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Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

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Cooper Green

on 16 August 2013

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Transcript of Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Close Reading of Important Passages

Hullabaloo in the
Guava Orchard

By Matt, Reuben, Joe and Cooper
Important Quotes
Characters and how they are presented
Themes and how they are presented
Symbols and how they are presented
1. From “one afternoon” till “this time of day”
2. From “one thing” till “public outcry”
3. From “It soon became clear” till merely shifted focus”

The first passage shows the reader how the monkeys become addicted to alcohol and how this changes their mood. The change in the monkeys desires and attitude sets up the plot for the rest of the story and links to why some of the people in Shahkot want to get rid of the monkeys.

The second passage shows the reader the affect the alcohol has on the monkeys. They begin to return to their former bazaar habits because the alcohol inspires them to. They drive many people mad by ransacking their bags and this further links to why some people want to get rid of the monkeys.

The third passage displays how well Sampath is respected throughout the town of Shahkot. Even the monkeys who are baring their teeth and attacking other people, will stroke and pat Sampath as if he is their leader.

1.“The monkeys found five bottles of rum” and “drunk it all up”. Sets the reader up for the rest book on how the monkeys become love the alcohol.
“Unable to slip into the general state of stupor that over took the orchard like a spell particular this time of day”. Shows how the alcohol affects the monkeys causing them to create chaos.

2.“The monkeys had developed an unquenchable taste for liquor”, “Doing their best to recreate the excitement of their former life” Sets up the plot for the rest of the story, how everyone wants to get rid of the moneys and huge arguments begin.
“A bottle of whisky. Then more beer. Then more rum.” Shows how the liquor changes the monkey’s attitude. Links to why the people of Shahkot want to rid of them.
“Old bazaar habits were resurfacing” and “doing their best to re-create the excitement of their former life” Further links to why some people want to rid of monkeys, creating havoc and chaos.

3. “It soon became clear that the display of affection between Sampath and the monkeys would not extend to include everybody” Shows how well Sampath is respected throughout Shahkot, even the Monkeys like him and treat him with dignity
“Evidently the monkey problem had merely shifted focus” Displays that monkeys always create problems no matter where they are


In chapter 13 the theme of relationship is presented through Sampath’s relationship with the monkeys. On page 123 we see Sampath say ”Oh, they are only monkeys” as he defends them after they become drunk and harass some pilgrims and bystanders. On page 125 we read about how people realised that the relationship between Sampath and the monkeys was only between them.

Human Impact on Nature:

This theme is one that you only really see in this chapter. On page 122 in the opening paragraph we see the monkeys find some alcohol that was left lying around the orchard. Then on page 123 we see someone say “It is true, It is not the monkeys fault. Always men are the degenerate ones.” and “you are bound to get the bad with the good” showing that humans can effect everything.
In chapter 13 of Kiran Desai’s novel “Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard” multiple characters are further developed, allowing the reader to connect with the characters more thoroughly.

Firstly in the chapter, Desai mentions the “five bottles of rum” the monkeys find, this sets the scene for the rest of the chapter revolving around the monkey’s new discovery of alcohol. The description of the immature acts of the monkeys: “pulling faces and hooting” displays how they have become a nuisance to the mob of people down below. The crowd of people’s anger is portrayed as they complain about how there’s “truly something wrong with these monkeys”, showing how a solution to the evident problem must be made. The short sentences “Then more beer. Then more rum” emphasises the addiction the monkeys have with alcohol, portraying them as a drunk man. Desai uses powerful sentence structure and description of the monkey’s actions to display their new addiction and the problem that will soon have to be dealt with.

The chapter, Desai describes Sampath’s actions as “sleepily” or “drowsily”, these show how Sampath’s lifestyle has change from the stressful work life of the village to a much more relaxing and calm life in the orchard. While Sampath entertains himself by making animal and plant life shapes out of the shadows he creates, the author portrays how he deeply absorbed into the wildlife as he imagines about the plants surrounding him. Sampath sympathises for the monkeys by saying “Oh, they are only monkeys… what can they possibly know?”, this action of affection portrays how Sampath once used to be in this situation of being the nuisance and now feels sorry for the innocent monkeys as they don’t know the problems they’re creating. With the effective usage of adjectives and Sampath’s sympathy, Desai is able to construct the image of Sampath clearer than before.


“Oh, they are only monkeys”. Page: 123, This shows that Sampath is fond of the monkeys as he protects them.

“Everything is part of nature, that good becomes bad or that bad is not really bad because it is all part of nature”. Page 124, This shows Sampath trying to give a reason why the problem with the drunken monkeys has happened. And why the mistake of leaving the alcohol around was made.


“It is not the monkeys’ fault. Always men are the degenerate ones.” Page: 123, This shows the effect of all the humans being in the orchard on the wildlife and ecosystem. It also shows that the devotees are believing Sampath.

Miss Jyotsna:

“If they were a nuisance before, it was more in the way children are naughty”. Page 125, This compares the actions of the monkeys before and outside the cinema to child splay compared to the problems they are causing drunken.

An important symbol in this chapter is human impact. On the bottom of pg124 “dark faces full of determination, wild, liquid eyes” shows how the alcohol from humans have affected the monkeys and how they act. This foreshadows the events in the latter part of the book such as the people of Shahkot wanting to get rid of the monkeys because of how they are acting. The quote “when the pilgrims shook their fists at them, they shook their fists back and jeered loudly” further supports that the theme of human impact and why the people of Shahkot would like to get rid of the monkeys.
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