Sunday, June 20, 2010

Art of Characterisation - Ahmed Ali

“Twilight in Delhi” by Ahmed Ali is a unique piece of literature in the History of Third World Literature. Ahmed Ali has used descriptive method to show the characters in the novel’s plot development, every character is close to the actual condition of Delhi, his realistic mode of expression in describing the relation of plot and character is remarkable. The opening section of the novel and its first chapter seems as a prologue to city’s actual condition and its inhabitants.
Mainly the whole is based on historical facts and figures of the India in 1857 till the early part of twentieth century. Apart from this novel it is a story of a character Mir Nihal. Mir Nihal seems as a protagonist of the novel, showed every habit and attitude which the Muslims had in that condition. His son Asgher is another Major character of the novel, seems a part from Mir Nihal’s view of life. He adopts the new trends and ways. Which British has introduced in this society. But at root he is the same as the Muslim generation ignorant, frustrated, confused, not able to get a particular direction or we can say “a directionless new generation”.
Ahmed Ali also shows complete picture of female society Female characters like Begum Nihal Dilchain, Babban jan, Begum Shahbaz, Bilqeece, and Zohra; all of them are the part and parcel of this man made community. They have their own ways of living which the outside world not able to comprehend and they themselves are also not able to comprehend that how they spend their frustrated life.
        It seems that Ali tried his level best to maintain a connection between the characters and the historical events. Because every character closely by resembled with the actual condition. The events of the 14 September 1857 which are described in the twilight of Delhi, have close relation with them. There are also many historical events which are portrayed in this novel like Mir Nihal and Begam Nihal’s remembering about the pathetic conditions of British tyrany.
So if we look at Ali’s art of characterization on big canvass then we can say; he has used direct indirect way of describing the characters. Every character, from its appearance to his way of life, is remarkably close to reality. So it can said that Ahmed Ali brilliantly portrayed the whole condition of Delhi and her inhabitants and his art of characterization shows his sagacity and brilliance of thought.

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