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THE OPEN WINDOW
BY SAKI
This short story “THE OPEN WINDOW” is written by “SAKI” is the pen name of “Hector Hugh Munro” (1870-1916). He is a british writer. He is famous for his satires of the upper classes. The theme of the story is appearance and reality and deception. Appearance and reality: It is easy to believe the story of Vera because she begin with an object that is the open window and proceed from there and obviously window is open. So the appearance of open window becomes its reality. Deception: Vera obviously deceives Mr. Nuttel when she tells him a tale about her family. She shows her innocent nature but it is actually slightly curel character. Mr. Frampton Nuttel suffers from a nervous condition and has come to the country in order to cure his nervous condition. His sister sets up some introduction of community members for him. He first visits to Mrs. Sappleton’s house where he meets fifteen year old Vera, Mrs. sappleton’s niece. Upon hearing that Nuttel has not met the Sappletons, Vera tells Mr. Nuttel that three years ago Mrs. Sappleton’s husband and her two young brothers went on a hunting trip and never returned. Vera goes into detail about their cloths, the dog that accompanied them, and the song that Mrs. Sappleton’s brother sang upon their return. Vera says that my poor aunt is expecting their return through the open window. When Mrs. Sappleton enters, she tells him that she is expecting their return at any time. Nuttel think that she has gone crazy. Then suddenly she cried “here they are”, nuttel turns only to see the “dead hunters”, when he saw he becomes frightened and leave in a rush. Mrs. Sappleton doesn’t understand Nuttel’s strange behavior, but Vera replies that he is deathly afraid of dogs. Writer used three literary devices; they are symbolism, irony, personification. Open window is itself a symbol, it symbolize the anguish and heartbreak of Mrs. Sappleton at the loss of her husband and young brothers....
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