The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai

Topics: Father, Culture, Mother, Family / Pages: 7 (1632 words) / Published: Sep 23rd, 2013
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Essay Question: How does the text, The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai mirror its society’s values?

What to include:
Define the cultural values and ideas of this society.
Theme as a cultural representation of values and ideas
Characterisation – characters as a stereotype of values and ideas
Hari, his father (role of fathers in society)
Setting – city and village – as representation (symbols) of values and ideas

Introduction:
(Author and the title of the book must be included in the first sentence).
The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai is a novel that explores…
Is a story that reveals (central character Hari)
Anita Desai writes a compelling story about the shift … through the novel, the…

Themes

Resistance to change (father resisted to change – moved away – Hari) - who? How?

Conflict within society p110

Sustainability – to survive – must adapt change

Society changes – changes in rural and city life/what changes?

Daily life changed, therefore traditions and culture changes.

Important Pages

Pg. 67 – characterisation
Pg. 133 – Bombay – theme city life vs. rural
Pg. 184 – Bombay street scape
Pg. 186 – Jagus city life
Pg. 187 – Family conditions (rich and poor)
Pg. 194 – Illusion of Bombay – promise of city life
Pg. 210 – evidence of change – adaption

Essay Model

Essay Question: How does the text, The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai mirror its society’s values?

Intro:
Attention
Define
Keywords
‘Desai explores and defines the cultural shifts/changes…
Map/inclusive
Short, grabs attention

Theme:

Man vs. Self: Hari has a lot of internal conflict due to his struggle of whether or not he goes to Bombay to earn more money and leaves his family who could die potentially, or stay at home and keep struggling with the lack of money and food.

Man vs. Society: Hari’s struggle with poverty that comes with living in a tiny village with little to no job opportunities, and the fact

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