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ENG401 Introduction to Literature: Short Story and Poetry Assignment No. 02 Solution and Discussion Fall 2013 Virtual University (VU) Due Date December 09, 2013

ENG401 Introduction to Literature: Short Story and Poetry Assignment No. 02 Solution and Discussion Fall 2013 Virtual University (VU) Due Date December 09, 2013

Introduction to Literature: Short Story and Poetry

Fall 2013
Assignment No. 1 
Total Marks: 20


To assess students’ knowledge of the literary genres, literary terms, their usage and difference


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Q1. How will you differentiate between psychological and social conflict and which conflict is dominant in ‘The Gift of the Magi’? 
5 Marks 

Q2. Is there any contradiction in Behrman’s character, if yes, why do you think O. Henry created the contradiction? 
5 Marks

Q3. What does the Prince mean when he says, "There is no Mystery so great as Misery"? Comment. 5 Marks

Q4. What is the basic motive behind the narrator's intention to kill the old man in the story 'The Tell-Tale Heart'?
5 Marks

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Question No.4 Solution = 
The plot is about a man who wants to murder another man but doesn't want to be caught and punished. We have to assume that he intends to commit a perfect crime, even though the narrator does not say as much until after he commits it and hides the body under the floor boards. The narrator spends a great deal of time talking about how he looked in on the old man every night and focuses on details leading up to the actual murder, but the important feature is that he wants to get by with a murder. We will tend to suspect that he is a dependent on this older man and has something to gain from killing him. The victim is probably not his father, but he could be the narrator's uncle, and the narrator might stand to inherit the house and some money. Otherwise, it is hard to account for why he would be living with this older man. The narrator's real motive for committing the murder may have nothing to do with the old man's eye and everything to do with wanting his property. This is essentially a perfect-crime story in which the perpetrator nearly gets away with it except for one slip-up. In such stories the reader is in the perpetrator's point of view and therefore identifies with him to some extent. When the narrator breaks down and confesses, the reader also must share the feeling of being exposed and arrested. The fact that the narrator is insane is incidental. Even insane murderers usually have practical motivations. 

Question No 3

Dear little Swallow,' said the Prince, 'you tell me of marvellous things, but more marvellous than anything is the suffering of men and of women. There is no Mystery so great as Misery. Fly over my city, little Swallow, and tell me what you see there.'

So the Swallow flew over the great city, and saw the rich making merry in their beautiful houses, while the beggars were sitting at the gates. He flew into dark lanes, and saw the white faces of starving children looking out listlessly at the black streets. Under the archway of a bridge two little boys were lying in one another's arms to try and keep themselves warm. 'How hungry we are' they said. 'You must not lie here,' shouted the Watchman, and they wandered out into the rain.

we have to explain the quote  ...

"There is no Mystery so great as Misery"

give the background that why the prince said it to swallow.? we have to write in our own words after read the story ,instead to copy the whole paragraph from book.

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"The Tell Tale Heart" is a strange story written by famous short-story writer Edgar Allen Poe which is full of horror and tells us secrets of psychology of criminals. The protagonist tells that he himself is worried why did he decide to kill the old man. Once the idea came into his mind, he was overpowered to do it.The motive behind the murder was nothing but only hatred. One eye of the old man resembled that of a Vulture's eye...a pale blue eye, with a film over it.Whenever, that eye fell upon the narrator, his blood ran cold. So, he killed the old man because he hated the vulture eye.

The Happy Prince was born and brought up in the palace of Sans-Souci, where sorrow was not allowed to enter. He never ever witnessed the misery of poor people.So, he had no idea of miserable condition of the people which made them sad and unhappy. He could not see the sufferings of human beings when he had a human heart. Despite of having a heart made of lead, the misery and ugliness of the poor and needy make the prince weep and watching some examples such as, he saw a boy suffering from high fever. Then he saw a writer leaning over a desk and trying to finish a play but could not do so out of severe cold, a little girl weeping over the loss of her matches and he also caught sight of rich people making enjoyments. Then he said Dear little Swallow,'There is no Mystery so great as Misery.

All reply is my own words after reading this short ignore if there is any mistake.

i am having some confusion in the que No 2..

i need the guideline for it.


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