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In this paper I seek to analyze the role mental illness plays in two of V.S Naipaul's works. Naipaul's own struggles with mental illness add an additional dimension to his treatment of the subject, however, the role that mental illness plays in his stories changes according to the social contexts of his characters. In this paper, I attempt to analyze the ways that different cultural situations affect the role that mental illness plays in a character's life.

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Aaron Eastley

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“We are all mad here”: The Changing Roles of Mental Illness in V. S. Naipaul’s Fiction

In this paper I seek to analyze the role mental illness plays in two of V.S Naipaul's works. Naipaul's own struggles with mental illness add an additional dimension to his treatment of the subject, however, the role that mental illness plays in his stories changes according to the social contexts of his characters. In this paper, I attempt to analyze the ways that different cultural situations affect the role that mental illness plays in a character's life.