Sohrab and Tehmul in "Such a Long Journey" Book Review by Nicky

Sohrab and Tehmul in "Such a Long Journey"
An analysis of the significance of the characters of Sohrab and Tehmul in "Such a Long Journey" by Rohinton Mistry.
# 145881 | 1,702 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2010 in Literature (World)

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The paper examines how Rohinton Mistry uses Sohrab and Tehmul, the son and surrogate-son, to comment on the characters of Gustad and Dilnavaz. The paper shows how both of these characters are central to the story; Tehmul is the "jester" of the story that helps Gustad recognize his own emotions and stubbornness, while Sohrab is the wedge that drives the family apart but eventually brings it together in a successful reunion. The paper discusses how these two characters shed light on the parents' own relationship, how much they care for their children, and what idiosyncrasies they have.

From the Paper:

"It is quite clear Gustad is a family man who loves his family and would do anything for them. In the past, he risked his life and was injured saving his son from a car accident, so it is clear he is a good father and husband. He wants more for his children, as most parents do, which is why he is so adamant about Sohrab attending IIT. The author shows this by the tension at the dinner table when Sohrab tells his father he does not want to attend the Institute. Mistry writes, "'Yes, we will eat,' said Gustad, 'but,' to Sohrab, 'what is the matter suddenly?' 'It's not suddenly. I'm sick and tired of IIT, IIT, IIT all the time. I'm not interested in it. I'm not a jolly good fellow about it, and I'm not going there'" (Mistry 48). Gustad is so incensed he disowns his son, and Sohrab moves out."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Mistry, Rohinton. Such a Long Journey. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.

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