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Interior Monologue in part 2 of Maps

 Interior monologue is defined as a passage of writing presenting a character’s inner thoughts and emotions in a direct, sometimes disjointed or fragmentary manner. In Maps by Nuruddin Farah, Askar’s personality is split and shifts in identification throughout the first, second, and third- person sections of the book. The use of interior monologue is continued throughout the length of the novel. Farah’s use of third, second, and first person narrators are used facilitate the use of interior monologue and how  falls through with the Askar’s journey for self identification. Shifting the narrative throughout the first and second chapters from second person and then first. Farah creates a unique story that Chronicles the journey of one young man (Askar), from the different points of view of Askar (first, second, and third person narrators). The significance of using first person in the second part of Maps shows Askar’s identity crises is coming full circle and it becomes clear that Misra is part of his identity issues. As stated in the novel and by others in their posts, Askar believes that Misra is his “Cosmos”, that he is part of her—-an extension of her. He uses this to create meaning  in his search for self actualization, as he is plagued with the need to separate and create his own identity (Somalia’s struggle for independence), this is conveyed through the use of the interior monologue.


  1. danamnajib says:

    Not only did I enjoy reading this post because it was straight to the point, but also due to the presentation of some interesting ideas which fed my thought. Your statement asserting the significance of using first person in the second part of Maps shows Askars identity crises is coming “full circle” really caught my eye. Looking back at myself analyzing the use of different points of view, I realized I had only applied the unique use of narrative technique to the way the story is told and how we interpret the story based on the narrative structure. Looking further into first person narrative and its relation to the development of interior monologue in part two of Maps, I’m able to see that the more frequent use of first person interior monologue is an indicator, a symbol, a sign, which foreshadows Askar’s finally impending rise to the discovery of who he truly is. Nice job!

  2. moss28 says:

    Like Dana previously stated, your post is right to the point. It clearly explains what interior monologue is and then goes on to apply it in the novel. I like your statement about Askar’s identity crisis and how Misra is actually apart of it. The points of view play a significant role in this novel, and tying that back with the interior monologue helped me that Askar’s search for self actualization, is actually symbolizing Somalia’s struggle for independence

  3. mariamkhan612 says:

    I agree with Dana that your blogpost was straight to the point and that it was intriguing. I like how you addressed the use of point of view and how that correlates to Askars development of self identification. The use of different points of view symbolizes Askars steps to becoming someone. Good Job.

  4. sufyansheikh says:

    Your blog post is a very enjoyable read and I agree with you that interior monologue is very important to this particular story. The changes in points of view is very confusing in the beginning but really helps complete the story and gives a lot of meaning in the end.

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