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The English Patient



This thesis explores the themes of rejuvenation and contradiction within Michael Ondaatje's novel, The English Patient. Through a detailed literary analysis, the work aims to uncover the complexities of human relationships, identity, and the aftermath of war as depicted in the novel.


The study begins by setting the context of The English Patient, outlining its significance in contemporary literature, and introducing the primary themes of rejuvenation and contradiction. It provides a brief overview of the novel’s plot, characters, and critical reception.


Utilizing a qualitative analysis approach, the thesis examines the narrative structure, character development, and thematic expressions in Ondaatje's work. Textual analysis and critical theory frameworks support the exploration of the novel's intricate layers.

Analysis and Discussion

The core of the thesis delves into the juxtaposition of rejuvenation and contradiction in the lives of the novel's characters, against the backdrop of World War II's desolation. It discusses how these themes manifest through the characters' interactions and individual stories.


In conclusion, the thesis argues that The English Patient serves as a profound exploration of the human condition, highlighting the potential for personal renewal amidst the contradictions of life and history. It underscores the novel's contribution to understanding the complexities of identity, memory, and healing.

Supervisor's Note

Mrs. Nisha.S commends the comprehensive analysis and insightful interpretation of The English Patient, emphasizing its significance in enriching the academic discourse on contemporary literature.