Monday, May 21, 2007

THE BACHELOR OF ARTS

1. How important is the title "The Bachelor of Arts" to the theme of the novel?

2. What are the marriage customs of the day that is discussed in the novel? How do you think will the modern reader react to the dowry, a girl's marriageable age and matching horoscopes?

3. Trace the events that lead to Chandran becoming a sanyasi.

4. What is the importance of Kailas to the novel?

5. Discuss the background of colonial India, and how aware the characters are about their subjugation.

RHINOCEROS BY IONESCO







"RHINOCEROS BY IONESCO"

Q.Women are represented as sentimental,shallow & irrational in'rhinoceros'.do you agree?
ans.IONESCO'S 'RHINOCEROSES' IS,IN A WAY,A CRITIQUE OF HYSTERICAL ATTITUDE OF WOMEN IN IT. THEY ARE DETAILED AS PIG-HEADED.THEY ARE AN UNPLEASENT LOT. IT'S A PART OF NAZISM.
DAISY IN THIS PLAY TAKES UP THE ROLE OF WOMAN AS NURTURER UNLIKE THE OTHER WOMEN IN IONESCO'S PLAY WHO THREATEN TO DESTROY OR QUESTION MALE SELFHOOD.DIASY VOLUNTEERS TO NURTURE BERENGER WITH FOOD AND GOOD COUNSEL,OFFERING HIM MORAL SUPPORT AND MOTHERING HIM EXTRAVAGANTLY.
BUT SOON ENOUGH , HER ROLE IS REWRITTEN. SHE IS NOW AN UNTHINKING, EAST GOING WOMAN WHO FINDS BEARNING CHILDREN 'BORING. THE MOTHERING' OF BERENGER BY DAISY IS COUNTERED DAISY'S REFUSAL TO TAKE UP RESPONSIBILITY OF MOTHERHOOD TO COMBAT RHINOCERITIS.SHE REFUSES TO DO WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING-JOIN THE RHINOCEROSES.
BERENGER CAN'T PLAY AT ADAM &EVE GAME ANYMORE. AND THAT IS THE PRECISE POINT THE PLAY REINFORCES. BERENGER IS A HERO SUPERIOR TO ADAM, FOR HE STICKS OUT TO HIS POSITION EVEN WHEN HE'S TOTALLY ALONE WITHOUT ANYGENDERED SUPPORT.
THE ANGISH OF THE ISOLATED MAN,THE RECURRING THEME OF ABSURDIST DISCOURSE, IS RETERATED MOST ELOQUENTLY IN ANUNGENDERED SPACE. ALL CONFLICTS, INEQUALITIES OR DEMANDS ARE NEGATED TO POTRAY MAN IN HIS ESSENCE AND GENDER ALONE, WITHOUT THE WOMAN, BERENGER'S ROOM IS CUT OFF FROM ALL SOCIAL AND MODERN COURSES.

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