“Of White Hairs & Cricket,
[Choice one:Explore how the writer of “Of White Hairs and
Cricket” deals with the passing of time.]
In the story, “Of white hairs and cricket” the author, Rohinton
Mistry, deals with the passing of time. The title directly tackles
the theme of the story.
On the one hand, this is a story of passing of time because the
narrator's father was getting old. This kid doesn’t understand why
he is put to do such an awful duty as taking out the white hairs off
his father’s head. Later on, he realised that his father was
getting old. The writer shows, as the first sign of insurrection in
the story, that the child rebels against his father because he
wants to spend his befitting time on something of his own
interest. “I put the tweezers down and reached for the comics”,
in this quote we can see his rebellion and also, that the boy can
not understand what is going on yet.
On the other hand, this is a story of passing of time because the
kid realised that due to his father’s old age, he stopped doing an
activity which he really enjoyed, cricket. He remembered that his
father was not playing cricket anymore, because he was very
tired. Thenceforward, one day, he went to Viraf's house, and he
saw his father really ill, in bed. This is a specular moment, in
which he realised that his father was growing old. From that day
on, he wanted to take all his father’s white hairs off to stop him
from growing old, and eventually dying. Because he wanted to
spend more time with him. The kid loves what he used to hate!
To conclude, the writer of “Of White Hairs and Cricket” deals with
the passing of time, because of all the arguments given before.
By: Flor Claps and Juana Pérez Muñiz