In "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai, explain the character of Ravi.

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Ravi is a typical little boy, who likes to play games with his friends, and dreams of coming out triumphant in a game of hide 'n' seek.  He displays a lot of typical little boy attributes:  he loves playing games, he is excited, he braves the scary and dark garage in order to show his bravery and increase his odds of winning, he has a good nose-picking while hiding and thinking, and also gets distracted with daydreaming, like many little boys do.  Then, at the end, when he realizes that they have all moved on with their games and completely forgotten him, he shows a very dramatic reaction:

"He felt his heart go heavy and ache inside him unbearably. He lay down full length on the damp grass, crushing his face into it, no longer crying, silenced by a terrible sense of his insignificance."

This reaction has traits of typical childlike behavior:  it is dramatic, a bit overly emotional, and centered on a limited perspective based on their ideas of the world.  However, Ravi displays an unusual sensitivity and introversion here.  Instead of lashing out and bragging about his potential conquest in the garage, he quietly lies down and lets the weight of his own insignificance crush him.  He bears the brunt alone, mourning quietly, on his own.  He turns the pain inward, and abandons himself to it completely.  So, Ravi is also a very inward and sensitive boy, with a tendency to feel emotions heavily and fully.  I hope that those thoughts help a bit; good luck!

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Ravi is a typical little boy, who likes to play games with his friends, and dreams of coming out triumphant in a game of hide 'n' seek.  He displays a lot of typical little boy attributes:  he loves playing games, he is excited, he braves the scary and dark garage in order to show his bravery and increase his odds of winning, he has a good nose-picking while hiding and thinking, and also gets distracted with daydreaming, like many little boys do.  Then, at the end, when he realizes that they have all moved on with their games and completely forgotten him, he shows a very dramatic reaction:

"He felt his heart go heavy and ache inside him unbearably. He lay down full length on the damp grass, crushing his face into it, no longer crying, silenced by a terrible sense of his insignificance."

This reaction has traits of typical childlike behavior:  it is dramatic, a bit overly emotional, and centered on a limited perspective based on their ideas of the world.  However, Ravi displays an unusual sensitivity and introversion here.  Instead of lashing out and bragging about his potential conquest in the garage, he quietly lies down and lets the weight of his own insignificance crush him.  He bears the brunt alone, mourning quietly, on his own.  He turns the pain inward, and abandons himself to it completely.  So, Ravi is also a very inward and sensitive boy, with a tendency to feel emotions heavily and fully.  I hope that those thoughts help a bit; good luck!

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