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In a Free State Themes & Motifs

V.S. Naipaul
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Dangers of Leaving Home

Throughout the book, different characters leave their homes in an attempt to find something better, or to reinvent themselves, but they end up being assaulted—politically, spiritually, and physically—by foreign forces, and they are reminded directly that they are outsiders.Any immigrant’s journey prompts him to seek out a better life, either because the past no longer exists or his sights are sight on a future that always seems to be out of reach. The characters in these stories hold on to the hope of a new life as they move abroad, look for a spiritual fulfillment, and seekacceptance into a society that will allow the escape of past demons. But each effort is thwarted, and the individual is left in an unenviable, purgatorial position, where they are not welcome in their new world but cannot go back, since the old...

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