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In a Free State Symbols & Objects

V.S. Naipaul
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Travel

Travel symbolizes the opportunity for characters to leave their home and old life behind, as they can move somewhere else and create a new life for themselves. During travel, characters such a Santosh begin to realize the foreignness of their new world, and become overwhelmed by it. Travel is also the only action available for someone with no nationality, such as the tramp in the Prologue, who has been traveling all his life and does not have a definite home.

American Media

In both "One Out of Many" and "Tell Me Who to Kill," American film and television symbolize an ideal of life abroad that is inaccessible to the central characters. Santosh spends his early days in Washington D.C trying to understand American life by watching television programs, but realizes eventually that the life he knows is different from the one that is presented through...

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