Games at Twilight

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

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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 "Games at Twilight " is the theme of alienation.  Ravi is bound...

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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 "Games at Twilight" is the theme of alienation.  Ravi is bound and determined to be a part of the group.  He doesn't only want to be a part of the group though, he desperately wants to be accepted as a "cool" kid within the group.  In order to do that, Ravi believes that winning the hide and seek game is tantamount to his success.  

To defeat Raghu—that hirsute, hoarse-voiced football champion—and to be the winner in a circle of older, bigger, luckier children—that would be thrilling beyond imagination.

Unfortunately, his victory doesn't get Ravi any more credibility than he had before.  He was so alienated at the beginning of the story that all of the other kids forgot that he was even playing.  Then at the end of the story, he is still alienated, because none of the other children are willing to accept his supposed victory.  

"Don’t be a fool,'' Raghu said roughly, pushing him aside, and even Mira said, "Stop howling, Ravi. If you want to play, you can stand at the end of the line,'' and she put him there very firmly.

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