Loading… Loading… The Gift of the Magi About the Story “The Gift of the Magi” is one of the most widely read stories of O. Henry. It depicts an interesting episode in the life of Jim and Della – a loving couple living happily together. Both of them have their Read more…
Loading… Loading… A Basketful of Sea-Trout Note: This study guide is submitted by an anonymous person. Kindly contact us if you have any question or objection. Introduction A Basketful of Sea Trout” is a short play written by Neil Grant. The play is about the murder mystery of Nellie Salter, Read more…
The writer says that the machines have made the life of their owners comfortable but those of the workers miserable. Machines demand the qualities of regularity, punctuality, and exactness while there is no scope for the workers to do anything different or new. Their desire to do something is never satisfied and they become rebellious. They find their satisfaction in world wars. The writer makes some suggestions so as to avoid the possibility of a third world war by making the workers happy.
A Handful of Dates” is an interesting but thought-provoking short story. The writer attacks the false religiosity and pretentious piety of the adults like the grandfather in the story. The young boy considers him a role model. He adores him to the skies and regards any service to him as a sort of worship. However, on knowing his true self, he dislikes and hates him so much that he spews out the dates given to him by the grandfather.
Quality was written by John Galsworthy in 1912. The story is about two German shoemakers, the Gessler Brothers. It is about the hard work of Mr. Gessler and his brother and their exceptional honesty, resolution, compassion, humility and commitment. They used to dedicate their complete energy in making boots.
The Star Ducks by Bill Brown is a short story which falls in the category of science fiction (scifi). The writer has exploited the scientific concept of extraterrestrials (ETs) popularly known as aliens. Aliens are supposed to be special creatures from outer space that have been reported to visit our planet occasionally.
“The Merchant of Venice” is a 16th-century play written by William Shakespeare, in which the Venetian merchant named Antonio failed to pay a massive loan from the Jewish moneylender, Shylock. Although in this play Antonio is the main character, the audience is drawn to Shylock who sues Antonio and Portia, the rich heiress who marries Antonio ‘s friend Bassanio and saves Antonio ‘s life in a dramatic court scene.
In 1900 he started a small school at Shanti-Niketan on the pattern of the ancient Indian forest schools where the pupils led simple lives and learnt the truths of life from Nature and their gurus. This school developed into a university called Visva-Bharti in 1921.
Alpha of the Plough is the pen name of Alfred George Gardiner, an English journalist, biographer and essayist. “On saying please” is an apt commentary on the mannerism of people in the society. The writer wants people to be civil and courteous. The world is a place where, we have to live with a lot of different people who have different attitudes, different manners, traditions and mentalities.
In a witty piece of writing A.G. Gardiner brings out the essential difference between individual and social liberty and the need for adjustment between the two. He illustrates how unlimited freedom will only lead to disorder. Man is a part of society and he should always realize his social obligations.