As part of the syllabus for Language and Literature AS, we are supposed to read Games at Twilight but we have already read it for IGCSE so here some analysis and a review for you.
Get in pairs and work on the following tasks. Write your answ
Task 1: Choose 10 quotes to analyse in deep
- ‘You’re dead,’ he said with satisfaction, licking the beads of perspiration off his upper lip, and then stalked off in search of worthier prey…
- …a dark and depressing mortuary of defunct household goods…
- …a poor, ruined and conquered city.
- …everything was still curtained and shuttered in a way that stifled the children, made them feel that their lungs were stuffed with cotton wool and their noses with dust…
- …he bawled, shaking his head so that the big tears flew.
- …he had been forgotten, left out and he would not join them now.
- …he hadn’t much faith in his short legs when matched against Raghu’s long, hefty, hairy footballer’s legs.
- …his reappearance, his passion, his wild animal howling.
- …his success had occupied him so wholly that he had quite forgotten that success had to be clinched by that final dash to victory…
- …his voice broke with rage and pity at the disgrace of it all and he felt himself flooded with tears and misery.
- …perhaps roused by the shrieks of the children, a band of parrots…tumbled frantically in the still, sizzling air…
- …rats, dogs and, possibly, Ravi to slip through.
- …seething with such unspeakable and alarming animal life…
- …silence by a terrible sense of his insignificance.
- …the dogged determination of the true winner, a breaker of records, a champion.
- …the shed smelt of rats, ant hills, dust and spider webs. Also of less definable, less recognizable horrors.
- …they burst out like seeds from a crackling, over-ripe pod into the veranda…
- All this time no one had remembered Ravi.
- Having disappeared from the scene, he had disappeared from their minds. Clean.
- He chuckled aloud with astonishment at his own temerity…
- He felt his heart go heavy and ache inside him unbearably.
- He had sidled away and sat dejectedly on the flower pot. That at least was cut to his own size.
- He had wanted victory and triumph – not a funeral.
- He hugged his knees together and smiled to himself almost shyly at the thought of so much victory, such laurels.
- He leapt up as Raghu whacked the wall with his stick…it made him feel protected.
- He…wondered how many more creatures were watching him, waiting to reach out and touch him, the stranger.
- It took them a minute to grasp what he was saying, even who he was. They had quite forgotten him.
- It was an insect…exploring him.
- No life stirred at this arid time of day
- Nothing more wonderful had ever happened to him than being taken out by an uncle and bought a whole slab of chocolate all to himself…
- Ravi looked about him desperately, swallowing a small ball of snot in his fear.
- Ravi shook, then shivered with delight, with self-congratulation.
- Snarling, he bent to pick up a stick and went off, whacking it against the garage and shed walls as if to beat out his prey.
- The business of the children’s day which is – play.
- The children…felt released…tumbling, shoving, pushing against each other, frantic to start.
- The garden outside was like a tray made of beaten brass…
- The ignominy of being forgotten – how could he face it?
- The motherly Mira intervened…firmly pulling and pushing till a kind of vague circle was formed.
- The scent of earth receiving water, slaking its thirst in great gulps and releasing that green scent of freshness, coolness.
- The trees and bushes around them stood inky and sepulchral, spilling long shadows across them.
- The white walls of the veranda glared stridently in the sun…everything gleaming, brassy and bare.
- To defeat Raghu…and to be the winner…would be thrilling beyond imagination.
- Trampling delicate ferns underfoot as he did so.
- What fun if they were all found and caught – he alone left unconquered!
- What might there not be to touch him and feel him as he stood there…
Task 2: Focus on the theory of Rite of Passage and write a paragraph commenting on this.