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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ONLINE OF HUMANITIES (IJOHMN) ISSN: 

2395 -5155 

Volume II Issue III June 2016 


Dmenisions of Human Behavior in The Novel “The Foreigner” By Arun Joshi 

Abhishek Verma 
Research Scholar 

Institute for Excellence in Higher Education (IEHE) 

Bhopal 

India 


Abstract 

In the modern age of globalization and modernization, people have become selfish and 
selfcentered. Feeling of sympathy and kindness towards poor people have almost bolted from the 
hearts of those who have richly available resources. They leave needy people running behind their 
luxurious chauffer-driven cars. Poor and marginalized people keep shouting for help for their dear 
ones but upper class people trying to show as if they did not hear any long distant sound crept into 
their eardrums. This trauma, agony, pain and sufferings is explored in the novel, The Foreigner. 

Keywords: Modern Age, Globalization, Marginalized People. 

Money and materialism dominate are key factor for which people are working hard to acquire 
in their lives. This greed has created chaos and restlessness all over the place. The protagonist of 
the novel, Sindi is a young man who is brought up in a world where love and affection has no 


INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ONLINE OF HUMANITIES (IJOHMN) ISSN: 

2395 -5155 

Volume II Issue III June 2016 


place. This behavior has developed insecurity, anxiety, and uncertainty in his mind. This 
restlessness and insecurity has made him to move from one place to another in the search of 
tranquility and peacefulness. Moreover, his own multiple ruined and destroyed relationships made 
him more emotionless and impasse. 

The novel also depicts the life of a person who comes from a distraught family. Plus, his own 
fragmented and broken relationships make him a detached and indifferent person. He has a feeling 
that is he is not made for any long-term relationships like marriage or falling in love with a person. 
He feels that the destiny was rude towards him. His parents died in a plane crash when he needed 
them the most. He was deprived of love, bond, care and affection which he could have got if he 
had the family. 


Sourabh Jain states in his research posted in IJOHMN that “This novel tells the story of Sindi, 
the protagonist and the narrator as well, whose parents died in an air crash. When a person’s 
bringing up is difficult and without a family, he lives in the state of insecurity, loneliness and 
agony. The research is cdl based on human mind, behavior, greed and pain. In life people goes 
through many relationships, love, betrayal, and unfaithfulness. This is what explained and 
researched through the novel by the researcher. Likewise in Sindi’s life many women come and 
go. One of which he leaves her and one women left him which made Sindi depressed and 
agonized. One more woman wanted to marry Sindi but this time he refused her proposal. 


INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ONLINE OF HUMANITIES (IJOHMN) ISSN: 

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It is a fact that people who only have experienced rejection from the society and the dear 
ones scare to get into the relationship and commitments. 

There is one more character named Babu in the novel whose early childhood life was also 
broken and cracked. He was taken care of in the supervision of his father only. The story does 
not mention anything about his mother. His upbringing from childhood was dependent only on 
father. His life also had missing care, love, and affection which a mother gives to her child and 
because of that Babu could not express his feelings of love to anyone and it was buried down 
somewhere in his heart. 

The research explores psychic and motives behind the relationships. It also explores the 
behavior of the people how the react to the given situations. Some people get depressed and angry 
when a person whom he love leaves, but they do not feel the same pain when they themselves 
leave their dear ones by whom they are loved. Same is the case with Sindi who leaves a woman 
with thinking much how much she is hurt. In another case when a woman leaves Sindi then he 
goes in depression. It’s a common behavior of the people understand that when you do something 
wrong and painful to a person you do not realize how hurtful that action could be; however, when 
the same reaction comes your way, you feel dejected and miserable. 


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CONCLUSION: The novel “The Foreigner” exposes the selfish acts of the human being. It 
also exposes the pain and agony when the same reaction comes from others. Behavior and reaction 
of the people changes when they face the rejection. The story reveals the fact that bad incidences 
in life make a deep impact in the mind of people who suffer. The protagonist, Sindi, does not get 
love and affection from the parents in his childhood and he becomes indifferent towards any 
relationship in his adulthood. He feels that he could not carry commitments. The story explores 
the selfishness in the human behavior. People have insensitivity to the pain of others. The real 
feeling of humans like feeling pain for others and sympathy towards others have become less and 
people have become self-centered, materialistic and insensitive. 


INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ONLINE OF HUMANITIES (IJOHMN) ISSN: 

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Volume II Issue III June 2016 


Reference 

Dr. Sushilkumar Sindkhedkar ,Anita Desai and Arun Joshi-A Study in Existentialism 
(Rohtak: Shanti Prakashan), p. 119 

BARABDE, Punam V.. Quest for a Meaningful Life depicted in Arun Joshi's The Foreigner. 
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https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v3i4.505.