Friday, 25 July 2014

THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY ANSWERS AND ANALYSIS CBSE – CLASS – XI ENGLISH CORE



ABOUT THE AUTHOR



·         Khushwant Singh
·         Born - February 02, 1915, Hadali, British India  
·         Died – March 20. 2014, New Delhi, India.
·         Khushwant Singh was an Indian novelist, lawyer, politician and journalist.
·         Notable works –

a) Train to Pakistan (1956)
b) Black Jasmine (1971)
c) The company of women (1999)
d) Death at my door step (2005)

·         Awards –

i)      Padma Bhushan (1974)
ii)    Punjab Rattan Award (2006)
iii)  Padma Vibhushan (2007)


THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY
-         A TOUCHING PORTRAIT OF GRANDMOTHER


We are overwhelmed by the description of the character of the grandmother. She is more than a grandmother in the story. She can only be evaluated as a woman with pure positivity. Her virtues leave us emotional and we bear her memory as a woman of reverence. She is a sacred lady with the spontaneous assay to stay in close communion with almighty. She has fondness towards ancient culture and heritage. She is a responsible and caring grandmother. She is kind to everything which is endowed with life. And the mourning of the birds on her death shows the justification of her life.


THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY
A RELIGIOUS LADY

     The grandmother never stopped praying in whatever situation she was in whether she is busy in her work or she is preparing her a grandson for school or she is spinning the wheel, she always continued her prayer along with telling the beads of rosary. We find her to cease praying only for once, after the author’s return from abroad. Her death can be taken as a mysterious one as she shows her complete awareness towards her approaching end. To others it had been a mild fever but she knew that she would soon depart this mortal world.



THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY
GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDSON


     The whole story revolves around the link between the Grandmother and grandson. We are acquainted here with the picture how with the passing of time the link between the grandmother and grandson apparently got fragile. In the village grandmother had played the role of a caring and responsible grandmother who took every care to prepare him for school and as well as to take care about his studies. The link got weak when they moved to the town and the author started to go to an English school. Then the link got even weaker when the author went to university and abroad. The author had emotional thoughts as he feared that their meeting might not take place any more as the grandmother might pass away in the course of time.


THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY
GRANDMOTHER MORFE THAN A GRANDMOTHER


     The grandmother of the story is indeed more than what we find in grandmothers. She is with difference. We find her never to cease praying. She is kind and benevolent towards the animals and birds. She feeds the dogs and the birds. She loved seclusion and spent life in prayers and spinning wheels. She was endowed with religious attainments. She could understand that she was about to meet the horns of death.


SOME IMPORTANT LINES EXPLAINED


1. ‘’She often us of the games she used to play as a child. That ....................................
......................................................................prophets she used to tell us.”

     The author is in no way to imagine that grandmother had also been a girl once. She had also played games as they do. This thought appeared to him because he has never seen grandmother as a child on a young lady rather he has known her only as an old woman with respect and dignity. Whenever they hear this, they feel it to be as impossible as the fables of the prophets.

2. ‘’ old terribly old that she could not have grown older and had stayed at the same age for twenty years.”

     The grandmother was very old. The memory of the author about his grandmother revolves around only one age i.e. old age. Since his childhood he has found only an old grandmother. And for the past twenty years she stayed in the same state of an old lady. Though years rolled by there had not been much change in the physique of the grandmother


3, ‘’It was the monopoly of harlots..............................................................
.................................................she rarely talked to the after that”

     Grand mother had a strong dislike for the teaching and the school her grandson was reading in . She despised the teaching of the school. She wanted that students must learn about God and scriptures when she got to know that her grandson was given lessons on music she condemned to the utmost. According to her music was meant for the beggars and harlots. She protested it with silence and ceased talking to her grandson.


4. “Silently she kissed my ................................................
............................................................................................
..............................................................................contact between us.”

     Owing to the senile state of the grandmother, the author was quite sure that there was no possibility to meet the grandmother after his return from the abroad. She kissed the author on his for head which left the author emotional. He felt and considered the moist imprint to be last physical contact between them and went dejected.


5. “She said that since only .....................................................................
.................................................................................time talking with us.


Grandmother was completely aware about the fact that she was about to die. For the first time she had omitted to pray and she is now not going to waste her time in talking with them. She was religiously conscious and felt her demise. It shows her strong religious inclination. 

Written By Badal Paul
The author is a passionate blogger, writer and educationalist. This blog is created to ease troubles of the Cbse students. The author holds multiple blogs and the writer of the Novel KALCHAKRA, OOM AND THE CHOSEN FIVE.