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Discuss the theme of childhood as presented in "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai.  

In "Games at Twilight" Anita Desai has the ability to portray childhood in all of its excitement and exhilaration, innocence, vulnerability, and even heartached. The theme of childhood is one that...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2009 11:42 pm UTC

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In Games at Twilight, what do you think the color white represents?

Anita Desai's use of white is significant in this short story. The story begins on a typical hot day in India. It is so hot that even the dog's eyes look like 'two white marbles rolling in the...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2015 5:24 pm UTC

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Please give some examples of foreshadowing in "Games at Twilight."

There are certainly a number of very specific images in this rich, visual work of literature that suggest loss and death, which could be said to foreshadow the "death" of Ravi at the end of this...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 6:26 pm UTC

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Describe the setting and its significance in "Games at Twilight." 

The setting of the story is a large garden somewhere in India. The general, broad setting is in India. That's never stated, but the details about tea time and brown skin colors lead readers to...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 3:10 pm UTC

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What is your overall impression of the children and their games throughout the story? Explain 

My overall impression of the children in Anita Desai's "Games at Twilight" is that they are portrayed very realistically. In the beginning of the story, the children are going stir crazy, because...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2016 2:41 pm UTC

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What details do you notice that show this story is not taking place in the United States? Is Ravi’s experience unique...

"Games at Twilight" is the first story in Anita Desai's collection of short stories, Games at Twilight and Other Stories, originally published in 1978. "Games at Twilight" is the story of Ravi. As...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2019 9:18 pm UTC

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In the beginning of "Games At Twilight," why are the children so eager to go outside and play?

The children in the story "Games at Twilight" are super eager to play outside, because they have been cooped up inside all day. On top of being imprisoned inside all day, the house that they are...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 2:38 pm UTC

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How did Anita Desai portray the child's disappointment in the story?

I believe that the child you are referring to in your question is Ravi. He spends most of the story hiding in a shed from Raghu, because the kids are playing hide and seek. The entire time Ravi is...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 2:41 pm UTC

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Imagine yourself as Ravi in Games at Twilight and you are hiding in the shed. Write about your feelings and thoughts...

It helps to try to put yourself into Ravi's shoes, to try to think about what he might be thinking and feeling. And, Anita Desai herself gives a really great description in the story--read through...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2010 2:02 am UTC

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

Ravi thinks that winning the hide-and-seek game is the most thrilling and wonderful thing that he could possibly imagine. Ravi can't even begin to describe how awesome winning would be. To defeat...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016 10:50 pm UTC

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What is the application of postcolonialism criticism to "Games at Twilight"?

Given the very wide ranging import of postcolonial criticism, this question could be answered in a number of different ways. In one sense postcolonialism is about celebrating voices from the...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011 9:10 pm UTC

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Why is Ravi angry when he finds that they are already playing another game?

At the beginning of the story, the children decide to play a game of hide-and-seek. Ravi, the story’s protagonist, feels smaller and weaker than the other boys, especially the game’s seeker,...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 7:58 pm UTC

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What do you learn about the family in Games at Twilight?

Ravi came from a large family and he had several brothers and sisters including his elder brother Raghu, elder sister Mira and his younger brother Manu. They also lived together with their cousins...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015 9:06 pm UTC

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An important idea in the story "Games at Twilight" is that the childish games are...?

"Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai is a touching and very well-written account of Ravi, who learns a profound life lesson while playing a classic child's game of Hide 'N' Seek. The story recounts,...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2009 1:37 pm UTC

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How is the theme of loneliness, in your opinion, dealt with in "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai?

That's a good question because that is not one of the typical themes that gets focused on in this story. I would say that the theme of loneliness is dealt with and best illustrated through the...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 2:43 pm UTC

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In "Games at Twilight," what key details suggest that the children use this rhyming game to choose who will be "it".

The best evidence that I can point you toward is the immediacy that the children fall into place and begin playing the rhyming game. The children decide that the first game that they all should...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2016 1:50 pm UTC

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What are the colors mentioned in "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai? What do they describe?

The color red is mentioned in the story's opening paragraph. It is being used to describe the children's faces. The first sentence of the story tells readers that the day has been really hot....

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 2:59 pm UTC

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What are Ravi's feelings at the beginning?

Ravi feels cooped up with all of the other children, and then he wants to win the game. He searches for a place where he will not be found. The point of view of the story is third person...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2012 5:42 am UTC

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How do I comment on Raghu's character in the "Games at Twilight" story by Anita Desai?  

When a teacher asks you to "comment on a character," the teacher is asking you to describe the character. It's a fairly open ended question, so you can comment on the character's physical...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016 3:24 pm UTC

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Imagine you are Ravi at the end of "Games at Twilight." Write your thoughts. It should be based on how you feel if...

This is a very good question! Obviously, to answer it well, you need to understand the ending of the story and what Desai is trying to suggest or say about human experience. The game of...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 6:09 pm UTC

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In "Games at Twilight," how does Desai make us feel sympathy for Ravi? What techniques or use of the theme does this...

Desai creates a sense of sympathy for Ravi because she constructs the pain of being voiceless. Throughout the narrative, Ravi is marginalized and alienated from the other kids. On one level, this...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2014 12:46 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 thinks it would be the greatest feeling that he has ever experienced in his entire lifetime. The text specifically tells readers that it "would be thrilling beyond imagination." In other...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2016 12:08 am UTC

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Why was the shed with the green door a good place to hide from Raghu in "Games at Twilight"?

The shed appears to be a great place for Ravi to hide from Raghu for two reasons: 1)The shed is dirty and manifests an atmosphere most children would characterize as spooky. Furthermore, rats,...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2015 10:14 pm UTC

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How does Anita Desai portray a child's development in "Games At Twilight"?

There are certain stages that we must all go through to become well-functioning adults who can live in our world and make a meaningful contribution to society. Unfortunately, often those stages...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 6:51 pm UTC

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Explain how a postcolonial criticism would look in terms of Desai's Games at Twilight.

I think that there are several ways that a postcolonial critique of Desai's work could look. Fundamentally, it has to be presumed that this game of hide and seek is a representation of something...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2011 5:15 pm UTC

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In the story "Games at Twilight," how does the suspense help build your interest in the final scene?

"Games at Twilight" is a wonderful story, and the suspense that Desai builds within the story is a huge reason as for why the story is so good and motivates young readers to finish the story. The...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 6:57 pm UTC

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Why are the children not allowed to go outside at the beginning of the story?

The children cannot go outside because the sun is too dangerous during the day. They have to wait until twilight, when the sun goes down. The short story “Games at Twilight” takes place in India....

Latest answer posted March 29, 2012 5:36 am UTC

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How do the colours play important role in the story of "Games at Twilight"?

One of the notable aspects of this excellent short story is the way that imagery is used so excellently to create a real sense of place and setting. Thus it is that colours are part of this vibrant...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 7:52 pm UTC

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How would you analyse the interaction among the children in "Games at Twilight" from a social theory perspective?

I would want to answer this question by analysing the way in which power is demonstrated and established in this group of children. If we look at this story, we can see that the children are often...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011 7:09 pm UTC

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How does Desai deal with the theme of oppression in "Games at Twilght"?

That is an interesting question, because oppression isn't a super-obvious theme that I would have come up with for that story. There isn't any blatant cruelty or horrific acts of oppression going...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2009 2:10 pm UTC

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Which child picks his nose in the story?       

Thank you for asking this question! I don't know how I ever happened to miss this detail in the story before. It is a disgusting paragraph, and I found myself laughing and cringing at the same...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2016 2:32 pm UTC

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What mode of literary criticism would work with "Games at Midnight"?

If you were looking for a particularly relevant line of literary criticism for Desai's work, I would suggest assessing it from the postcolonial point of view. Examining the issues of alienation...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2011 3:11 pm UTC

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Which two points of view are used in “Games at Twilight” by Anita Desai? A. third-person omniscient B. second...

The correct answer is choice "A" and choice "C." The story begins with a third-person omniscient narrator. The narrator tells us about how the children feel and how the mother that is tasked with...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2016 12:20 am UTC

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Does Ravi experience nihilism in "Games at Twilight"?

Nihilism is a doctrine that maintains that nothing has any real existence. Nihilists therefore reject religious and political truth claims as being false. However, when we think of Ravi and his...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 6:43 pm UTC

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What do you think the writer means by describing the children's play as "the business of the day?"

In the story, the author describes the children's play as 'the business of the children's day.' There are two underlying assumptions here. First, the business of children is to play; through play,...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2015 8:26 pm UTC

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In "Games at Twilight," if Ravi came from a smaller family, how might his experience be different?

I think the crucial difference would have been that Ravi's epiphany might have been delayed for a few more years. Let us remember that the realisation that swamps Ravi at the end of the story...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2011 8:39 pm UTC

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Choose any character from "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai, and say how you feel sympathy for him/her.

My favorite character is the main character, Ravi. He is such a vulnerable, imaginative, and hopeful little kid, and I can't help but relate to him. Desai goes into such depth to describe his...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2009 12:09 pm UTC

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In the first part of the story "Games at Twilight," explore how Desai memorably portrays the actions and feelings of...

The question refers to a "first part" of this story. I am not sure exactly where that first part ends, so I am going to limit my answer to the text that I consider to be from the first part of the...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016 9:12 pm UTC

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What appropriate literary theory should we use to analyse "Games at Twilight" and the interaction among the children?

I would suggest that approaching this story from a psychological standpoint would be most appropriate. Although Anita Desai is an author whose fiction can be analysed from the viewpoint of...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2011 7:15 pm UTC

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What is a suitable literary theory that can be used to analyse "Games at Twilight"?

I think using any theory based on psychology would be a good response to this question. There are of course many other possible theories that you could use to analyse this tremendous story, but,...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011 6:44 pm UTC

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What is the suitable literary theory that can be used in analysing the story "Games at Twilight"? Relevant theories...

Perhaps the most relevant critical theory to examine the story "Games at Twilight" would be Psychoanalytic. Based upon the fact that the work itself is deemed psychological, examining the text from...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011 7:44 am UTC

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Games at Twilight Why is the story "Games at Twilight" central on the writing of Anita Desai

This is considered one of Anita Desai's most important stories because it very successfully captures the psychological aspects of childhood that Desai is exploring. It is both an accurate portrayal...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2012 5:30 am UTC

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Criticism Theory Question. Other than the the social criticism in  the story, can anyone tell me what ohter theory...

You might find it beneficial to explore how postcolonial criticism can be used to develop interesting insights into this brilliant short story. Anita Desai is an author whose works have been...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2011 8:33 pm UTC

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In 'Games at Twilight', how is the interaction among the children from a social theory perspective? Analyse the...

Social theory, otherwise known as Sociological Perspective, systematically examines social behaviors and social groups. Originating during the enlightenment period, this theory examined the self...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011 8:02 am UTC

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