Speaker Analysis of Journey to Dharmsala by Rohinton Mistry
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Journey to Dharmsala is a very interesting narrative story that explores the history of the world, explorations and travels that sought to explain a phenomenal about how certain things came to existence. In Journey to Dharmsala, Mistry recalls his visit to Dharmsala which helped him to find his own home. The rhetoric analysis of this narrative will focus on the speaker who is the persona of the story. Moreover, the analysis seeks to prove that the speaker not only visited Dharmsala for exploration and tourist interests only but also for something deeper touching on his religion and spiritual discovery. Mistry uses personal anecdotes and tells this story in an intimate way that makes every reader to lend him his or her ear in order hear the whole events that were taking place in the story.
Though Mistry does not characterize himself in a way to show that there is something specific he wants to sample in the country, his passion and interest in the land makes the reader think that he is up to something personal in Dharmsala. He says, “Then by a quirk of fate I undertook a different journey, a journey ten thousand miles long, to Canada, and I often thought about the irony of it. So this time, back in Bombay to visit family and friends, not monsoon rain or ticket queues nor diarrhea nor avalanches could keep me away from Dharmsala” (Mistry, P. 41). This excerpt in itself had something personal to the speaker as he was even shocked why he travelled to Canada some ten thousand miles away while Dharmsala was only a thousand miles from Bombay. Indeed he was looking for spiritual discovery in Dharmsala. The speaker on his way round in Dharmsala visited several places but at last, St. John Church backyard marked his suitable place to refle...
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...ike the refugees who were living peacefully with each other.
Finally, the speaker had found tranquility in his life in Dharmsala and there is no way he was going back to his hometown Bombay. In fact, he wanted to stay longer and make more discoveries about himself now that he was an adult and he needed to make up his mind about where to stay and what to do with his life. By finding peace and building a strong relationship with Dharmsala, perhaps he was indicating that he too want to remain in Dharmsala and even be buried there. He had accomplished his childhood dream and perhaps just like Lord Elgin, maybe he could find his vocation there and serve the people of Dharmsala.
Mistry, Rohinton. “Journey to Dharmsala”. The Reader: Contemporary Essays and Writing Strategies. Ed. Caroline Meyer and Bruce Meyer. Toronto: Prentice Hall, 2001: 38-52. Print.