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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Endless questions-NIGHT OF THE SCORPION

When I asked a few villagers about the practice of keeping a scorpion still, they told me that if a scorpion stings some one, they would catch hold of it and hang it in front of the house so that it doesn't move.

A) "Peasants came like swarms of flies". Why "flies"?

1. It was raining and flies are attracted towards the candle and the lantern light
2. The peasants were buzzing the name of God like the buzzing sound of the flies.

B) Why the world is called “unreal”?

Religion holds that this world is just a preparatory ground for the real world which we enter after death. So, this world will have good and bad in equal proportion whereas the real world has got only good and no evil.

C) Don’t you think the narrator in the poem is very passive, only reporting what goes around and never does anything to change the situation? The narrator is assumed to be a child but is there a mention of his age? So, don’t you think the narrator too must be blamed for not helping his mother?

1 comment:

Sayan said...

Sir,
In the 1st point u said that the peasants are compares to flies as they get attracted towards light like flies do and buzzing the name of god making sounds similar to the one made by the flies........But sir, in reality flies are insects of the order Diptera.....and acc. to it honeybee's and wasps cannot be considered as flies........But in real life we can see insects similar to wasps getting attracted to light and they too make a similar sound as that of buzzing....then why doesn't the poet consider them as well??? Is it because flies are more common and they are known to more people making it a point of understanding of the reader????????
Waiting for your reply eagerly,
I Am,
Your beloved student a.k.a friend
Sayan Goswami
XII 'B'
KV AFS Yelahanka
'Your first bencher'