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Short Story Analysis: Anil by Ridjal Noor

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by Georgia Louise Williams on 28 March 2012

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Transcript of Short Story Analysis: Anil by Ridjal Noor

Context Title Anil by Ridjal Noor (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr The meaning 'wind or air' might
mean it's to do with nature and
outdoors. This story was first published in 'New Writing 4', a collection of 26 short stories, published in 2004. It was published by Silverfish in Kuala Lumpur. The stories in this collection were written by writers originating from or living in Australia, Bosnia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, the UK and the USA. It also contains stories set in Canada, China, France, Japan and Wales. Most of the foreign writers in the collection have a Malaysia/Singapore connection. map The title is a boys' name. Anil is a seven year old child who lives in a village. He is the main character in the story. The name Anil is a Hindu name and means Child of Wind or Air. Ridjal was born in 1979 and lives in Singapore, he went to school at Tanjong Katong Technical School and studied computer engineering. He has a degree in Communications and Media Management. This is the anthology
our story is from! Most of the stories have a distinct multicultural aspect, and some of these stories confront this cultural change in their lives head on. 'Anil' is about a boy who witnesses a murder, but is sent away from the village by his father to prevent the truth coming out, even though his father would want the truth. The headman sent the boy away and bribed his father by giving Anil an education and future that his father couln't even dream of being able to give him. The power the headman has enables him to stay on top. His list of dreams are:
To publish his writing and to write better.
To be a tertiary lecturer in communications.
To partake in peacekeeping or medical relief missions.
To be able to live and work temporarily in places like Dubai and Australia.
He is happily married and runs a small design firm. 'Chronicler and a jouneyman' is what he refers to himself as. This is where Ridjal Noor lives. Themes, moral and message Themes:
Betrayal- This is shown by the father, towards the son, when he sends him away.
Vicarious living/Dreams- Living your dreams through other people. The parents do this through Anil because they send him off to get an education they never had.
Culture- A different culture is shown in this story, so we see the contrast between them. Freytag's Pyramid Word Meaning Amma - An abbes or spiritual mother. Exposition: The setting is told right at the beginning- it is a "...hot, sweltering night in the middle of March..." Appa - A father Inciting incident: Anil needs to go to the toilet- this is when he gets up and goes to the window. Rising action: Anil sees Marimuthu and another man hanging Marimuthu's wife. Pesase - Imperfect subjuntive form of pesar and pesar means grief. Peyi - Lad / Boy Climax: Anil is heard telling the truth about what happened when the woman died, and is sent away from the village. Denouement: Anil is sent away on the train and Marimuthu and his brother are safe. Moral/message: I think that the message of the story is: Sometimes in life maybe its best to keep your mouth shut because you don't know what is going to happen to you. Also, it could mean about how the boy had to grow up fast (going to school outside him community) because of what he had witnessed. His name means Shrub, to grow, so this shows how he had to grow. Anil - a West Indian shrub, of the legume family, having elongated clusters of small, reddish-yellow flowers and yielding indigo. The connections might be that a similar thing might have happened to him in his life. He might have had the same experience when he was younger. He might have been batrayed by his dad,like Anil was. Marimuthu - A former indian politition Nagaraj - People with this name tend to be very spiritually involved. Ridjal Noor
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