Games at Twilight

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Niccolo Machiavelli the Italian dramatist, historian, and philosopher emphasizes “He who blinded by ambition, raises himself whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.” Machiavelli believes aspiring too hard ultimately results in failure. People may fall and not be able to regain self-confidence. Also, if people do not believe in their own judgment they will be unsuccessful. If society does not believe in their own judgment, then their judgment will be faulty, to question a sign of their own intelligence. Through an analysis of characterization, symbolism, and tone in Anita Desai’s “Games at Twilight” she shows us that children cultivate as they lose their innocence.

All people experience the loss of innocence at some point in their lives. Anita Desai illustrates this concept in her short story “Games at Twilight.” When Ravi is convinced he had won the game he exclaims “What fun if they were all found and caught- and he left unconquered” (Desai 9). But in reality, he lost the game. He was so determined to win that he had forgotten the main rule of the game which is touching the den, and winning the game. Ravi “Putting his ear to the broad crack and listening for sounds of the game, the pursuer and the pursued, and then returning to his seat with the dogged determination of the true winner, a breaker of records, a champion” (Desai 9). Ravi in the end had lost his innocence after panicking and trying to find comfort by burrowing finger deep in his small tunnel. “Ravi is no name for a weak and unimportant person” (Choin 1). You must be a strong individual to carry such a powerful name as Ravi. Ravi has experienced a kind of "death" of his innocence. He had imagined gaining such glory by winning the game, but ironically, he has been forgotten. He felt him`self too exposed, sitting on an upturned flowerpot behind the garage dealing with these hardships and believing he was the true winner when he had forgotten that...
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