JUPEB: LITERATURE LITERARY APPRECIATION 004

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JUPEB: LITERATURE LITERARY APPRECIATION 004

LITERARY APPRECIATION AND PRACTICAL CRTICISM

Use the questions below to show your understanding of the passage that follows:

Why stop fasting at this particular moment, after forty days of it? He had held out for a long time, an illimitably long time; why stop now, when he was in his best fasting form or rather, not yet quite in his best fasting form? Why should he be cheated of the fame he would get for fasting longer, for being not only the record hunger artist of all time, which presumable he was already, but for beating his own record by a performance beyond human imagination, since he felt that there were no limits to his capacity for fasting? His public pretended to admire him so much, why should it have so little patience with him; if he could endure fasting longer, why shouldn’t the public endure it? Besides,

he was tired, he was comfortable sitting in the straw, and now he was supposed to lift himself to his full height and go down to a meal the very thought of which gave him a nausea that only the presence of the ladies kept him from betraying, and even that with an effort.

(Culled from Franz Kafka – A hunger Artist’)

(a) Justifying your choice, state the point of view employed in the passage.

(b) Evaluate the subject’s perception of the audience..

(c) Which critical approach is most suitable in the analysis of the passage? Justify your

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choice.

14. Use the questions below to show an understanding of the poem that follows:

Save us from the night From bleak open highways their

Without end, and the fluorescent

Oases of gas stations

from the gunning of immortal engines past midnight

when time has no meaning,

from all night cafes,

ghoulish slices of pie

(Roo Borson – Save us From”)

(A)With reference to the words, phrases and devices employed, explain the concern of this poem.

(b) Which critical approach is most suitable in the analysis of the passage? Justify your choice.

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