The Storm Themes In Ranvali

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Register to read the introduction… When the narrator reminisces about her father, the mood of the story is altered by her changing perceptions of his actions. This contrast in emotion is also evident in the change of setting from one of beauty and happiness to one of dark brooding troubled skies. After the storm she describes how "the whole place was flooded. Lots of young coconuts were down and plenty of branches, but fortunately only one tree had been hit" (100). The short sentences and the lack of colour signal the slight negativity that has arisen in the narrator. We can imagine the dark skies and the flooded garden and general chaos that Ranvali is in. A connection is made with this setting and the difficulty the narrator had getting to sleep the night before. Her troubled mind is in a state of chaos and disarray because of her conflicting emotions about her father.

Chatman contends that a "normal and perhaps principal function of setting is to contribute to the mood of the narrative" (Chatman 141). The storm in "Ranvali" definitely contributes to the negative mood surrounding the narrator's thoughts. It is an almost physical manifestation of the negative thoughts brewing in the narrator's mind. An analysis of the description of the storm itself would give a better view as to why the storm may be considered to be important in how it contributes to the story's overall
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From this inner turmoil can be drawn the analogy of a storm brewing. The narrator observes the "dark clouds boiling on the horizon begin to bunch up into angry blue-black fists" (99). The 'dark clouds boiling' would then be the two conflicting thoughts about her father. As the two ideas of her father 'bunch up' in her mind, they form 'angry blue-black fists', representing the anger and resentment that she is not showing outwardly. The storm is a reflection of her emotions, set both inside and outside her body. Her thoughts are of how her father, in being an idealist, has put his family aside. She still loves her father very much, but is appalled that he would give away all their family possessions for the sake of his communist ideal. It is of equal parts disgust and love that causes her to feel terrible for thinking that her father was disillusioned. She resents him for his fantasies but loves him dearly nonetheless. She feels her father's pain in his failings. He had fought so long for the wrong cause and had gone about it the wrong way. She regrets that although his intentions might have been good they were to no avail and had only caused the family trouble. She has come to a new and uncomfortable conclusion about someone that she loves so much and wants to understand so

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