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- How many characters arethere in the story?- Who are the maincharacters?- How are the characters in thestory described?- ...
FIRST MAIN CHARACTER SECOND MAIN CHARACTERTotal of 12 charactersNumber of major characters: 2UncleDasThe littlegirl(Narrat...
Uncle Das
Uncle Das
Uncle Das is an Indianmarried man and fatherto a girl (Jeannie).
He waited for his wife toleave for work in themorning, prepared hisdaughter’s favorite lunchof…pg 189
Physical Description Of Uncle Das• Stout• Dressed up like atypical Indian uncle• Almost bald• Approaching 50 butlooking 60
Tying his favourite graycotton sarong tightlyaround his waist, he lookedinto the full-length mirrorand saw reflected athic...
He believes suicide is abrave act.
“A man’s gotta do what aman’s gotta do, and there’snever a better time so itmight as well be today,” hethought aloud with ...
He hates hisneighbours
He was weary of them all. Theirinsipidness and insolencetorched his already torturedsoul and he wished with thedesperation...
Uncle Das, afterretirement, suffers fromlow self-esteem,forgetting how to lookgood and feel good.
With a head of dark, curlinghair and a washboardstomach, he held the worldin the palm of his handsonly to realise, years l...
Uncle Das
He loves his wife anddaughter.
His wife when they used totalk, never failed to teasehim about the soft rollswrapping around his waist,poking at it and la...
This is Jeannie’s favouriteplace, he suddenlyremembered. She wouldcome here with her friendsto pluck the peanut-shapedfrui...
I knew it was veryimportant to hear andremember his last wordsbecause he was myfriend’s father and he wasdying. pg 195
He is melancholic andspiritually depraved.
• He goes under thetamarind tree• Pours petrol all overhimself• Lights a fire and getsdevoured by the flamesAll in an atte...
She tells the storyMovingNamedThe little girl(Narrator)
She is a 10 year-oldschool girl whowitnesses her friendJeannie’s Father, UncleDas, setting himselfafire.
The little girl representsirony.• Disguised as a naïveand naughty littlecreature who playswith toys like any
I remember waking up tomy mother’s touch andimmediately screwed upmy face to express intensepain.[…] I promptly wentback t...
I made myself comfortableon the cement ground, gladfor the shade from theoverhead awning, andarranged the cups,saucers, kn...
She would come here withher friends to pluck thepeanut-shaped fruit andclimb its branches,spending many an eveningafter sc...
But she ends upshowing a great deal ofmaturity and a betterpresence of mind thanmost of the adultneighbours.
All I could think at thatpoint was that Uncle Dassomehow needed me. Iscrambled over the fence,dashed across the streetand ...
They stood flinching awayfrom the body, reacting insuch unconcealed horrorone would think that UncleDas was suddenly going...
So with the maturity of 10years of experience, I saidwhat I knew would be theright thing to say, whatUncle Das had in his ...
The other characters• Uncle Das’ Wife• Jeannie (Uncle Das’Daughter)• The neighbours
The other characters- Shouts at her husband- Gets tired of pretendingto be happyUncle Das’ Wife
A portrayal of a wife whodeliberately drives herhusband to his grave
Going off at midnight,deliberately coming homeonly when Das is away,and finally refusing to lookat her dying husband ashe ...
The other characters- Sweet 10 year-olddaughter of Uncle Das- Friend of the little girl(Narrator)- Loves fried rice with s...
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The story is written bySaffura Chinniah.- Begins with 3rd person- On 4th page 1st persontakes over- Overlapping of 1st and...
She places herself inthe skin of the little girland narrates the story
I had just turned ten. It wasa school day and I wassupposed to sit for aspelling test given outmonthly by Mrs Ang, alsokno...
However,The author uses the“all-knowing” 3rd personto give a biggerdimension to the 1stmain character (Uncle
He waited for his wife toleave for work in themorning, prepared hisdaughter’s favorite lunchof…pg 189“A man’s gotta do wha...
Characterization of The Tamarind Tree by Saffura Chinniah
Characterization of The Tamarind Tree by Saffura Chinniah
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Characterization of The Tamarind Tree by Saffura Chinniah

Ilshaad Limbada Malaysian Literature In English (MLIE) Presentation of the Characterization in The Tamarind Tree.

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Characterization of The Tamarind Tree by Saffura Chinniah

  1. 1. - How many characters arethere in the story?- Who are the maincharacters?- How are the characters in thestory described?- DetailsLeaving No StoneUnturned...
  2. 2. FIRST MAIN CHARACTER SECOND MAIN CHARACTERTotal of 12 charactersNumber of major characters: 2UncleDasThe littlegirl(Narrator)
  3. 3. Uncle Das
  4. 4. Uncle Das
  5. 5. Uncle Das is an Indianmarried man and fatherto a girl (Jeannie).
  6. 6. He waited for his wife toleave for work in themorning, prepared hisdaughter’s favorite lunchof…pg 189
  7. 7. Physical Description Of Uncle Das• Stout• Dressed up like atypical Indian uncle• Almost bald• Approaching 50 butlooking 60
  8. 8. Tying his favourite graycotton sarong tightlyaround his waist, he lookedinto the full-length mirrorand saw reflected athickset, almost-bald manapproaching fifty andlooking sixty. pg 190
  9. 9. He believes suicide is abrave act.
  10. 10. “A man’s gotta do what aman’s gotta do, and there’snever a better time so itmight as well be today,” hethought aloud with a wrysmile, amused at havingused this Hollywood machowar cry. pg 189
  11. 11. He hates hisneighbours
  12. 12. He was weary of them all. Theirinsipidness and insolencetorched his already torturedsoul and he wished with thedesperation of a man whocared too much that he coulddown the street with a ton full ofpetroleum, light a match andwatch his neighbours and theirmindlessness burst into rip-
  13. 13. Uncle Das, afterretirement, suffers fromlow self-esteem,forgetting how to lookgood and feel good.
  14. 14. With a head of dark, curlinghair and a washboardstomach, he held the worldin the palm of his handsonly to realise, years later,that the world was a jokeand he, the designatedfool. pg 190
  15. 15. Uncle Das
  16. 16. He loves his wife anddaughter.
  17. 17. His wife when they used totalk, never failed to teasehim about the soft rollswrapping around his waist,poking at it and laughing tosee it ripple about like jelly.He would laugh too, justglad to see her smile. pg
  18. 18. This is Jeannie’s favouriteplace, he suddenlyremembered. She wouldcome here with her friendsto pluck the peanut-shapedfruit and...in the wind. Hottears sprang into his eyes.pg 193
  19. 19. I knew it was veryimportant to hear andremember his last wordsbecause he was myfriend’s father and he wasdying. pg 195
  20. 20. He is melancholic andspiritually depraved.
  21. 21. • He goes under thetamarind tree• Pours petrol all overhimself• Lights a fire and getsdevoured by the flamesAll in an attempt to commitsuicide
  22. 22. She tells the storyMovingNamedThe little girl(Narrator)
  23. 23. She is a 10 year-oldschool girl whowitnesses her friendJeannie’s Father, UncleDas, setting himselfafire.
  24. 24. The little girl representsirony.• Disguised as a naïveand naughty littlecreature who playswith toys like any
  25. 25. I remember waking up tomy mother’s touch andimmediately screwed upmy face to express intensepain.[…] I promptly wentback to sleep, proud of mytheatrical panache andfeeling a mite sorry for thesimplicity of adult minds.
  26. 26. I made myself comfortableon the cement ground, gladfor the shade from theoverhead awning, andarranged the cups,saucers, knives and teapotexactly as I had seen itdone in the women’s
  27. 27. She would come here withher friends to pluck thepeanut-shaped fruit andclimb its branches,spending many an eveningafter school pretending itwas a pirate ship swayingin the wind. pg 193
  28. 28. But she ends upshowing a great deal ofmaturity and a betterpresence of mind thanmost of the adultneighbours.
  29. 29. All I could think at thatpoint was that Uncle Dassomehow needed me. Iscrambled over the fence,dashed across the streetand crouched by his side.pg 194
  30. 30. They stood flinching awayfrom the body, reacting insuch unconcealed horrorone would think that UncleDas was suddenly going toleap up, grab at them andleave soot stains all overtheir freshly laundered
  31. 31. So with the maturity of 10years of experience, I saidwhat I knew would be theright thing to say, whatUncle Das had in his heartbut could not put intowords. pg 197
  32. 32. The other characters• Uncle Das’ Wife• Jeannie (Uncle Das’Daughter)• The neighbours
  33. 33. The other characters- Shouts at her husband- Gets tired of pretendingto be happyUncle Das’ Wife
  34. 34. A portrayal of a wife whodeliberately drives herhusband to his grave
  35. 35. Going off at midnight,deliberately coming homeonly when Das is away,and finally refusing to lookat her dying husband ashe struggles to live…
  36. 36. The other characters- Sweet 10 year-olddaughter of Uncle Das- Friend of the little girl(Narrator)- Loves fried rice with stringJeannie
  37. 37. BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHBBLAHBLAH
  38. 38. NarratorandOF6
  39. 39. The story is written bySaffura Chinniah.- Begins with 3rd person- On 4th page 1st persontakes over- Overlapping of 1st and3rd person
  40. 40. She places herself inthe skin of the little girland narrates the story
  41. 41. I had just turned ten. It wasa school day and I wassupposed to sit for aspelling test given outmonthly by Mrs Ang, alsoknown as the Dragon Lady.I remember waking up tomy mother’s touch... pg
  42. 42. However,The author uses the“all-knowing” 3rd personto give a biggerdimension to the 1stmain character (Uncle
  43. 43. He waited for his wife toleave for work in themorning, prepared hisdaughter’s favorite lunchof…pg 189“A man’s gotta do what aman’s gotta do, and there’snever a better time so itmight as well be today,” hethought aloud with a wrysmile, amused at havingused this Hollywood machowar cry. pg 189

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