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Analyzing a Source That Pertains to Haroun and the Sea of Stories Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a intriguing tale that could easily be classified as a childrens story but beneath its surface it shows one mans struggle to overcome censorship and religious persecution Mark McDannald of Washington and Lee University has written a series of essays on this story His work The Allegorical Defiance of Censorship in Rushdies Haroun and the Sea of Stories is an insightful critique on a major literary effort He views Haroun and the Sea of Stories as an allegory that expresses Salman Rushdies desire to battle censorship in the world of literature while fulfilling his duties of being a good father to his son Throughout his essays McDannald remains unbiased favoring neither Rushdie nor the Fatwa in his analysis Although he is not the novels author Mr McDannald uncovers the Rushdies underlying intentions and stories by employing textual support and certain literary devices while maintaining his objectivity According to McDannald Rushdie has created a novel which itself is like seas of stories He stresses the authors artistic use of allegory which continually enhances the storys depth and appeal He sees the storys primary motif as this use of allegories even in novels title The hell and repercussions that censorship has visited upon Rashid the authors fictional counterpart are clearly meant to reflect Rushdies real world after writing The Satanic Verses McDannald rightly identifies the extreme characteristics of the city of endless sunshine the Land of Gup and the Land of Chup the city stuck in the middle of the night as being allegorical Gup and Chup are opposite sides of the moon and through them Rushdie Mohan 2 hopes to define a middle ground a compromise Rushdie makes it apparent that neither city can thrive in an atmosphere of one solitary idea or belief He successfully makes the case for openness and debate His allegories
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