Theme of Alienation in English August: An Indian Story


  • Jay Prakash H.N.B. Gharwal University Shrinagar


Alienation, isolation, psychological study


Alienation is the basic form of rootlessness and isolation which forms the subject of many
psychological, sociological, literary and philosophical studies. Alienation is a major theme of
human condition in the contemporary era. It is only natural that a pervasive phenomenon like
alienation should leave such an indelible impact upon the contemporary literature. Alienation
emerges as natural consequence of existential predicament both in intrinsic and extrinsic terms.
The theme of alienation has been variously dealt with persistently and unflinchingly in modern
literature. The alienated protagonist is a recurrent figure in much of the twentieth century
American, European and Third World fiction. Alienation in its various forms has been dealt with in
the existentialistic literature. It is donating historical and socio-cultural reasons, the Indo-English
literature also, could not remain unaffected by it. Alienation is the result of loss of identity. The
dispossessed personality's search for identity is a common place theme in modern fiction. Man fails
to perceive today the very purpose behind life and the relevance of his existence in a hostile
world. Edmund Fuller remarks that in our age "man suffers not only from war, persecution, famine
and ruin, but from inner problems --------- a conviction of isolation, randomness
,meaninglessness in his way of existence ".The paper will discuss and analyze theme of alienation
in the novel of Upamanyu Chatterjee in English August. The novel shows sense of alienation and
isolation. Protagonist of the novel feels alienation and isolation

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Jay Prakash. (2016). Theme of Alienation in English August: An Indian Story. BRICS JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, 6(4), 269-270. Retrieved from