Class 11 English Snapshots Chapter 8 The Tale of Melon City

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Class 11 English Snapshots Chapter 8 The Tale of Melon City

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The Tale of Melon City

Chapter: 8



1. How did the accrued try to shift the blame on others? 

Ans:- The king announces the construction of an arch across the street for the enlightenment of people. After the arch was complete the king passed below it and his crown fell down. Moreover, he became angry and wanted to punish the chief builder for making the arch so low by hanging them. So, they set up the gallows and the soldiers bring in the builder for hanging. Builder fell on his knees and pleaded for mercy. Further, he said it was the workmen’s fault. So, the king pardons the builder and orders the hanging of workmen. The minute workmen were hanged, they pleaded with the king and said that it was the masons fault because he supplies the wrong size brick. The mason said it was the architect’s fault. In this way, everyone passes the blame to someone else.

2. Give a character sketch of the King in “‘The Tale of Melon City’.

Ans. The King in Vikram Seth’s ‘The Tale of Melon City’ has a unique personality. What drives him is his whimsical nature rather than reason and logic. He is introduced ironically as ‘placid’ and ‘just’. He has his own limitations and can’t provide justice. He does not acquire a firm mind and lacks sound judgement. Rather he can easily be convinced and influenced. He asks to construct a monument in the shape of an arch to depict his victory and glory. 

The King is portrayed as a regal figure. He carries an air of authority and power, with a commanding presence. He believes himself to be exceptionally wise and expects others to obey his commands without question. He is also shown to be gullible, easily swayed by flattery, and lacks critical thinking skills.

3. How did the city come to be named “Melon city”?

Ans:- The city had a bizarre custom of electing a new king. The custom was that anyone who passes through the streets the next day will choose the king. Hence, the next morning, when the guard asks a passer-by who must be the king, he replied, “Melon.” Because the pedestrian was an idiot who answers all the questions with just one word “Melon.”Therefore, they crown the melon as their king. And from that day onwards, they pronounce the city as “Melon City.”

4. Describe the events that culminated in the death of the King. 

Ans. It was decided that the arch itself would be hanged but people objected since it touched the head of the king.The King had ordered the construction of an arch to commemorate him and inspire his subjects, But the arch was built too low and banged his crown. Furious, he ordered the execution of the chief builder. The blame shifted from one to the other till, at the end, the King was held liable for the faulty design. He feels that it’s a disgrace and orders to hang those who committed this fault. Finally, by his own decree, he is hanged. He orders to set-up the noose and hang the one who fits in it. One by one everyone was measured and the only one to fit in it was the King himself. The king falls in his own trap, as he is weak and suppresses himself under pressure.

5. Comment on the device adopted by Vikram Seth.

Ans. In ‘The Tale of Melon City’, Vikram Seth has adopted the verse form in a simple narrative style. The poem ‘The Tale of Melon City’ by Vikram Seth uses poetic devices such as irony, hyperbole, rhyme, and rhythm to convey its message. The technique proves very effective for the story that is being told. Rhyming in couplets, it  tells a humorous story in a lucid manner.  

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