'BAKHA' the Untouchable Hero in Anand's Novel: A War against Stigma Mulkraj Anand gives an insider’s view of Indian society and its orthodox and superstitious mindset in his novel Untouchable. He was an Indian who had observed Indian orthodox way of life and how it was disturbing equality and unity. An outsider would not feel the same empathy for a downtrodden Indian as Anand … [Read more...] about Character of Bakha in Anand’s Untouchable
Is Henchard a tragic character? Why or why not? Does he possess a tragic flaw that leads to his downfall? If so, what is it? Henchard is a tragic character who falls like a bird hit in mid air when he tries to achieve more than his fate. Till the end, readers have discovered his tragic flaw and his inability to overcome his weaknesses. While trying to escape the shadow of … [Read more...] about Henchard’s Tragedy in The Mayor of Casterbridge
Is Henchard a sympathetic character? Should we pity him at the end of the novel, or does he seem to get exactly what he deserves? Henchard is ill tempered and therefore loses the sympathy of the audience at several points in the novel. However, that does not completely end our sympathy for him. Despite being stubborn and ill tempered, he is honest and his end does not look … [Read more...] about Does Henchard get what he deserves?
Hardy described himself as a determinist—in other words, he believed that the course of human life was shaped by forces, internal or external, beyond human control. Does this philosophy hold true in The Mayor of Casterbridge? What forces are responsible for shaping Henchard’s life? Michael Henchard is a complex character from Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge. His … [Read more...] about Role of Fate in The Mayor of Casterbridge
Discuss Portia's character. How does she compare to the men around her? Is Bassanio a worthy husband for her? Portia has no comparison in the Merchant of Venice. There is no one who truly matches her wit and energy. She likes Bassanio, a Venetian scholar and soldier who had visited them while her father was alive. Portia is a witty and energetic young woman like most of … [Read more...] about Discuss Portia’s character. How does she compare to the men around her?