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Frankenstein; poem summarizing the text

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Robert Walton, a sea captain on a mission to find a passage via the Arctic between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans.

His letters to his sister reveal his queer exploration

In the midst of the violent waves, he encounters a suffering man

He decides to save him and becomes the superman.

Walton’s ardent desire for knowledge forces the stranger to narrate his story

Open up the senses and get ready to question, how far should we go in the pursuit of power and glory?

Victor’s childhood was a pleasant one,

Elizabeth Lavenza was his companion and he was loved by everyone

Everything turned upside down when his mother died

The war to conquer the mortality takes over his mind

At the age of seventeen, Victor leaves for the University of Ingolstadt.

He thinks he doesn’t need a female to give birth to a creature, ask yourselves, is it okay to call him mad?

Nose from the mortuary, toes from the graveyard

All the scavenged parts are arranged together, after 6 years of toil, the creature finally gasped

No, his birth is not celebrated, no candles are lit,

The moment he opens his eyes, he loses his spirit

The laboratory becomes the womb, and creature- a hubristic creation

Bereft, of love, care, companion, he couldn’t even expect admiration.

It is said that human society is responsible for the creation of monsters

Frankenstein, or a creature- who is a real disaster?

He’s a nameless, motherless creature, a product of Victor’ ambition.

But he is certainly more than just a human’s inhuman creation

He feels the Adam’s pain

Tortured by people’s disdain. They both suffer strain, but tell me who inflicts more pain?

Victor’s younger brother William is strangled to death

Justine bears the punishment and no faith in justice is left

Victor moves to the mountains broken by the demise of her brother

The creature follows him and told him about his hiding and surviving and how much he suffers

He watched the family through a crack and learned various things as he wanted his thirst for knowledge to be quenched

He wanted to befriend them. But, their refusal, denial and hatred fills him with revenge

The creature urges Victor to create a female counterpart of him

Victor starts on his new project to erase the previous sin by committing another sin

The realization of the sin stopped victor. He demolishes his laboratory, but there is no stepping back

The threatening of the monster, his anger and actions made victor an insomniac

Clerval is murdered, Elizabeth is strangled

Victor swears to find and kill him. He becomes miserable and his whole life got entangled

Frankenstein requests Walton to take his quest to the end and destroy the creature

He takes his last breath and preaches what happens when someone rivals with nature

The creature appears in Walton’s room and expresses his heart out.

He plunges into his own misery and stops to shout. Everyone abandons him, but, eventually, nature accepts the creature without a second doubt.

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TITLE

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People establish their first impression by appearance or temperament. Books do it with a title. A title gives a brief insight to the narrative and renders the essence of the book. A title set the tone and creates an expectation. Similarly, the title of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird creates anticipation in the reader’s mind and raises a question. To raise a question is what the story teaches its reader, so the primary motive is set even before the story begins.

The title To Kill a Mockingbird has some violent connotations. As the title is not ‘A sin to kill a mockingbird’, it blatantly raises a question on violence. The title makes the reader aware that the story is going to revolve around the doings of violence. The title gives an insight to the story which induces expectations in a reader for the story he /she is going to begin with.

This title is inspired by one of its events when Atticus tells his children, Jem and Scout that it is a sin to kill a Mockingbird. Miss Maudie later explains in the novel that Mockingbirds are the innocent finches who mocks or imitates the other singing birds, they don’t harm anyone but only spread liveliness and brings harmony to the ambience. In chapter-10, one day, while giving a shotgun to his children, Atticus said to Jem, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird. [1]”

It also exposes the power mechanism which operates in the society. Children are given the shotgun in their hands. Meanwhile, they are told to not kill a Mockingbird, which focuses on the handling of power carefully and responsibly. Power usually maddens the powerholder, but one must be cautious about it as it possesses the ability to take away someone’s life. That ‘someone’ is always the one with less power; the helpless and innocent being.

Harper Lee uses the symbolism of a Mockingbird to point out at major characters and their actions in the story. The symbolism can be applied to Tom Robinson as he is an honest black man who is wrongly accused of raping Mayella Ewell. He faces injustice due to the racial prejudices. The jury impetrates to differ because he was black. He is an innocent man who is unfortunately unethically harmed by the society’s immoral way of dealing with the crime.

The symbolism functions well in the case of Jem and Scout as they both are innocent children whose ideals are shattered and innocence is hurt due to the prevailing virulent injustice and discrimination in the society. Their perception of ‘goodness’ is challenged when they confront racism, injustice, prejudices and hatred in 1930s southern United States. The realisation happened during the trial sessions of Tom Robinson as he has been wrongly accused and proved guilty of the crime he never commits. The outcome of his trial shattered their belief system and introduces the harsh realities of the world bereft of empathy and innocence in which they have always believed.

Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch is the protagonist and the narrator of the story who unfolds the events of the story through her recollection of growing up. Scout and Jem were young kids when the story opens, but as the story belongs to the genre of the Bildungsroman, they both matures gradually and steps in their adolescence. The phase of growing up is itself an example of losing innocence, moving ahead and leaving everything behind.

Furthermore, Boo Radley is the primary example among several innocents deliberately destroyed in the novel. He is a normal human being unjustly portrayed as harmful and mysterious. Though, the children were initially scared of him because of the prejudices, but eventually, he turns out to be their saviour. Boo anonymously gifts them small things which made the children realise of his goodness. Subsequently, it is revealed that he was once caught by the police and is kept under house arrest ever since. The father’s saying, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it, [2]” becomes more apparent when children reveal the true and another side of Boo’s story He is a vulnerable person and treating him like the way everyone treats him suggests that being vulnerable is itself a sin. He falls into the trap of overbearing of his family, which robbed him of his innocence.

Jem and Scout’s summer friend and neighbour is also a Mockingbird as he depicts the pure childhood innocence. He is also an outsider like Tom, but gets acceptance in the town as he has relatives in Maycomb. Together with Scout and Jem, he takes on various adventures throughout the story to find about Boo. He is habitual of cooking up stories just like Mayella. He pushes the irony of lying in the text and makes Scout realise that “one must lie under certain circumstances and at all times when one can’t do anything about them.” Ironically, Dill weeps when he learns about the Mayella’s victory over Tom.

Another character in To Kill a Mockingbird who abides by the symbolism of Mockingbird is Dolphus Raymond. He hides his true opinion and aversion for the white community behind the mask of drunkenness. He does not drink at all. He is a wealthy white man who lives with his black mistress and has mixed children. He intentionally pretends to be drunk to give a valid reason for his behaviour. Dolphus has to endure with the double identities because he loathes his community’s misdeed of punishing an innocent for no better reason than ‘race’. He is an innocent man whose intentions are kind, but is misunderstood by his people and tagged as drunk because they fail to understand his rationale and reasonings.

The title of the novel is not disclosed in the beginning of the novel. Meanwhile, this generates and maintains curiosity while reading the text. The novel’s characters reflect this metaphor. It also suggests that the book is about culture and not just characters. Killing a Mockingbird is a sin as it does not harm anyone, but merely produces melodious music for us to enjoy. Moreover, it also mocks at the southern beliefs, ideals, law and stereotypes.

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‘Blanks & Blues’ is now live on Amazon

Hey, amazing people,

I’m so glad to announce that my debut novel, ‘ Blanks & Blues’ is out on amazon. Hope this book gives you something to discuss with your friends and family.

Attached is the link to my book. Will be waiting for your reviews.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B089QWCBYY/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_awdo_t1_P7Q2Eb9WJPJ82

The Blanks & Blues is a coming of age story. But it’s not just a story for youngsters.Noor, the only child of her parents, experiences life-changing events during her childhood. Circumstances beyond her control. Searching for answers, she finds her catharsis in storytelling in verse. Looking for answers to her devastated life, she eventually finds the courage that would help her define her destiny.

The story moves between Nainital and Delhi, and eventually to Canada, in an interesting non-linear narrative. The novel explores gender dynamics, orthodoxy, homophobia, plagiarism and other contemporary subjects viewed and understood from a young female character’s perspective E-book is live on Amazon globally, paperback would be launched after the lockdown.

With love, from my headspace to yours!

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You are running out of life. Go, sing a different tune.❇️

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Life is the strangest symphony🎵🎶

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Death

Have you ever envisioned yourself dying when you think or hear of ‘death’?
Have you ever pondered your loved ones would die one day?
I had never, but now I do.
It’s just been 7 months since my grandma died. I was sitting near her, holding her hand, feeding her a spoonful of water, and caressing her hair and cheek when she last breathed. When she closed her eyes, I thought she had fainted or slept or something, but not the thought of her death stirred my mind. I started throbbing her chest with my palm to bring her back to life. I don’t remember who stopped me from behind, squeezing my shoulder.
Yes, I encountered death closely. Believe me, nothing in this whole wide world is more barbarous or resolute or evil or sad as death is. But, it is peaceful in its own sense. It was a serene death. She submitted herself to the inevitable call. She flowed with the laws of nature to never return. Death is adamant. It doesn’t care. It doesn’t distinguish. It does not listen. As I bent to kiss her forehead for the very last time, she was cold. This time she did not kiss back, she didn’t embrace me as she had always done. I was sad. Annoyed. Angry. Confused. All at once.
She died, but something inside me died as well that day. I didn’t know what that was. I didn’t fear death. I feared what might happen to her after the resignation. When I was holding her cold hand, I still thought she had fainted. The ambulance arrived. No, it wasn’t late that time, but late enough to not save her life. They declared her dead, finally. It was a heart attack, they said. Death is really smart, always ready with its own reasons.
One moment, she was asking us to not worry, forcing a smile, chanting some verses from Quran and another moment it was just a pale body with calmness on her face as if she had conquered every misery, overcame every fear.
I wish I had hugged her one more time, slept in her lap one more time. I really wish I had asked her to complete that story of the jinn so that I would not have to guess its ending. I wish I had recited to her the poem that I wrote a day before she died. You know, she loved my crooked verses and imperfect poems. I wish I had imagined her dying before I saw her dead.
Death is the TRUTH, the ultimate, brutal truth. Imagine it. And, love the people around you. Say all the honey-laced words to them. Confess love and respect you hold for them in your bosom. Life is too short to plan a perfect time to do all this. Don’t forget that one day everyone you love would die and you too would leave them.

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The most beautiful saddest moment is to be dead🌑

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There is something crazy about you; about us.

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Someday love would make me love hell🔥

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I am hope. I am tomorrow. I am forever.