The Politics of Home and Identity in V.S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men

  • Joseph Asangaeneng
  • Monica Udoette


The motive of "home" and "identity" seems to be a recurrent one in African-Diasporan literature, especially the literature of the Caribbeans. This study presents V. S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men as a postcolonial novel that depicts the effects of colonialism on colonized people. The article clarifies the influence of colonialism on identity and how it affects the social, political, and psychological aspects of the people of a small Caribbean Island. The study highlights the manifestations related to the impact of colonization on self-identity and psychological confusion. The paper concludes that characters are emblematic of home and identity crisis and attest to the mimicry of displaced men.

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