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    The chorus in Final Solution play the role of observer, narrator, voice of conscience and in times of blood-lust, participants. Dattani uses chorus to directly address the audience and help them visualize the action. He also uses it to look back at the main character and show his role in the play. CRead more

    The chorus in Final Solution play the role of observer, narrator, voice of conscience and in times of blood-lust, participants. Dattani uses chorus to directly address the audience and help them visualize the action. He also uses it to look back at the main character and show his role in the play. Chorus helps to show how the events of the play can not be understood in isolation from each other.

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  1. The play Final Solutions, written by Mahesh K. Dattani discusses the theme of communal riots, hatred and bitterness of Hindus and Muslims against each other. The plot is set in Gujarat (after the 2002 Riots). The communal hatred is at peak. It can be seen when we find Hindu mob chasing Javed and BobRead more

    The play Final Solutions, written by Mahesh K. Dattani discusses the theme of communal riots, hatred and bitterness of Hindus and Muslims against each other. The plot is set in Gujarat (after the 2002 Riots). The communal hatred is at peak. It can be seen when we find Hindu mob chasing Javed and Bobby after knowing that they are Muslims.

    Next, we also come to know other complex stories like love affair of Smita (who is a Hindu) and Bobby, Javed’s story of adopting extremist way, Ramanik’s grabbing of Javed’s land (after burning his shop) etc.

    We find that Ramanik blames Javed and his community and vice versa. But deep inside, Ramanik’s conscience does not allow him to live in peace because of the sin which he committed in the past.

    There is another issue which is discussed in the play. It is the orthodoxy which is inherited among the believers of every religion. They consider people from other communities as untouchables. Aruna’s denying Bobby and Javed from spending night at their home depicts this.

    So, throughout the play, we find ample of problems and the playwright has not given any solution. Instead, he has let the audience to decide. Hence, the final solutions are, in real, no solutions to these communal problems. We people need to know what makes us hate others.

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  1. Mahesh Dattani in his play, Final Solutions, deals with the issue of communal tension simultaneously touching on the issues of domesticity, suppression of women, etc. Final Solutions doesn’t solve any problem and even goes on to problematize the ways of solving. Dattani doesn’t have any stand on theRead more

    Mahesh Dattani in his play, Final Solutions, deals with the issue of communal tension simultaneously touching on the issues of domesticity, suppression of women, etc.

    Final Solutions doesn’t solve any problem and even goes on to problematize the ways of solving. Dattani doesn’t have any stand on the issue but represents the realistic picture of the society. One can argue that Mahesh Dattani is playing a safe game by not taking any side on the issue but, I think, that most sensible way of presenting such pictures to the audience because taking a stand will not solve any problem either. That will problematize the issue and will itself help to segregate the masses which Dattani is not in favour of.  It can be argued that Dattani is preaching secularism as the best way of living life and working in society. Dattani’s approaches to the issue are that of kind of playwright who doesn’t want the audience to give a readymade answer to problems but he wants spectators to think and try to find solutions on their own.

    The title of the play Final Solution seem to suggest a final solution to this problem but the in the play it doesn’t look that simple. Dattani problematizes the point of any final solution by showing us the reality of people’s mind which won’t let us reach any conclusion or solution of the problem.

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  1. Hardika, along with Javed, is the most important characters for us to understand the psychology of people who have stereotypical notions and prejudiced thoughts about. It is also important to note that it is because of stereotypes and prejudices that people persuade themselves to commit inhumane actRead more

    Hardika, along with Javed, is the most important characters for us to understand the psychology of people who have stereotypical notions and prejudiced thoughts about. It is also important to note that it is because of stereotypes and prejudices that people persuade themselves to commit inhumane acts such as murders and riots

    Hardika has the scare of the loss that she suffered in Hussainabad by the hands of Muslims which made her prejudiced against Muslims and because of this prejudice Hardika cannot like Javed but has a favourable opinion for Bobby. The reason for her having no problem with Bobby is that she thinks Bobby is Hindu as the name suggests. Hardika and Javed are both against each other; they have no connection to each other’s problem. They suggest the common human psyche in such situations.

    Hardika and Javed are the products of a discourse in which the image of a targeted community is projected as being ‘other’, which fills people with hatred for each other. This hatred further leads to the next step of releasing the frustration caused by the toxic of hate leading to riots,–because of which they are prejudiced and have forgotten human values.

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