"The Prophet's Hair" by Salman Rushdie Analytical Essay by MichaelDerwent

An analysis of the significance of religion within the short story "The Prophet's Hair" by Salman Rushdie.
# 146558 | 1,572 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Jan 04, 2011 in Literature (World) , Religion and Theology (Islam)

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The paper examines how Salman Rushdie combines dramatic story telling with serious underlying issues in the form of a simple, fairytale-style parable, "The Prophet's Hair". The paper analyzes the genre of the story, the use of icons, the pace and style of the writing and the use of metaphors. The paper highlights Rushdie's message that the human need for motivation can be destructive, whether it is a selfish lust for wealth or a seemingly honest but blind devotion to religious practices.

From the Paper:

"'The Prophet's Hair' by Salman Rushdie combines dramatic story telling with serious underlying issues in a very poignant short story presented in the form of a simple, fairytale-style parable. This allows the author to deal with some very important as well as highly controversial issues in a light-hearted and playful fashion. Rushdie's philosophy is that everybody should be able to freely express their opinion in writing, "A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return." (O Magazine, April 2003) (1). The story deals with the two main issues at the forefront of modern human consciousness, wealth and religion."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Families Online Magazine. (2003). Available at: http://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/work-at-home/quotes/quotes27.html (Accessed: 2 November 2010).
  • World 66. (2010). Available at: http://www.world66.com/asia/southasia/india/jammuandkashmir/srinagar/history (Accesses 4 November 2010).
  • KCS. (2007) Associated Content . Available at: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/226858/analysis_rushdies_the_prophets_hair.html?cat=4 (Accessed: 3 November 2010).
  • 'opening it to radical doubt; suspending it at the very extreme of the line between the sacred and the profane' (The Desecrated Shrine: Movable icons and literary irreverence in Salman Rushdie's the Prophet's Hair Fiona Richards) Leeds Universty.
  • Krane, J. (2010) The F Word. Available at: http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2010/05/muslim_women_re (Accessed: 3 November 2010).

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