Midnight’s Children

Midnight’s Children

by

Salman Rushdie

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Mr. Ghani Character Analysis

A blind landowner in Kashmir and Naseem’s father. Ghani tricks Aadam Aziz into falling in love with his daughter by setting him up. He repeatedly summons Aadam, a doctor, to his home under the pretenses of his daughter’s feigned illnesses, forcing Aadam to examine Naseem through a perforated sheet, or purdah. The sheet becomes something “sacred and magical,” and Aadam ultimately falls in love Naseem, just as Ghani has planned.
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Mr. Ghani Character Timeline in Midnight’s Children

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Ghani appears in Midnight’s Children. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1: The Perforated Sheet
British Colonialism and Postcolonialism Theme Icon
...roused from his daydream as Tai approaches shore. Tai tells Aadam that the daughter of Mr. Ghani , a local landowner, is sick and in need of a doctor. Aadam quickly runs... (full context)
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When Aadam arrives to examine his new patient, Naseem, Mr. Ghani tells him that his daughter’s usual doctor, a woman, is sick. Aadam realizes that Mr.... (full context)
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Mr. Ghani states that the women are his daughter’s protectors and orders Aadam to examine Naseem through... (full context)
Book 1: Mercurochrome
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...He begins with Aadam and his mother, who resents her son’s visits to examine Naseem. Mr. Ghani has taken to summoning Aadam weekly to assess his daughter’s myriad of minor complaints—such as... (full context)
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...the perforated sheet, despite his mother’s protests. Aadam’s mother is convinced that Naseem’s illnesses are Mr. Ghani ’s attempts to marry his daughter to a doctor, but Aadam is helpless. Naseem soon... (full context)
British Colonialism and Postcolonialism Theme Icon
...face, his “fall is complete.” Naseem comments only on the size of Aadam’s nose, and Mr. Ghani smiles, pleased with himself. (full context)
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Aadam asks Mr. Ghani for Naseem’s hand in marriage, and he is happy to oblige. Aadam runs to tell... (full context)