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“Games at Twilight”

In our Literature class we have read a short story called “Games at Twilight” by Anita Desai. Before and after reading the story we were assigned to answer some questions.

According to the Oxforfd Dictionary the definition of the word “Twilight” is: the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the reflection of the sun’s rays from the atmosphere; or the period of the evening when twilight is visible, between daylight and darkness.

It symbolises the contrast between the sun and the moon. This image foretells life where there is death, light where there is darkness and hope when there is to be devil.

Description of the weather and peple’s feelings:

At the beginnig the weather is very hot, suffocating as it is in India (setting) and the sun is too bright. The story starts at the “arid time of the day” when children desperately needed to go out to play and do something (Hide and Seek). Such desire they had that they begged their mother to let them go just up to the “veranda and porch”.

Words, phrases in connection with death:

Through the story there are many words that are connected to death. This words are “dead”, “mournfully”, “melancholy”, “funeral game”, “forgotten”, “misery” and “pale”.


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