Gaps And Silences In Ahmad Ali’s Twilight In Delhi: A Marxist Critique

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Shaukat Ali , Kashif Ahmad , Mohammad Muazzam Sharif , Hoor Shamail Khattak , Sana Riaz


This paper explores the function and significance of gaps and silences in Ahmad Ali’s Twilight in Delhi. Analyzing the text to identify and interpret gaps and silences implicit in the delineation of Ahmad Ali’s narratives, characters and themes in Twilight in Delhi. Such examination plays a pivotal role in understanding how narratives, words, ideology,  gaps and silences are simultaneously at work in the creation of textuality. Being the  workings of a certain ideology, the occurrence of gaps and silences can be both conscious and unconscious, hence, Marxist literary theory has been adopted as the theoretical base for the study. Gaps and silences cannot be avoided in written or spoken expressions as something is always left unsaid or unspoken in our discourses. The basic argument of this study remains that a text also says what it does not want to say.

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