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The Making of a Heroine: A Female Character as Portrayed in The English Patient By Michael Ondaatje

Zainab Sameer Shakir

Volume: 12 Issue: 3 2022


This article discusses how women have significant abilities to cope with the difficulties of war times. They are not the weak and vulnerable victims who are thought to be. On the contrary, they have the power to control over many-sided fronts, like participating in the battlefield as nurses or activists for peace, or even fighters, as well as through the tasks and responsibilities assigned to them to protect and support their families during wartime. The researcher will examine the impact of war upon women. Like men, women suffer during wartime. They are being injured, tortured and killed. Yet, they are able to give examples of love and courage even in the difficult times of war. Hana is one of those women who lived during wartimes, she is supposed to have a beautiful life at the age of twenty one, but she finds herself in Italy taking care of the English Patient leaving all the chances of happy life behind to dedicate herself for becoming a nurse. Michael Ondaatje in his novel The English Patient (1992) has chosen the medical field for Hana for it is an important step in healing and treating the mentality before the body. The English Patient shows the life of women though wartime and it succeeds in depicting how Hana insists on living strongly.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.37648/ijrssh.v12i03.019

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