Read and make a summary of the most important characteristics.
Can you account for this with examples from “A Passage to India”?
A Horse and Two Goats
Although the story is short there are frequent references to Indian mythology and a strong presence of irony.
Analyse the story in 3 sections:
1.The Statue and the Village
DO NOW: Write a brief summary of events in each section.
EXTENSION: What does each section represent? Eg statue and village are symbolic of what? Transaction is symbolic? Outcome is tragi-comic, why?
Examine the state of the statue and the village in which it is situated (1st paragraph of the story).
Comment on the way the village and the statue are presented by the writer.
The village, “apex of the world” , on the other hand a “tiny dot on even the most detailed map”.
The statue was magnificent because of its bright colours, its texture is little more than “blobs of mud”, being ravaged by the sun and rain. Where do readers learn that there are many statues like this?
Overall – descriptions present former grandeur, India is no longer what it used to be.
What leads Muni to think that the American wants to buy his goats?
What makes the American so sure that he has bought the statue?
How does the narrator make use of comic irony to describe the situation?