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Class 12 English Chapter 13 Memories Of Childhood
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Memories Of Childhood
Lesson – 4
Supplementary Reader: Vistas
Question & Answers
Think as you read
1. The two accounts that you read above are based in two distant culture. What is the commonality of theme found in both of them ?
Ans : In two auto-biographical episodes, the two lines of two women are presented. They memories the childhood experiences of their lives. The first one is a native American women and the other is a Tamil Dalit women.
Both the women are from marginalised community. The Americans treat Native Indian American with a sense of superiority. They try to impose their culture tradition and whims on the lives of others. They make the children behave accordingly their custom and thus hurt the feelings of dignity and respect of any native American. The narrator’s hair is cut off without showing any regard to her feelings. She is forced to sit in a chair. They tie her fast with the chair.
She rebels. She kicks and shakes her arms until she is overpowered. Her long hair is cut and there is no one to comfort her. Like that the another girl in India faces the age-old curse of untouchability. She sees a person carrying a packed by a string so that he can’t touch that. The girl feels such habit disgusting. She also rebels. She stood first in the examination to prove that caste can’t determine the ability of a person.
Both are victims of social injustice. Both of the children feel the indignity and humiliation of such cruelty.
2. It may take a long time for appression to be resisted, but the seeds of rebellion are sowed early in life. Do you agree that injustice in any from can’t escape being noticed even by children ?
Ans : The two incidents present two different from of injustice. One is of India and the other is of a highly civilized society, America. The Americans think that their culture and tradition are superior. They try to compel others to accept their own way of life. They can’t consider the feelings of the native American. Therefore they make the narrator cut her hair short which is to the narrator a matter of great indignity and humiliation.
In the other incidents, the cruel customs of untouchability comes to light. Being a pupil of class three, the girl consider that disgusting. The evils of caste system is also highlighted through the incident.
Both of the narrator’s are small children. Yet they understand the inhumanity behind such attitudes of there elders. They watch everything without any prejudice and go against the injustice by showing their rebellious spirits.
3. Bama ‘ s experience is that of a victim of the caste system. What kind of discrimination dose zitkala-sa’s experience depict ? What are their responses to their respective situations ?
Ans : Banana and zitkala-sa highlight exploitation and humiliation of the suppressed people. They write about women from marginalised communities.
In the first story, the white people Impose their own culture and values over other communities . In-her own community, only a coward gets his hair shingled. The poor girl tries to protest the procedure of cutting her hair. But she has to do that as they compel her to do so.
In the second story, the people of low castes have to bow low and work for their masters. The people of high castes can eat the things they make, but can’t touch them as they fall in the category of ‘untouchable’. The girl fights against this cruelty passing her examination with flying colours . It is her own way of protesting.
Both the narrators in spite of being children rebel against such cruel and inhuman attitude. ‘sa’ protests it, trying to resist the people from cutting her long hair. She cries, fights and at last surrenders only after she is Compelled . Bama also rebels against the social discrimination , working hard to get the first position.
Supplementary Reader: Vistas
4. Describe the experience Bama had on her way back home which made her feel sad.
Ans : On her way back home, oneday Bama saw the setting up of a threshing floor near her house. Just then, an elderly person carried green banana Bhaji in a packet. The packet was held by a string. The man walked so cautiously that the manner was quite amusing. He tried not to touch the packet by his limbs. It made the narrator laugh haughtily. But after listening to the elder brother’s remark she was shocked at the inhumanity and stopped laughing.
She knew that all are human being but yet they have to feel such inferiority. She wanted to touch the packet of ‘vadai’. She fought against this cruelty, exploitation and humiliation of the suppressed people passing her examination with flying colours. It is her own way of protesting.
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