Envisioning Co-Existence: Exploring Responses to Migration in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit WestJournal: International Journal of English, Literature and Social Science (Vol.4, No. 6)
Publication Date: 2019-11-10
Authors : Jaspreet Singh;
Page : 1816-1818
Keywords : Co-existence; Harmony; Displacement; Migrant; Marginality; Survival.;
Migration is one of the most influential contemporary phenomena. With its Mass effects, migration is shaping the social fabrics, geopolitical positions, and paradigms of the world politics. Literature being a reflection and a product of its surrounding material conditions is also continuously depicting, analysing, comprehending and engaging with the phenomenon of migration. The presentpaper also aims at exploring the nature of the conflict of native-migrant, and possible alternatives to resolve this conflict as depicted in Mohsin Hamid's Exit West (2017).The text deals with the life of a young couple living in an unnamed city of an Asian country facing civil war. Thetext outlines their migrations due to the outbreak of war in their city.They in search of stable living conditions move from one to another place throughout the world, including Mykoons, London and San Francisco and the US. The text depicts their experiences as migrants in these places.An attempt will be made to analyse the phenomenon of Migration and experiences of Migrants. The study will further explore the narrative of the text to understand the dynamic positions of the characters in a binary framework of native and migrant. The study will extrapolate how the status of being migrantprioritize the ideas of survival.The study will further unravelthe struggles and efforts of the displaced human beings to reshape, reorganize their lives in new paradigms, and how displacement is not only limited to physical space but also affects the mental and social spaces. The paper will further investigate the role of harmonious living in the times of such mass level migrations.
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