Answer ANY ONE of the following in about 100-120 words.
Fiction writers prefer creating grey characters rather than black and white. Analyse this in detail, with reference to both the characters of The Thief’s Story
Introduction – Both characters in the ‘The thief’s story’ are neither completely black (negative) or white (ideal) as both of them have redeeming qualities as well as those that need improvement. Therefore, the story reveals both their personas as grey . (mix of both black and white).
Let us look at the natures of these characters individually.
i. Hari Singh
- He was a thief who was artful and too smart for his age.
- He fooled his victims and police with the help of his mind and wasn’t ashamed of lying and stealing.
- Also, he made no efforts to confess that he had given in to the temptation of stealing the notes
- However, his nature changed due to love, affection and Anil’s trust.
- Therefore,the character of Hari Singh is not a flat character who is either black or white
- While we can admire Anil for his qualities such as him being helpful and simple , he also had certain negative or ‘not ideal’ qualities such as -
- He was easily trusting and forgave the thief
- He never uttered a word despite knowledge of the theft.
- He was also casual about money and ignored Hari Singh’s pilfering.
- Therefore, even the character of Anil is not a flat character who is either black or white.
Conclusion - Grey characters present a challenge to the readers, allow a sense of unpredictability and present a moral challenge .That is why the characters of Hari Singh and Anil are created as grey characters.