The Final Lines Of A Famous Poem, Work Without Hope By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The title, Nectar in a Sieve alludes to the final lines of a famous poem, “Work without Hope" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Coleridge and many other authors wrote personal poems about humankind’s relationship with the natural world and the conflicts between traditional and modern ways of life, the effects of colonialism on colonized peoples, and the outsider status of persons who choose to distance themselves from their native traditions. Faced with a change from the outside that threatens to alter their way of life forever, one of the characters says, “Bend like the grass, that you do not break.” Another character strongly disagrees with this advice. “You must cry out if you want help,” he argues. “It is no use whatsoever to suffer in silence.” This character believes that rebellion against fate, poverty, and misery is the nobler option. As you read the novel, try to determine the different characters’ attitudes toward change and the acceptance of their fates. The novel’s title and epigraph seem to imply that the author regards hope as necessary to life. Without it, life cannot continue.

Responses to difficulties from Eastern and Western mentalities
The world is a vast land with various types of mentalities and responses to situations in life. Within traditional rural societies in India for example, the people are recognized as more passive and much more submissive to the changes in the world. While on the contrast, the western mentalities are much more rational and…

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