The Open Window by Saki

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What is the theme in "The Open Window" by Saki?

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The Open Window” by Saki presents a man in need of a cure for his nerves.  Mr. Nuttel comes to the wrong house. He is there to meet a friend, Mrs. Sappleton, of his sister. While he is waiting on Mrs. Sappleton, he is intercepted by a creative niece who scares the man nearly to death.  If his nerves were bad before, they will not have improved after this visit.

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Reality versus appearance

Thematically, the story speaks first to the difference between reality and appearance .  The fifteen year old niece likes to create stories.  In this situation, she uses one real object, the open...

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Appearance and Reality : Vera seems to be a very sweet girl where as to why framton makes sure that he says the right things and act the right way. But Vera is a very mischievous girl who makes up stories, so well ,that even her own aunt falls for them. the reader also believes Vera to an extent.

Deception : Vera deceives Framton Nuttel with her story of her aunt's brothers being lost in the marsh and never returning. and she also deceives her aunt by giving a reason as to why Nuttel rushed out of the house after seeing the three men.

Sanity and Insanity : this short story measures the sanity and insanity of all the characters. Framton nuttel is insane to believe Vera without being more observant. He thinks that Mrs.Sappleton is insane but he is insane for real. since we see the story through the point of view of Nuttel,our sanity is also being measured and we feel insane to believe Vera to an extent as well. 

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Reality versus Imagination.

Don't believe what you hear but elieve what you see.

Jokes are not always funny.

 

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don't believe everything you hear

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