Desire For ‘The Other':‘Mimicry' In Mason's The Broken Road


Sheeba V. Rajan


This research article aims at analyzing in detail the relevance of Homi Bhabha's concept of mimicry in A.E.W. Mason's The Broken Road (1907),a gripping romance of the Frontier. The Broken Road illustrates clearly Bhabha's attempt to define post colonial mimicry and the inability of the colonial power to completely domesticate the other. Mason tries to maintain a distance between his English characters and the mimic man. Mimicry is not a constructive one, but destructive-it leads to degeneration, which is a part of the discursive    frame work of colonialism. When the colonized desires to be a part of the colonizer in all respects, it leads to social ostracism or deterioration of the race. The key concepts have been harmoniously dovetailed with the issue of racial differences, the underlying theme of the novel.