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Santigi is the king of the village of Mando. He is a good
and just king who rules his people well. He is an
impartial king. He is the father of kindo. He is/was
decided by maligu to support the strangers coming to the
village. He easily trust people and that is why maligu
capitalizes on that to deceive him. He is highly respected.
As a king of Mando, hr counts on whitehead’s promises
that he will establish school to teach his people. He feels
happy that his people will soon Know how to read and
write. As an impartial king, he banished kindo, his son
when he commits murder. This rare trait is hardly found
these days among kings. His interest as a king is for the
village to be peaceful and progressive. This is a mark of
good leadership. He is a quintessence of good leadership,
impartial and truth.
Tony Lumpkin, son of Mrs Hardcastle by her first
husband (Mr Lumpkin) and stepson to Mr Hardcastle. He
is a mischievous, uneducated playboy and a very
consumptive figure; a fat, ale-drinking young man who
has little ambition except to play practical jokes and to
visit the local tavern whenever be has a mind; frightens
the maids and worries the kittens. Proves to be good-
natured and kind despite his superficial disdain for
everyone. do Mrs Hardcastle has no authority over Tony,
and their relationship contrasts with that between
Hardcastle and Kate.
Tony takes an interest in horses, “Bet Bouncer and
especially the alehouse, where he joyfully sings with
members of the lower-classes. When Tony comes of age,
he will receive 1,500 pounds a year. His mother hopes to
marry him to her niece, constance Neville, who is in line
to inherit a casket of jewels from her uncle. Tony and
Miss Neville despise each other It is Tony’s initial ception
of Marlow, for a joke, which sets up the plot Tony goes to
great effort to help Neville and Hastings in their plans to
leave the country because he despises her.
Tony’s free-wheeling ways of drinking and tomfoolery is
probably because of the huge inheritance that awaits him
when he comes of age.
The mood is gloomy and sober with a corresponding tone
of lamentation and pessimism. There appears to be a shift
in tone in the last stanza as he expresses hope but he
ends the stanza on a pessimistic note.
As a result of the many years of failed governance, the
country experiences all kinds of social problems like
violence, robbery, insurgence, kidnapping thus becoming a
sabre-toothed tiger/a giant hawk . The youths and elder
statesmen refrain from agitation for fear of being
persecuted or repressed by government: While infants
shudder home/the grizzled ones snatch their gut/from
bayonets of tribulation/halting venturous walk at dusk .
In the last stanza, while the poet looks forward to a
generation that will take the nation out of its hopeless
state toward the shore of possibilities, his hope is
threatened by the ravenous nature of the ruling class: The
land lies patiently ahead/ awaiting in ambush , ready to
devour the future change- agents.
Death is presented by the poet as a voyage in crossing the
bar. A voyage is a means of transportation from one
location to another or from one place to another. The
poem talks about passage to eternity. Death is an
inevitable factor in human existence and it causes when it
comes. A means of transportation or voyage means that
one is at one location and is being taken to another place.
Man(all humans) are on earth. A temporary location from
where they will pass to eternity. The means of pass to
eternity..”crossing the bar” is through death which is the
voyage. The poet imagines his death at sunset as the call
of nature comes. This sunset and evening which he
maintains in the first stanza are symbols of old age when
the to be transported should expect his/her voyage to the
other location where he/she hitherto has never been.
The poet sees death as an ultimate means for this voyage
which cannot be underscored. Though he emphasizes that
when he embarks, may there be no sadness of farewell.
He does not ask of hues and cries because he knows that
through this voyage called death he will meet his saviour
optimistically. This is captured in the last two lines of the
…I hope to see my pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar
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2018/2019 LITERATURE(DRAMA &POETRY) QUESTIONS &