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The Ending (Paradise of the Blind)

The timing of a novel’s ending is a concept that is clearly given, but the emotion in which the novel ends is not. Therefore, it is up to the reader to decide which emotion they believe the novel ended on (Lodge, 224).

Here Lodge states that the novel ends in a way that is not debatable. However, the real debate is how the reader may feel at the end of the novel.  According to Lodge some novels provide a multi emotional ending. When providing a multi emotional ending the author needs to create a scene where he provides detailed evidence on the characters emotional background. When Reading Paradise of the Blind we notice how Hang completely went against Aunts Tams wish on her death bad. She took all of her jewelry and sold it and she even sold the house and left the village. Right after Hang betrays her aunt, the story ends in a good way by saying she will finish her dream. By doing this, the author mixes two emotions to make the reader understand Hangs personality.

Lodge says “Every novel must tell a story. And there are three types of story, the story that ends happily, the story that ends unhappily, and the story that ends neither happily nor unhappily, or , in other words doesn’t really end at all”

Lodge makes this statement by simply splitting the ending of a novel into three categories. Many stories end either with a happy ending or a sad ending. Many people don’t think of a novel ending with no emotion or with both emotions. However, Paradise of the Blind ends in a way where multiple emotions are shown. After Hang betrays her Aunt she says that she will try to continue her dream to finish college. The book ends there, we have no evidence to find out what will happen with Hang.




Lodge enables readers of any novel to understand that the ending of a novel can indeed provide a greater understanding of characters, and even provide a perspective of great irony. This is because in some cases, what a reader initially views the character to be, might indeed change (Lodge, 226).

            Lodge says this to prove, that the end of a novel doesn’t only affect our emotion but can affect the characters. The end of the Paradise of the blind shows the personality change of Hang. Hang throughout the book was known as a very respectable character, so when she betrayed her aunt the reader must’ve been shocked. It was very Ironic of Hang to betray her Aunt when she was specifically told not to. Lodge proves to the reader that Hang may have been respectful and thoughtful during the story but in the end chooses herself over everything


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