Nature and Treatment of Innocence as Perceived in R. K. Narayan’s Swami and Friends

  • Dr. M. R. KUMARASWAMY Assistant Professor of English, Gobi Arts and Science College, Gobichettipalayam-638453 (Tamilnadu)


Innocence is a quality or fact of being innocent, and is realized in a number of connotations. This frame of meaning serves as a point of reference, in analysing the nature and treatment of innocence in R.K.Narayan’s Swami and Friends. Narayan underlines several faces of innocence located in his child characters. The basic theme of illusion versus reality has been deceptively dramatized through the misadventures of Swami and his cronies in Swami and Friends. The nature of innocence in Swami and the other characters are analysed in this article as perceived by Narayan. Key Words: Innocence, illusion versus reality, cronies, rite de passage etc.


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