Dizin Eklenmedi

Vapors from the Earth: Criticism of American Society through the Myth of Pythia in Salman Rushdie’s Fury

Received: 2014-08-25 Accepted: 2014-09-23 Published: 2014-11-10



Salman Rushdie ostensibly bases his novel Fury (2001) on the myth of the “Furies”, yet he employs several other myths from the classical tradition as tools tostructure the narrative, develop character and critique the culture of New York City. This paper will focus on Rushdie’s particular recreation of one of them, the myth of Pythia, in his examination of certain aspects of American society. First I will analyze the character and role of the narrator Malik Solankaas he becomes a sort of modern-day Pythia in his frenzied, hallucinatory behavior and prophetic statements. Then I will discuss Rushdie’s techniques inretelling this myth in order to make it function as a metaphor for consumerist society. In the final section, I will take Rushdie’s intentional distortion of the myth further, revealing how,in its altered form, it lends itself to a comparison with the concept of the “melting pot”, which Rushdie thereby unveils as an idealistic and fraudulent national narrative of the United States


Keywords: CPythia, New York City, consumerism, melting pot


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