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What is the theme of the short story "Games at Twilight"?

One of the main themes throughout the short story "Games at Twilight" concerns alienation and isolation. Throughout the story, Ravi is bullied and forgotten during a game of hide-and-seek. An older...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2017 1:22 pm UTC

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What is the narrative point of view of "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai? How does this point of view influence your...

Anita Desai's short story "Games at Twilight" is narrated by a third-person omniscient narrator. That is, it's narrated by someone who's not a character in the novel. It's narrated by someone...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2020 5:51 pm UTC

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In Games at Twilight what does Ravi learn and what is the moral of the story?

In Games At Twilight, innocent Ravi learns that the world can be a cruel place and that one can feel insignificant and lonely even among friends and family. When his older brother, Raghu, becomes...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2015 5:59 pm UTC

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In "Games at Twilight," do you think that Ravi's "sense of insignificance" at the end of the story will remain strong?

The short story "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai tells of a group of Indian children who pester their mother to let them play outside despite the lingering late afternoon heat. She finally...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 4:41 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2009 10:39 am UTC

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What bitter lesson does Ravi learn at the end of the story "Games at Twilight"?

As Ravi hides in the shed for many hours, he believes he will be the champion of the game and a “true winner, a breaker of records, a champion.” He uses this to steel himself against his fear while...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2019 9:01 am UTC

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What details do you notice that show that this story is not taking place in the United States?

The mother in the story puts on a "fresh sari to help her face the summer evening." A sari is traditionally worn by women who live in the Indian subcontinent. While it is true that Indian women...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 9:47 pm UTC

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Which images in "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai suggest loss and death?

The first image that comes to my mind about loss and death in "Games at Twilight" is the image of the dog sprawled out on the ground. The day is hot. Really hot. Not even the dog wants to move a...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2016 9:29 pm UTC

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Comment on the character of Ravi in "Games at Twilight."

Ravi is the character who, as the story progresses, we see more and more of the action from his point of view. When we start he is just one of many children eager to go outside and play. He seems...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 6:20 pm UTC

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Does Desai use instances of flash-forward or flashback to order the events in this story?

The story is told in the order that the events took place, with no real examples of flash-forward or flashback. It could not even be argued that the thoughts Ravi has while sitting on the side of...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2019 4:43 pm UTC

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What is the theme of "Games at Twilight."

You might want to begin by considering the significance of the title in this great short story. The word "twilight" has associations of the death of the day and the word "games" indicates...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 6:37 pm UTC

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In the book "Games at Twilight", what details do you notice that show this story is not taking place in the United...

"Games at Twilight" is a short story written by Anita Desai and published in 1978. While the setting in terms of a country is not specifically given to readers, the text does give readers enough...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2019 10:35 pm UTC

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Describe the garden in which the children are playing hide and seek.

There isn't a lot of textual description regarding the garden in "Games at Twilight." The main focus of the "nature" description is about the weather. It is hot. Really hot. Their faces were...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 2:26 pm UTC

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Talk about the experience of Ravi in the shed in "Games at Twilight."

As Ravi hides himself in the shed, trying to find an excellent hiding place that will win him the game of hide and seek and protect him from Raghu, Ravi is initially afraid of being in the shed....

Latest answer posted April 24, 2011 8:09 pm UTC

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What is the setting of "Games at Twilight"?  

As was mentioned in the previous post, the setting of the short story "Games at Twilight" takes place on a hot summer day in India. More specifically, the settings include a veranda attached to a...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2017 10:37 am UTC

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What is the relevance of the title Games at Twilight?  

The title of this story bugged me the first time that I read the story. It bugged me because when I started reading the story, it was clear that the children were not playing any games at...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016 2:36 pm UTC

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Imagine you are Ravi in "Games at Twilight." Describe your thoughts at the beginning and end of the game. Imagine you...

At the beginning of the game I am desperate to find a hiding place. I do not want to lose. I feel triumphant when I see the shed, because I know no one will look for me there. Inside the shed, I am...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2012 5:23 am UTC

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In "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai, what causes Ravi to lose the game even though he wasn't caught?

He stayed in the garage for too long. He was delighted with his awesome hiding place; there are a couple moments when he almost decided to bolt and take his chances, but then he heard kids...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2009 9:47 am UTC

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What is the setting of "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai?  

In the short story "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai, the larger setting is India. However, the more important settings shift from the house to the garden and then to the shed. As the story opens,...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018 1:54 pm UTC

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In the short story "Games at Twilight", which lines suggest that the children had completely forgotten about Ravi?

I would say that the best line is this one: "They had quite forgotten him." A few paragraphs earlier though, the reader is given some hints that the other children have forgotten about Ravi and...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2015 2:35 am UTC

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What does Ravi think it would feel like to be "the winner in a circle of older, bigger, luckier children"?  

Ravi thought it would be thrilling to win during the game and the feeling motivated him to stay in hiding. -and to be the winner in a circle of older, bigger, luckier children—that would be...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2017 8:46 am UTC

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Explain the charater of Raghu in Games at Twilight by Anita Desai.

Raghu is a minor character in this short story, featured briefly at the beginning. The story is about a group of children that are allowed outside to play hide and go seek. Raghu, since he is the...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2009 10:27 am UTC

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Why do the other children stop searching for Ravi?

In “Games at Twilight,” Ravi is younger than all the other children. It is partly for this reason that he remains so long in his hiding place; he is intent on winning the game of hide-and-seek,...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 6:26 pm UTC

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What is the tone in "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai?

Tone is the author’s attitude toward a subject. This short story is largely about childhood. In the beginning of the story, the tone is both serious and desperate. The children cannot wait to...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2012 5:12 am UTC

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What does it mean when kids "burst like seeds" in "Games at Twilight"?

It means that the kids ran out of the house with great velocity. When a seed pod bursts, it is not a slow and lazy looking process. It is like a gunshot, and the seed is propelled out of the pod...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 11:27 pm UTC

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In "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai, how does the suspenseful moment help to build your interest in the conflict?

I believe "the suspenseful moment" that the question is referring to is meant to indicate the time that Ravi spends hiding from Raghu in the shed. You are correct; it is a very suspenseful...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2016 1:51 pm UTC

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How did Ravi lose without being caught?

Throughout the short story, Ravi successfully avoids Raghu by hiding in a dark storage shed. While all the other children continue to hide from Raghu outside, Ravi waits patiently by himself as...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2017 5:36 pm UTC

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In the story "Games at Twilight," how does Desai describe the children's behavior?

As the kids are cooped up in the house, and are finally let out, "they burst out like seeds from a crackling, overripe pod into the veranda, with such wild, maniacal yells." Her simile...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2008 10:06 am UTC

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What would you say is the main point of "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai?

Arguably, one of the central messages of this great short story is the way that we all go through a transition from innocence to experience, like Ravi does, that involves a recognition of our own...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2011 12:31 am UTC

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

Raghu is just a minor character in this excellent short story, with the main focus being on Ravi and his sensitivity and development. However, we are given a number of indications about Raghu and...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 6:57 pm UTC

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How does "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai explore the concept of death?

One of the ways that this story is so fascinating is through how Desai presents an apparently innocent scene of children playing in the Indian heat, only to reveal a far more sinister and...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2012 7:27 am UTC

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Why does Ravi's decision to remain in the shed tell you about him?

Ravi's decision to stay in the shed tells me a couple of things about him. First, it tells me that he is a brave young boy. The shed is not used frequently. The text says that the door is open only...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2016 3:25 pm UTC

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What's an atmosphere of the story "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai?

The story takes place in India, where a bunch of children are playing inside a house. It is summertime, and the weather outside is so hot that everyone has crowded indoors to try to escape the...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2009 12:45 pm UTC

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What are the consequences of Ravi's actions in "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai?

Ravi's first major action that has consequences is his decision to stay hidden for a very long time. The consequence is that all of the other kids forget about Ravi. Ravi is out of sight for so...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 1:10 am UTC

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How does Ravi describe Raghu's legs?

This story is full of great descriptions of kids. The description of Raghu's legs is one of those fantastic descriptions. Ravi is a bit of a runt, and the other kids aren't afraid to let him know...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2018 11:05 pm UTC

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How did Raghu triumph over other players in "Games at Twilight"?

Raghu triumphed because he found the other players in the game. It was clear that Raghu was able to discover the players who were hiding. Desai writes, "Raghu had found all the others long ago."...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2015 4:27 pm UTC

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What techniques does Desai use to develop Ravi in "Games at Twilight"?

Anita Desai uses a combination of direct and indirect characterization to develop Ravi. There is quite a bit of direct characterization happening with Ravi in this story. Readers are told many...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016 1:30 pm UTC

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What is the climax of Games at Twilight by Anita Desai? What is the theme? What is the denouement?

The climax of "Games at Twilight" occurs when Ravi runs out of his hiding spot and shouts "den" to claim his victory. The denouement, or falling action, of the story is when the kids do not give...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016 5:24 pm UTC

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What are the children doing at the beginning of Games at Twilight? What does their behavior tell you about the...

Some readers would say that the children are doing nothing at the beginning of the story. Those readers do not have children of their own or they have never tried to keep kids inside on a rainy...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 2:41 pm UTC

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What is an analysis of "Games at Twilight"?

This short story is all about growing up and learning about one's true insignificance in the grand scheme of things. The story explores the way in which children play games that teach them...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2013 12:24 pm UTC

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In Anita Desai's short story "Games At Twilight," how does the writer vividly present the children in the story's...

The author effectively uses a number of various descriptors and figures of speech to indicate the children's emotions and actions and to graphically convey what they looked like. In effect, she...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 3:25 pm UTC

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Please comment on the irony in "Games at Twilight."

This is an excellent story! Central to this tale is the irony of the main protagonist, Ravi, experiences at the end of the story. Let us just remind ourselves of the main events of the tale. It is...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2011 6:27 pm UTC

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What is the atmosphere in the short story "Private Tuition by Mr Bose" by Anita Desai?

Atmosphere, also called mood, in a literary work is the emotional feeling created by the work from within the setting. It is a literary element and as such is a literary device common to all works...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2010 10:56 am UTC

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In Games at Twilight by Anita Desai, what truth about life does Ravi discover?  

This question does not have a happy answer. "Games at Twilight" is wonderful story. It's too bad that it ends on such a depressing note. The life lesson that Ravi learns is that people are mean,...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2016 10:52 pm UTC

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How can we relate the main theme to the title of "Games at Twilight"?

Clearly the central theme of this story is the way in which we all go through a stage where, like Ravi, we realise our own insignificance and thus undergo a kind of death in terms of our innocence...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 6:54 pm UTC

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What is Mira's character like in "Games at Twilight"?

The first mention of Mira in the story is an important and explicit description of her character: "The motherly Mira intervened." In the group of brothers and sisters and cousins, the children are...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2019 6:45 pm UTC

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How does Anita Desai use symbolism to develop a theme in "Games at Twilight"?

The first thing to do for this question is to pick a particular symbol. My recommendation is to go with the game of hide-and-seek. I believe that the game is symbolic of life in general. When the...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2018 3:19 pm UTC

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Provide a brief explanation of the theme of expectation vs. reality in "Games at Twilight." 

The theme of expectation vs. reality is illustrated through the character of Ravi during the game of hide-and-seek. Ravi isn't a leader among the other children. It could be because he is younger...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2016 12:39 am UTC

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What can be a theme statement for the story "Games at Twilight"?

I'm not entirely sure what you mean by theme statement. I think that you might be asking for a theme that is stated or present within the story. One theme that I think is clearly illustrated by...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 2:57 pm UTC

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Analyze the short story "Games of Twilight." Provide the protagonist, antagonist, setting, theme, major conflict, and...

The protagonist in “Games of Twilight” by Anita Desai is Ravi. While playing hide-and-seek, Ravi does his best to hide from Raghu. He hides in an abandoned shed where he speculates about some of...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 9:10 pm UTC

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