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A Literary Analysis Of The Usage Of Duality Of Human Nature In A Devoted Son

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In the text, a Devoted Son, by Anita Desai, there is a boy that is raised and becomes extremely intelligent, and brings great honors to his family, as they were illiterate. One day, the boy, Rakesh, got his exam grades back, and they were amazing! He soon went to America to get his degree and become a doctor. Things went well and all for Rakesh, he got his doctors degree, and even found a girl and married her. One day, Rakesh found out that his father had become very sick, and he had to take care of him. Things went well until one day, his father started thinking that his son wasn’t treating him right, so they began to fight! Finally, the father decided to give up on life, because he wasn’t ...view middle of the document...

The story is all based around the fact that the father grows sick, and is unable to take care of him. These are the two sides of health in human nature, healthy and unhealthy. “ One day when the father was really sick, having ordered his daughter-in-law to make him a dish of soojie halwa and eaten it with a saucerful of cream, Rakesh marched into the room, not with his usual respectful step but with the confident and rather contemptuous stride of the famous doctor, and declared, ‘No more halwa for you, papa. We must be sensible at your age…’” (Pg. 1424). These lines talk about how the father is extremely sick, and the son is not, and he actually tells the father what to do.
Lastly, Desai uses the duality of human nature in A Devoted Son, by showing generation differences. The father and the son in the story are definitely different. The father is more of a traditional person, only wanting his native, traditional treatments for his sickness. Yet, the son in the story becomes a doctor in America, so his thoughts are a bit...

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