even in their homeland. The purpose of this research paper is to demonstrate how the author Khaled Hosseini tries to reflect the feeling of estrangement through his third novel And the Mountains Echoed, his magnum opus.
Key Words: Rootlessness, Identity, Cultural Conflict, A Sense of Belonging