An Astrologer's Day

by R. K. Narayan

Start Free Trial

Topics for Further Study

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

Narayan's story often draws attention to light and darkness. To what extent is the imagery of light central to the overall structure of the story? Relate your response to the title of the story.

The groundnut vendor, whose lighting enables the astrologer to conduct his business, comes across as a very colorful character. Write a brief narrative entitled "A Groundnut Vendor's Day" in order to show how different his or her life would have been.

Narayan's reputation as a significant writer has not waned during the last fifty years. To what extent do you think "An Astrologer's Day" demonstrates aspects of his fiction that would account for his popularity?

The general consensus among critics is that reading Narayan is one way of understanding the real India. How accurately and how comprehensively does "An Astrologer's Day" create a sense of the social and cultural conditions in India?

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

What Do I Read Next?