Sujata Bhatt A Different History - ANALYSIS
STANZA 1 Indian culture/religion – life in India is –or should be – free but there is constant pressure ________________in other ways of life (example of this are __________)
Line 1-3: _______________: the ancient Greek god of nature (part man, part goat); allying Greek culture with India’s perhaps suggesting that western society has formed more developed religions; India = still basic ________________ Line 4-5: highlights the difference between other cultures and India; here Gods are_______________________________, all around Line 7-18 persuasive writing which creates Irony – Hindus made to look after books and revere them but not for knowledge, but because they are made out of gods (trees) = satirical/mocking tone ➢ ___________:“It is a sin” = powerful connotations, a crime for offending the gods ➢ ___________: “you must”, __________: ‘without” , ___________: “Sarasvati” (= the Hindu goddess of art) ( emphasises that there are many pedantic Hindu rules that must be obeyed which are criticised by the author in a ______________tone ➢ Despite being Indian the author is being very _____________ of Indian culture/religion/belief
STANZA 2 : idea of foreign invaders, language and generation
Line 19-20: _____________ – more philosophical, makes us think about _______________in general, different from the previous mocking tone, which language is ‘original’? Line 21-22: rhetorical question – double meaning = English not to kill people but to _____________ India’s culture/traditions; question tries to understand the aims of the ‘oppressor’ Line 23-27: _________________________/thread of diction/semantic field: ‘torture’, ‘soul has been cropped’, ‘scythe swooping out’ all relate to ________________ (British culture on Indian...
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