M.A English, M.Ed (Osmania University), SET.
**Bondeni Sravan Kumar.
M.A English, B.Ed (Osmania University), SET.
M.A English, (Osmania University)
Saleem, the main protagonist in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is constantly moving from one place to another, either by design or by force. He does not stay in one place for more than a certain period of time. He becomes homeless and dispossessed when his father dies and from then he becomes rootless with no ground beneath his feet. He is further depicted in the novel as a kind of a picaro, a homeless person in search of a home.
This paper tries to analyze the ‘wanderings’ of Saleem and its affects on his personality. Does he feel the need to belong? Where does his heart lie as he moves from Bombay to Lahore to Sunderbans? Why does he have to move from one place to another at all, does the novel any clues to his nomadic nature. Or is Rushdie pointing at the fundamental and elemental nature of all mankind… that human beings are essentially rootless despite their impulse to belong to a place.