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The Old Man of the Temple

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Transcript of The Old Man of the Temple

Old Man of the Temple
By: R.K. Narayan

Setting
The setting of "Old Man in The Temple" is somewhere between the fictitious cities of Magludi and Kumbum. These cities are often used by R.K. Narayan.
Point of View
The point of view in this story is 3rd person. We can tell because the story starts out with, "The talkative man said:"
Five Important Details
conflicts
Characters
Krishna Battar-
Krishna Battar is a round dynamic cahracter. At the beginning of the story we see that he is unaccepting of the future and is therefore a ghost. When the story draws to a close he decides to accept his fate and changes his opinion about it. his speech tells us this when he says," Seetha is coming! Am I dreaming or what? I will go with her....."
Internal-
Doss is possessed by Krishna Battar
Krishna Battar fights against himself because he is a ghost. he is trying to decide reality.
External-
The talkative man performs an exorcism and helps the old man get to the light.
The people living in the temple tell the talkative man they have heard a strange knocking every night but, since he is gone it has stopped.
Doss is possessed by the strange old man.
The old man believes he is still alive.
The people in the temple hear a strange knocking every night and believe it is a ghost.
Krishna Battar's way of speech, and the things he talks of, such as the king, indicate that he is not of the modern era.
Unexpectedly Doss talks like a crazed man, and believes himself to be the ripe old of 80 years old
Plot structure
Exposition- people should move on to new things and let go of the past.
Inciting Moment- The scene where the driver, Doss, is possessed by Krishna Battar.
complications-
Internal-
Doss is possessed by Krishna Battar
Krishna Battar fights against himself because he is a ghost. he is trying to decide reality.
External-
The talkative man performs an exorcism and helps the old man get to the light.
The people living in the temple tell the talkative man they have heard a strange knocking every night but, since he is gone it has stopped.
Climax- when Krishna Battar tells his story
Resolution- Krishna Battar accepts his death.
Denouement- no knocking at nightfall now.
Theme and Mood
Theme- The theme of Old Man Of The Temple" is to try new things and don't stick to only what you know, or live in the future and not the past. The old man keeps naming events from over 500 years ago. The title is related to the theme. It seems as this old man has only known the temple for a long time. It does not suggest that he knows many things and is adventurous.
Mood- The mood of this story is suspenseful. We as readers are not sure what the old man is, and when Doss talks like a 500 year old ghost we are not sure what to think of it. The story gives you an uneasy feeling as it goes deeper in to Krishna Battar's story.
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