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Examinations On The Dismantling Of Canadian Multiculturalism In Rawi Hage’s Cockroach

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Rawi Hage’s Cockroach focuses on an unnamed immigrant of unclear, perhaps Lebanese, origin as he struggles to fit into his new life in Canada. The protagonist throughout the novel struggles to assimilate into Canadian culture, undermining people’s desire for him to integrate through imagining himself as a cockroach that scurries beneath society. By doing this, and through showing memories of his character’s traumatic past, Hage signifies the struggles, which many immigrants from warring countries face, in migrating to North America, contrasting the image Canada mostly promotes as being multicultural. Jesse Hutchinson proposes that the space created by Hage where the immigrant exists between the cultures of their homeland and their new country’s, is one of possibilities and where the protagonist can retain his cultural freedom (11), while Domenic A. Beneventi examines the class divides present between the privileged and the poor, noting how the latter experiences the city space as a place of poverty (263). Indeed, I am interested in the concept of multiculturalism through how Hage represents his immigrant characters, demonstrating that idea of Canada’s multiculturalism as flawed. Syrine Hout discusses trauma and its lasting effects on immigrant Lebanese writers and how their writing of traumatic events creates a lasting memorial to the Lebanese civil war effects (330), which I will draw upon to study how Hage gives voice to immigrants who struggle with memories of their old culture as well as fitting into their new country. This paper will examine the techniques used by Hage to give representation to the turmoil faced by struggling immigrants as they attempt integration into the supposed multiculturalism of Canadian society.
Examinations on Cockroach reveal the difficulty of the narrator in merging into the cultural mosaic that Canada prides itself upon reveal, what Hutchinson states, is that his ideal choice for immigrant integration is the reimagining of the self for exoticism by Canadians (7). This paper claims that Cockroach utilizes this statement to expose the fragility of the claim of Canadian multiculturalism, revealing the hidden difficulties in assimilating, as experienced by disenfranchised immigrants. In one scene the protagonist reminisces about his acquaintance, Reza, stating that he tells outlandish stories which appeal to the exoticism of fascinated Canadians (Hage 24-26). This scene showcases what scholars write as the immigrants’ dilemma to choose between appealing to the requirements to fit into Canadian culture by becoming an icon for non-immigrant Canadian citizens to fetishize, and resisting in non-conformity, represented through the narrator imagining himself as a cockroach (Hutchinson 1). He writes that this expresses the narrator’s desire to belong to the same society he rejects (Hutchinson 8), which I state is a result of the West as possibly putting on images of superiority to other cultures. This attitude brings an...

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