Strong Urge for Racial and Gender Identity amid the Cultural Chaos in Shyam Selvaduarai’s Funny Boy

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  • Dr. Santosh Kumar J. Mishra Assistant Professor, Department of English, K.V. Pendharkar College, Dombivli, Mumbai, India

Keywords:

Buddhism, Homosexuality, Violence, Hierarchy, Sexuality

Abstract

The Sri-Lankan author Shyam Selvadurai colours his imagination within the racial experiences, gender hierarchy and ethical society of the place to share the world unfolded social dichotomy of the place where the conflict between the Tamils and Singhalese is the key problem of the society which needs to be changed and flexible granting freedom and choice to people promoting the democratic values and the social values as well. The novel Funny Boy paints beautifully to the urge of a child for his choice and freedom on the sensitive issue of race and gender like. The violence between Buddhist Sinhala Majority people and Hindu Tamil Minority due to the issue of homosexuality is central cultural thread which affects the mindset of the youths in the country. The novel reveals the extended chaos, troubles and tensed environment involving consistent fights and clashes of the people in Sri-Lankan society happening frequently.

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Published

2016-04-30

How to Cite

Dr. Santosh Kumar J. Mishra. (2016). Strong Urge for Racial and Gender Identity amid the Cultural Chaos in Shyam Selvaduarai’s Funny Boy. The Creative Launcher, 1(1), 22–29. Retrieved from https://www.thecreativelauncher.com/index.php/tcl/article/view/352

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