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An Astrologer's Day

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Paris Winston

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Transcript of An Astrologer's Day

An Astrologer's Day
Synopsis
In a busy city in India, an astrologer reads palms along a street. A man approaches the astrologer with a challenge to tell him a true fortune. With money being the motive, the astrologer is pressured to read correctly. With luck on the astrologer's side, he recognizes the man and is able to tell true details.
Vocab
Vociferousness: loudness; noisiness "in vociferousness came a vendor of..." (1056) At the pep-rally, the level of vociferousness was out of control.

Cheroot: a cigar with open ends "sucking his cheroot, puffing out..." (1059)
The old man took many puffs of his cheroot.

Literary Elements Cont...
Protagonist: the main character that pushes the story
the astrologer ; the astrologer was selected as the main character because he understands the problems of life ( financial, marriage, etc)
Antagonist:
the man who challenges the astrologer ; the man was selected as the antagonist because he brought irony to the story which is the main literary focus of "An Astrologer's Day"
Conflict: the clash between opposing characters
Man vs. Man (the astrologer vs. the man)
Similar to real life, the man challenges the astrologer to tell a true fortune.
Literary Elements
Setting: time & place the story takes place
Urban, India; Set in a busy, over-populated area, people still take the time to notice a single astrologer on the street. "and so on people flocked the him." (1056)
Point of View: the view point in which the story is told
third-person-limited; This point of view allows the narrator to reveal the character's thoughts "The astrologer felt very uncomfortable." (1059)
Irony: a contrast between expectations and reality
The astrologer recalls when the man had been stabbed, then left to die. When the astrologer returns home to his wife,he tells her of his relief. He feels relieved because he was the one who left the man and left him to die. He was happy to see that he is live and well. "Do you know..He is alive." (1059)

Vocab Cont...
Piqued: angry or irritated
"Our friend felt piqued." (1058)
After the game, the losing team felt piqued.

Paraphernalia: accessories; equipment. "picked up his cowrie shells and paraphernalia..." (1058) The woman had many paraphernalia such as earrings and necklaces.

Why this story?
"An Astrologer's Day" was selected for the text book for a variety of reasons:
To discuss the theme of fate; it was fate that the astrologer would meet and tell the fortune of the man he almost killed.
Culture; with an urban indian setting, the reader gets a look in at what life might be like for the people that actually live there.
Many literary elements; there are many literary elements used in "An Astrologer's Day". These include; Irony, Similie, and a third-person-limited point of view.
Paris Winston
"An Astrologer's Day"
R.K. Narayan
Read This!
Although this story may be a little hard to follow at first, it is truly a good piece. An Astrologer's Day will open up your eyes to the cultural differences between America and India. In addition, the astrology aspect of the story will have you wanting to research it for yourself to see how true palm reading can really be.
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