Bharati Mukherjee Writing Styles in The Middleman

This Study Guide consists of approximately 29 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Middleman.
This section contains 640 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Middleman Study Guide

Narration

This story is told from the first person restricted point of view, which means that the events of the story are presented to the reader from the perspective of one character in the story, in this case Alfie Judah. This first-person narrative is important to Mukherjee's concern with immigrant Americans struggling to formulate a sense of self and a sense of cultural identity within their new environment. As Fakrul Alam has pointed out, "In most of the stories collected in The Middleman and in her third novel, Mukherjee eschews the omniscient/superior perspective she had adopted earlier and attempts to allow her new Americans to tell their own stories."

Setting

This story is set in an unnamed or fictitious Latin American country in which guerilla rebels are attempting a revolution. However, the story's setting is clearly meant to evoke real historical locations and political struggles in such Latin...

(read more from the Style section)

This section contains 640 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Middleman Study Guide
Copyrights
Literature of Developing Nations for Students
The Middleman from Literature of Developing Nations for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.