International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

ALIENATION, NAIPAUL AND MR BISWAS Mehmet
Recep TAS

Abstract
V.S.Naipaul is one of the most controversial postcolonial writer who is known to have generated controversy and to be the mouthpiece of a Eurocentric view. He is blamed and even hated for „having no loyalty?, as it is claimed, to his home country and his ethnicity. Additionally, it is claimed that he doesnt seem to show sympathy for the oppressed, as he generally looks at them „with contempt?, and criticize them with a severe language. In this article, taking Naipaul?s A House for Mr Biswas into consideration relying on Homi Bhabha?s notion of „unhomeliness? and Melvin Seeman?s highly influential five-fold classification of the theme of alienation, and considering Hegelian, and existentialist theories as regards the noition of alienation as well, I will argue that while, at first glance, he is likely to be blamed for having no loyalty for his culture, in fact; he is one of the postcolonial writers who has been trying to lead the people of once-colonized cultures to overcome the problems they have been entangled in by narrating and portraying their situations in an objective manner. He tries to instill a sense of alienation in the psyches of once colonized people first; in the form of „normlessness? (one of Melvin Seeman?s fivefold classification of the concept of alienation), and then in the form of which Hegel termed as “alienation as separation” which also resembles to the existential concept of alienation.

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