Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

by Kiran Desai

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What analytical questions could be asked about chapters 8-16 of Hullabaloo In The Guava Orchard?

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One of the key themes in these chapters is the way that Sampath, now that he has lodged himself firmly on the guava tree and has uttered a few phrases that have managed to convince those around him that he is some sort of prophet, changes in the opinion of every character. Some of these changes are good, as in the way that people come to him expecting to see some kind of new prophet, and some of them are more unsavoury, and Sampath's father's exploitation of his son's newfound talent is a perfect example of this. A very good question on these chapters would be to focus on this transformation of Sampath and the opinions and attitudes surrounding him. For example, Chapter Eight makes it perfectly clear that Mr.

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One of the key themes in these chapters is the way that Sampath, now that he has lodged himself firmly on the guava tree and has uttered a few phrases that have managed to convince those around him that he is some sort of prophet, changes in the opinion of every character. Some of these changes are good, as in the way that people come to him expecting to see some kind of new prophet, and some of them are more unsavoury, and Sampath's father's exploitation of his son's newfound talent is a perfect example of this. A very good question on these chapters would be to focus on this transformation of Sampath and the opinions and attitudes surrounding him. For example, Chapter Eight makes it perfectly clear that Mr. Chawla is using his son's new position for his own personal gain:

Already there was a change in the way people looked at Sampath: no longer did they snigger and smirk or make sympathetic noises with their tongues. He. Mr. Chawla, must move as quickly as he could to claim these possibilities for his family, possibilities that stretched, he was sure, well beyond his sight's furthest horizon.

For Mr. Chawla, the change in his son's position is greeted with ambitious avarice, as he seeks to exploit this situation to accumulate as much wealth as he possibly can for himself and his family. Interestingly, however, it might be wise to focus on other characters and how their attitudes and responses to Sampath change or are altered. Pinky and Miss Jyotsna would be other great examples to consider.

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