HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES is a novel in the form of a fable, a postmodern allegory disguised as a children’s book whose seriousness cannot be separated from its joyous celebration of the storyteller’s art. The hero of the book is himself the son of a storyteller, as is the reader acrostically inscribed on the dedication page, Rushdie’s own son, Zafar, from whom he has been separated since the late Ayatollah Khomeini issued his death sentence against the author of THE SATANIC VERSES (1988). Haroun’s troubles begin when his mother leaves her husband, Rashid Kalifa, for a man opposed to fable, more firmly grounded in fact. Distraught, Rashid, the Ocean of Notions and Shah of Blah, loses his gift of gab, his ability to tell stories. In a dream, Haroun comes to the rescue. Guided by a Water Genie named Iff and traveling on the back of a mechanical bird named Butt, he goes to Kahani, Earth’s other moon, to convince the Wizard of Oz-like grand Comptroller of P2C2Es—Processes too Complicated to Explain—to restore his father’s supply of story water. Nothing is simple, however, not even on Kahani, where war is about to break out between the gentle, credulous, light-loving, ever chattering, and the shadowy Chupwalas, led by the fearsome Khattam-Shud, “the Prince of Silence and the Foe of Speech,” whose very name means “the end” and whose plan, the opposite of Haroun’s, is to put an end to all stories by poisoning the sea and plugging its source....
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Essay Topic 1
Writing style is an important element of fiction writing. "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" is no exception. Write an essay that explores the writing style of the author, Salman Rushdie. Address various components of writing such as perspective, sentence structure, diction, and grammar in your work. Explain how these things contribute to the flow of the narrative. Be sure the provide examples to support your work.
Essay Topic 2
The protagonist is the most important character to the plot. Without Haroun there would be no "Haroun and the Sea of Stories". Write an essay that explores the different aspects of Haroun's character. What is Haroun like at the beginning of the story? How does his character evolve as the story progresses and he is forced overcome obstacles and problems? How do his interactions with different characters change as the plot progresses? Explain your rationale by providing...
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