Motif of the Desert in "The English Patient" Analytical Essay by -

Motif of the Desert in "The English Patient"
An examination of the motif of the desert in "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaajte, as a parallel to life itself, not just for the main character, but for humanity.
# 1124 | 1,010 words | 1 source | 2000 | US
Published on Aug 28, 2001 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , English (General) , Literature (General) , Language (General)

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?After spending ten years in the desert, the English patient is a shadow of his former self. Everything the English patient experiences in the desert is very short lived, and this is compared to the difficulty in finding an ample amount of water. The English patient speaks of water as the " . . . ghost between your hands and your mouth" and notes that "In the desert you celebrate nothing but water" (19; ch. 1 | 23; ch. 1). This strengthens the idea that nothing in the desert is permanent, and everything is valuable. In this sense, the desert represents not only the English patient's life, but life in general.?

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