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A Devoted Son

In a character sketch, we reflect on what makes a character tick, what drives his personality, and his relationships with other people. We dig into his traits and his motives, his words and...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 6:36 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

The original question had to be edited down. Though the ending of the story might not present it to be such, I think that Rakesh is a devoted son. He is devoted to his parents. He does...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2013 3:43 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

It can be argued that Rakesh is a devoted son throughout, but his extreme devotion later results in unintended, negative consequences for his aging father. We are told that Rakesh has always shown...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2018 4:44 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

Mr. Varma wants to die because he feels that his quality of life is deteriorating. Mr. Varma was so proud of his "devoted son." He believed in the praise that others had heaped on him regarding the...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2015 1:35 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

In the short story "A Devoted Son" by Anita Desai, the title is almost ironic in light of the story's end. To be devoted to one's parents is to hold them in the highest esteem and be the son who...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2012 4:11 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

I think that a major conflict in the exposition of Desai's short story is the fact that Rakesh does everything expected of him. He appears to be on automatic pilot, to a great extent. He does...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2013 1:10 pm UTC

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I think that one could say that Rakesh did remain devoted to his father and his family until the end. Rakesh never really changes. He is shown to be a devoted son at the start of the story and...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2011 3:50 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

Hello! You wanted to know what happens in Anita Desai's short story "A Devoted Son." The short story starts out in a celebratory mood. Rakesh, Varma's son, is at the top of the first division list...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2015 4:02 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

Rakesh’s father, Varma, is a stubborn old man who doesn’t like too much change in his own household. But since his son returned home from the United States and got married to a local village girl,...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2020 6:04 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

Initially, Varma is very proud of his son Rakesh. Rakesh is a very hard-working, intelligent young man who finished first in the country's examinations and has since gone on to carve out a...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2019 9:17 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

The first thing Rakesh does when he sees his excellent exam results is to bow down before his father and touch the old man's feet reverentially. By all appearances, Rakesh is a filial son. The...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2019 1:07 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

Varma is Rakesh's elderly father who starts to experience resentment toward his son as the story progresses. As he finds his freedom limited by the way in which Rakesh cares for him, Varma comes...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 7:55 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

In the story, Veena is Rakesh's wife. When her father-in-law, Varma, falls ill, Veena is given instructions to be careful about the food she brings the old man. For his part, Varma (a previously...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2021 12:36 pm UTC

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The original question had to be edited. Desai's story focuses on the theme of relationships between parents and children. It shows how the dynamics between parents and children change over time....

Latest answer posted April 13, 2013 11:28 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

As the story begins, Varma is informed by his son, Rakesh, that he has excelled in his school examinations; in fact, Rakesh has come in first in the country. Varma is proud of Rakesh because the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016 3:01 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

Both Varma and Bhatia are old and are dependent upon their families for their welfare. In the story, Varma finds his diet restricted by his son, Rakesh; he is not allowed to eat his favorite foods...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2016 7:16 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

I think that one question that can generate discussion into the theme would be whether or not Rakesh is a devoted son. The larger issue here is whether or not devotion is something that trumps...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2013 10:19 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

Anita Desai's story encourages the reader to reflect on the idea of "devotion." Varma, the father, is proud of his son because he believes that his achievements will ensure him continued success...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 3:00 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

The original question had to be edited down. I tend to think that the dynamic of the relationship between Rakesh and his father is best shown in the story's ending. It is at this point where one...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2013 4:28 pm UTC

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"Bonhomie" is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as "a feeling of friendliness among a group of people." In the story, two incidents that reflect the bonhomie among the villagers are when...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2016 4:46 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

Rakesh has become a source of immense pride to his parents. The first in his family to get an education, he goes on to qualify as a doctor, practicing for a time in the United States before...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2021 8:35 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

Rakesh tries very hard to be a devoted son to his father, actually prolonging his life by improving his diet and bringing him vitamins and medicines, but he is not, the text suggests, doing the...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019 12:49 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

Hello! I believe you are asking about Anita Desai's short story "A Devoted Son." In this story, Varma is justifiably proud of his son, Rakesh, who earns his MD and then goes to America to practice...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2015 4:20 pm UTC

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A Devoted Son

The wording of this question leaves possible answers fairly wide open. The question could be asking about a moral message, thematic message, or some other kind of message; therefore, answers will...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019 12:13 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

I think that one of the elements that Desai brings out in the relationship between parents and children is that if children's voices are not authentically validated through parents, it becomes...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2013 5:06 am UTC

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The neighbors come to visit the house of Rakesh's family because Rakesh has just finished top of the list in the country's medical school examinations. This is a very special occasion, not just for...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020 11:12 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

The short story "A Devoted Son" by Anita Desai is about a relationship between a son and his father that begins in mutual respect but deteriorates as the father grows older. Rakesh is a brilliant...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2021 4:47 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

Rakesh is a brilliant medical student. He didn't just graduate at the top of his class; he finished ahead of every other medical student in India. Having earned his degree, Rakesh heads off for the...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 11:38 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

Certainly, the portrait that Desai gives of Rakesh is one who is absolutely driven to please his parents. The vision is one whereby he subjugates his own desires for their wishes. If they want...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2011 3:41 am UTC

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A Devoted Son

I don't think Rakesh was a hypocrite towards his father. One of Desai's most compelling points in "A Devoted Son" is the downside of social expectation. In this case, it is in how parental...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2015 1:49 pm UTC

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