Salman Rushdie's Haroun And The Sea Of Stories

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Stories with Meaning in Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories Stories have a huge influence on so many people, they bring joy and happiness. They also resolve tons of problems. The author of this book is Salman Rushdie and the title of the book is Haroun and the Sea of Stories. The character Haroun and his father, the character Rashid go on an adventure to the magical land of Kahani, the Earth’s second moon. Haroun discovers that there is a point of telling stories because they have a major impact on the lives of so many. In Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie answers the question: what is the point of telling stories that are not even true through the influence that Rashid’s storytelling has on the people of Alifbay.…show more content…
Haroun is thinking about all of the people who find Rashid’s storytelling useful, such as the political parties. He is also thinking about how if the politicos got Rashid on their side, that all of their problems would be solved because his storytelling is so amazing. The politicos think he will get them more votes. “It was well known that if you could get Rashid’s making tongue on your side then all of your problems were over. Nobody ever believed anything a politico said, even though they pretended as hard as they could that they were telling the truth. (In fact, this was how everyone knew they were lying.) But everyone had complete faith in Rashid, because he always admitted that everything he told…show more content…
The people adore Rashid, so much that they will vote for anybody who has him on their side. In the story, Rashid is back in the Valley of K and he is performing for Mr. Buttoo and the people. He decides to tell them the story of Haroun and the Sea of Stories. The people of the Valley of K realize that they are exactly like the Chupwalas and that Mr. Buttoo and his henchmen are exactly like the Cultmaster Khattam-Shud and his henchmen. They do not want to vote for Mr. Buttoo and he leaves the Valley of K and never returns. “Whenever Rashid was talking about Khattam-Shud and the Union of the Zipped Lips, the whole audience stared very hard at Snooty Buttoo and his henchmen, who were sitting behind Rashid on the stage, looking less and less happy as the story unfolded…. Buttoo understood that the game was up, and went slinking with his henchmen off the stage. The crowd allowed him to escape, but pelted him with rubbish as he fled. Mr. Buttoo was never seen again in the Valley of K, which left the people of the Valley free to choose a leader they actually liked” (Rushdie 206, 207) Rashid’s stories have a big effect on people. These people make links between characters and decide to vote for a different leader. His storytelling helps and amazes so many different

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