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Midnight's Children Questions

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  1. Why do you think Midnight's Children is divided into three sections?
  2. What will the future of Aadam Sinai's India in the novel look like? Will it be better than Saleem's? Worse? What does it have to do with abracadabra?
  3. Why is time so disjointed in Midnight's Children?
  4. Rushdie's style has been called hysterical realism. Why do you think Rushdie uses this style to describe such a tumultuous time in India's history instead of a more straightforward one?
  5. How would Midnight's Children change if Saleem didn't die? Does he have to die?
  6. Is Saleem a reliable narrator? Why or why not?
  7. Saleem's death is pretty peculiar—he cracks into tiny fragments and is crushed. Why fragments? Does this have something to do with the structure of the novel? What about the theme?
  8. Midnight's Children is a story within a story, and sometimes a story within a story within a story. Is it possible to tell Saleem's tale as just a normal plot? How would that change the novel and its message?
  9. What do pickles have to do with it?
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