AUTHOR: Arif Rashid Shah, Shuaib Mohmmad Bhat and Nargis Akhter
TITLE :EXISTENTIALISM AND ALIENATION: AN ANALYTICAL STUDY OF ARUN JOSHI’S SELECT WORKS
ABSTRACT:This paper investigates the existentialism and alienation in the Arun Joshi’s select works. Arun Joshi one of the most prominent Indo–English writers of Post-colonial Era of Indian Literary arena, has bequeathed five novels and a collection of dozen short stories to be embedded with widened thematic and stylistic scopes. Indeed, psychology has been used as a powerful instrument by Joshi to bring out the mental aberration suffered by most of his protagonists, but not more. Though his writings superficially resemble those of Western existentialist writers who harp on the futility and negation of life and existence divine, Joshi is deeply preoccupied with bringing out the essence of Indian ethos whose role is inevitable in all facets of life not only for the ancient ones, but also for the baffled contemporary youngster, whether he be Indian or alien. So, bearing in mind that Existentialism in the modern context is an old wine in a new cup, a new name for an ancient method of Buddhism and Upanishads which insist only on the knowledge of self, this analysis is based on the fact that Man, being a victim of ignorance of his innate tenderness of morality becomes selfish which leads to a sense of blankness over the spirit that makes the world a waste and a vain show.
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