The Satanic Verses

The Satanic Verses

The Satanic Verses is a surreal tale telling the story of two Indian immigrant actors. It represesnts the changes immigrants go through when they move to a new country through the magical transformations that that Gibreel Farishta and Chamcha Saladin go through. It is full of humor magic and a bit of drama to keep the teenage mind engaged.

Why Is This a Good Choice for English Classes.

The Controversey Behind The Book

The Satanic Verses was considered controversial due to its mention of Muhammad's Wives in a passage of the book. This offended many Muslims and provoked the Supreme Leader of Iran into issuing a Fatwa, that ordered for the death of Salman Rushdie. This act is a perfect example of the constant fight between the concepts of Freedom of Speech and Political correctness. This events surrounding the book alone offer many High level thinking questions, making it a great choice for high level English classes.

High Interest for Teens

Transformation, one of the largest themes in The Satanic Verses, Is very relevant to a teenagers life. Trying to fit in to society is one of the largest problem a teen struggles with, and this same problem can be found in The Satanic Verses through its symbolism of the transformation that occurs when immigrants are forced to change their lifestyle.

Another high interest part of The Satanic Verses can be found in its wonderful characters. The two main characters go through surreal transformations, as they struggle with life and their faith.

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie was born into a Muslim-Indian middle-class family in Bombay on June 19, 1947. He soon expressed a hatred for orthodoxy when he renounced his faith at a very young age. Rushdie was given a British Education in the Rugby School, where he was the subject of much prejudice because he was Indian.

After the Rugby School, he went to Cambridge and got a degree in history. Rushdie got The Satanic Verses published in 1988. After its initial publishing lots of public disapproval was shown from Muslims all around the world. Eventually a Fatwa was issued for his death, and then Rushdie went into hiding. Rushdie was eventually forgiven however, after apologizing profusely in order to gain a normal life.