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Transcript of Sredni Vashtar
His work often contrasted modern life in England to the everyday struggles of nature.
In his stories, Nature is always prevalent.
Stories often reflected events of the time and his own experiences. Historical Context/
Post-Colonialism Sredni Vashtar was written in 1912 which is right before WWI and right at the end of the age of imperialism.
The story is a metaphor for the struggle between India (Conradin) and Britain (Mrs. De Ropp). Themes 1. Nature vs. Society- There is a constant struggle between Nature and Society where no side ever wins though they may gain the upper hand.
2. Death- death shaped the relationship between the characters and ultimately frees Conradin from the oppression of his cousin.
3. Oppression-the oppression shapes Conradin as a character and the story shows what people will do to escape oppression. Character Analysis 1. Conradin- Protagonist, physically weak and ill, powerful imagination, devoted and loyal, able to bring happiness into his own life in any circumstance.
2. Mrs. De Ropp- Antagonist, controlling and harsh, cold and cruel, sadistic. Point of View The story follows Conradin but is told in third-person. Setting Most likely set in Britain in the early 1900s.
Most of the story happens in the shed as it is where Conradin spends most of his time. Quotes (1) "Do one thing for me Sredni Vashtar."- Conradin
Analysis- The quote itself implies that Conradin wants Mrs. De Ropp to die and he is urging his imagined deity to strike her down. It also shows that he truly believes in his deity. Quotes (2) "Sredni Vashtar went forth.
His thoughts were red thoughts and his teeth were white.
His enemies called for peace, but he brought them death.
Sredni Vashtar the beautiful."-Conradin
Analysis- It is foreshadowing the cousin's death since Sredni Vashtar is a part of Conradin's mind and the cousin is Conradin's enemy. Quote (3) "I thought you liked toast!" she (Mrs. De Ropp)exclaimed
Analysis- Conradin is refusing to eat the toast because he feels it has been tainted by the events of the day. Symbolism (1) Conradin- he represents Nature in the struggle between nature and society but he is also the oppressed in the general struggle between oppressor and the oppressed.
Mrs. De Ropp- She represents Society as well as the oppressor. Symbolism (2) The Shed- represents a cathedral for Conradin's religion, where he goes to worship every thursday and holidays. It is also a safe place for him.
Sredni Vashtar-the ferret/deity is a symbol for Conradin's anger towards Mrs. De Ropp. Symbolism (3) The Hen- the hen represents Conradin's innocence.
The Toast- the toast represents Conradin's freedom.