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Sredni Vashtar

The main conflict in "Sredni Vashtar" is between the protagonist Conradin and his cousin Mrs. De Ropp, the antagonist. For Conradin, [Mrs. De Ropp] represented those three-fifths of the world that...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2016 3:27 pm UTC

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In the story, we learn that the relationship between Conradin and his guardian, Mrs. De Ropp, is fraught with tension and mutual dislike. Conradin thinks of Mrs. De Ropp as a nemesis of sorts; for...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2016 2:45 pm UTC

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Tension permeates the powerful narrative of “Sredni Vashtar.” Saki does an amazing job at bringing it out through the eyes of Conradin: a miserable child who is as sickly as he is unfortunate. Saki...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 4:52 pm UTC

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There are a couple things that I can think of in this story that are ironic. First, it seems somewhat ironic that a boy who is supposed to be fated to die soon would want to withdraw from the...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2010 11:49 pm UTC

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In the short story "Sredni Vashtar" by H.H. Munro (Saki), the ferret is not only linked to death but also it is worshiped as a god by Conradin, the sickly ten-year-old boy, and is responsible for...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2018 7:53 pm UTC

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In general, Saki employs irony in his stories along with satire of the foibles of Edwardian society. In his short story "Sredni Vashtar," the author adopts an ironic tone and he satirizes in an...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2016 2:45 pm UTC

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The ending of Saki's "Sredni Vashtar" is powerful because it has elements of the mysterious and the preternatural that converge with the realism of the story. Saki's narrative is rife with intense...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016 12:25 am UTC

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The protagonist of the short story "Sredni Vashtar" is Conradin, a ten year-old sickly child who lives with his cousin, Mrs. de Ropp. She is his antagonist. The protagonist of the story is the main...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 8:31 pm UTC

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Of course, Mrs. De Ropp does not actually deserve to die. Her offenses against Conradin are grave, but they are not capital crimes. However, she is to blame for her own death because she makes a...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2011 12:51 am UTC

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The themes of "Sredni Vashtar" are wishes and faith. The young boy is sick and doesn't have any agency or happiness; he knows that he's likely to die soon. He places his faith in a ferret that he...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2019 5:39 pm UTC

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The ending of “Sredni Vashtar” is powerful in many ways. First, it is a very cathartic ending, where the reader can finally feel some vicarious relief through the eyes of the main character, 10...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 8:29 pm UTC

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Sredni Vashtar

Conradin is a 10 year-old child who lives with his guardian, Mrs. De Ropp. Despite of being his cousin, Mrs. De Ropp dislikes Conradin a lot. Conradin's life is very sad and miserable. He is sick...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 6:01 pm UTC

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In order to determine the role of the polecat-ferret, the Houdan hen, and the empty barnyard in Conradin's life, we should examine how these things come to be significant in Conradin's life. Upon...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2015 6:18 pm UTC

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In this, one of Saki's most enigmatic short stories, Conradin is a child who is emotionally neglected, not just because he is an orphan, but also because his guardian and cousin, Mrs. De Ropp, is...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2015 8:29 pm UTC

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The basic idea of this story is that a 10 year old boy named Conradin (who is terminally ill) is living with his cousin, Mrs. DeRopp. They hate each other. She is pretty harsh with him, always...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2010 10:05 pm UTC

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Mrs. De Ropp dies when she is attacked by Conradin's polecat-ferret, Sredni Vashtar. The story of how she dies is faithfully described by the author and is presented as a case of poetic justice....

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 3:13 pm UTC

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By portraying Conradin's aunt as a domineering and suffocating presence in his life, Saki causes us to sympathize with the protagonist. Additionally, since Conradin's life is one of unmitigated...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2016 6:31 pm UTC

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The short story "Sredni Vashtar" is one of the few examples of macabre stories by H.H. Munro, also known as Saki. It is included in Saki's Chronicles of Clovis. In a fashion that detours from...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2011 2:44 am UTC

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If we go simply by the actual text of the story, there is absolutely no way for us to know what happened to Conradin's parents. His parents are never mentioned in any way in the story. All we...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2010 11:42 am UTC

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The ending of Shredni Vashtar is so powerful because it illustrates the horrific glee and the quiet satisfaction of a child at his guardian's death. The resolution is made even more poignant when...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015 9:47 pm UTC

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There are several traits that Conradin himself possesses which are cause for the reader's sympathy. There are also other characteristics of the cousin/guardian which provide a reason for the reader...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2017 1:49 am UTC

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One of the best ways authors generally bring out the theme of conflict in their writing is to portray a struggle between opposing values. For example, in this short story, Conradin and his guardian...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2015 9:30 pm UTC

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The writer memorably portrays the experience of being a child in Sredni Vashtar by: 1)Using humor. This is a sad story of one boy's experience living under the guardianship of a cousin who seems...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2015 2:41 pm UTC

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Sredni Vashtar

Hello! To answer your question, Saki uses a few literary devices to bring out the feeling of Conradin being oppressed and in search of freedom. I describe the two most prevalent devices below....

Latest answer posted July 27, 2015 9:48 pm UTC

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The description of the ferret in "Sredni Vashtar" as a god is an example of personification. Personification entails awarding human traits and features to an inanimate object or to something which...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2014 8:38 pm UTC

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Saki wrote Sredni Vashtar against the backdrop of Edwardian bourgeois or upper-class society. As a well-known satirist, Saki (or Hector Hugh Munro) mercilessly lampooned aunts and female guardians...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2016 7:22 pm UTC

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Anabaptism is an offshoot of protestantism that holds that baptism should only be done to people who have made the conscious decision to believe in God. As a result, Anabaptists do not believe in...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 6:57 pm UTC

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