Study Guide

Midnight's Children Sex

By Salman Rushdie


You thought you knew everything about sex—some orifice does something with some other body part, bada bing bada boom. But in Midnight's Children, sex is more than just that. It's hopes, dreams, and even the powers of ancient Hindu gods. Let's get this straight: Sex is a big deal and birth control isn't just a walk down the street to your local gynecologist in this novel. It's life or death.

Questions About Sex

  1. What is the significance of impotence in Midnight's Children? Which men in the novel are impotent? Which men are fertile?
  2. What is the relationship between fertility and the midnight's children? Why does The Widow's procedure remove their powers?
  3. Are there any sexually satisfied couples in the novel? What happens to the couples that are not sexually satisfied?

Chew on This

Sex is just physical in Midnight's Children.

Sex is physical, metaphorical, religious, and all other kinds of things in the novel.