ISC English literature -Fritz by Satyajit Ray

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  1. Kushagra Shukla says:

    The Best Story To Be Read

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Thank you, Kushagra.

      • pratik choudhary says:

        can I get a answer or this… discuss how Satyajit ray brings in the element of paranormal presence in his story FRITZ..

        • Satya Prakash says:

          Sorry Prstik. I am presently tied up with some other assignments.

        • jahnavi says:

          Satyajit Ray right from the beginning of the story brings in the element of paranormal and macabre. The choice of the place, Bundi. the appearance of the the cook, the eerie surroundings around their circuit house, the disturbing night and the prints on the quilt and so on.

          • Satya Prakash says:

            Quite right. Also, the origin of the doll from a far-away remote village in Europe adds to the intrigue.

    • Tamseel says:

      Dude…. If you think that this is the best story, I believe you’ve not seen Annebell Creation yet….

      • Satya Prakash says:

        Agreed

      • Rajshree says:

        Dear , it is very absurd that you are comparing Satyajit Ray’s stories with a logic less movie Annabelle Creation… I mean seriously ??

        • Satya Prakash says:

          Sorry, Rajshree, if I have hurt your sentiments. I am one of the greatest admirers of Satyajit Ray. I have seen all his films with keen interest. I remember the scenes and dialogues of Charulata, although I saw the picture two decades ago. So is my fascination with Teen Kanya, and so many of his other films. I will discuss the matter with an expert, and if there is indeed anything derogatory towards this great son of India, I will edit the portion appropriately. Sorry, again.

  2. Sarmi says:

    Well organised and well explained.

  3. shivangi says:

    can i please get the answers ?? i have my exam soon and i’m not able to get the proper words and the sequence in which i should answer these questions. I’ll be nice of you to help me with this. thanks 🙂

  4. ankur says:

    someone please help me getting the answer of a question-
    how did satyajit ray tried to play with human pshycology by his story fritz???
    pls someone help me..u can even mail me …ID-agarwalankurmani@gmail.com

  5. Shikha Mishra says:

    Wonderful language. Can I have the solution of workbook here😃

  6. Zaara says:

    can someone please help me with the question:-How apt is the title of the story Fritz?.The answer doesn’t require any specified limit.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Fritz started his journey in a nondescript artisan’s workshop in a remote village in Sweden till it ended in a shallow grave under a tree in a circuit house in Bundi in Rajasthan. For a long time, he was befriended, adored, fawned-over by Jayanto. Then his life ended in a grisly encounter, when stray dogs ripped its supple body apart. For Jayanto, it was the loss of a very dear friend who lived in flesh and blood and proved to be a companion with a soul. Fritz departed from this mortal world, but never left its abode in Jayanto’s heart. Fritz visited his old friend during his later sojourn to Bundi and stay in the same old circuit house where it was fatally attacked by dogs. When Fritz came out of his grave, he showed his old friend Jayanto that he was still alive.
      The gripping story would have become lifeless without Fritz. So, naming it after Fritz is so apt and intelligent.

  7. Yash jaiswal says:

    1.What may be the possible end of the story fritz?
    2.Is fritz a horror story or a funny story?
    Yashjaiswal697@gmail.com

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Answer to 1 .. The discovery of human remains in the tattered body of Fritz hits both the friends like a thunderbolt. They rush back to their rooms. Unable to fathom he sight of a mutilated Fritz, Jayanto falls sick. He finds it hard to breathe, and his body quivers. The author is affected far less. He calls in a doctor who administers tranquilizer injection to Jayanto, and advises the duo to go back to their homes at the earliest. At considerable inconvenience, the author brings his friend back. It takes months of psychiatric counselling for Jayanto to regain his normality.

      Answer to 2 ..It is horror story with a tinge of fun.

  8. Megha Suresh says:

    how is fritz an unusual horror story and show how Satyajit Ray create horror out of inanimate objects?

  9. Barika says:

    Love all of ur articles…❤❤

  10. Aadi says:

    There is some error in the Summary of Fritz:
    First of all the cooks name was Dilawar not Dilwer and secondly he was the cook at the time of Jayanto’s Father’s stay at Bundi.
    Please make the necessary changes!

  11. Kaustubh Shukla says:

    It was very helpful

  12. Sourjya Mukherjee says:

    Please can you give me the answer to this question – ” Fritz belongs to the genre of the macabre and the paranormal “

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Wait for day or two, but my answer may not be to your teacher’s liking.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      The author has brought Fritz from far-off Switzerland, and makes it befriend Jayanto with remarkable warmth that only humans are capable of. Fritz makes its place uin Jayanto’s heart. The bond seems un-shakable, till Fritz meets a gory end when a pack feral dogs rip it apart. Like a human being, it is buried. The author’s imagination has run wild from this point. The transformation of a innocuous toy to a mini human skeleton is bizzare and outworldly. How can the ordinary remains of a stuffed toy become a small-sized human skeleton? This defies explanation. Did Fritz have life? Wasit a human in flesh and bones? Conjuring such an idea is very unsettling. So, it will be apt to term the story f Fritz macabre and paranoral.

  13. Ahona Das says:

    If you please could say , how to justify
    the last line of the story fritz…
    “There lay at our feet ,covered in dust..
    perfect little human skeleton ?

    • Satya Prakash says:

      The author wants to accentuate the intrigue and thrill of the story in this last sentence. That a toy can have life like a human in flesh and blood is a weird idea. t can never happen in the realms of reality. Till this sentence, the reader gets no inkling of this this baffling idea. Suddenly, thy are jolted by this sight of a small-sized human skeleton popping out of the shallow pit. The discovery leaves the reader flummoxed and shocked. He begins to link the skeleton with the human-like affection the toy got from his friend in the past. ‘Was it a real human being?’, the author wonders with his mind in a tizzy. In a nutshell, this last sentence holds the key to the thrill of the story.

  14. Manu Shri Chinthala says:

    Can I have the humorous elements in this story and even the scary elements in this story also please

  15. Aviral Tripathi says:

    U r doing a fantastic job Satya Prakash Bhaiya….Awesome KEEP UP the GOOD WORK 🙂 🙂

  16. Aviral Tripathi says:

    Satya Bhaiya what do u think that what should we write in our exam if we are asked that if the fritz was a doll or a human being on which answer will we get marks??

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Thinking of the tiny body exhumed from the ground below the tree as a huma being will be an utterly irrational and bizarre idea. The skeletal remains are nothing but a figment of imagination of the author who has contrived the plot to inject suspense, surprise, and scare in the minds of the readers. He has succeeded in his effort admirably, as the dicovery of the tiny corpse hits the reader like a lightening bolt leaving him numb with fear and awe.

  17. Manu Shri Chinthala says:

    can anyone of you tell me where is the horror element present in this story.
    And even the element of humour hidden in this story.
    How did the author bring out the story of Fritz to the readers also ,I need the main themes of this story excluding horror and friendship

  18. Manu Shri Chinthala says:

    Can anyone tell me the themes in this lesson. Please ,because I am having exam day after tomorrow.
    So can anyone tell me please.

  19. Sanskar DUGAR says:

    Sir you have done an exceptional work here. Your caliber just can’t be questioned. Thanks a lot sir.

  20. anirudh says:

    sir are you an english teacher

  21. Dibyani says:

    What is the reader’s reaction after reading fritz.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      The miniature skeleton emerging from its shallow grave hits the senses of the readers with the force of a thunderbolt. The never had imagined such unworldly thing would happen, an was completely unprepared for it. Soon the realization dawns upon him as to why his friend was so much attached to the doll of a fr-off land. He also begins to connect the many weird things that happened the previous night to the human doll. On the whole, the way Ray has created the plot is masterly.

  22. Bittu says:

    Draw the character sketch of jayanto with reference to the supernaturalism present in the story.
    2-How far is the skeleton related to fritz.
    Words limit 250-300 for both.
    Pls get me the answer of the questions asap,plss.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      By Tuesday

    • Satya Prakash says:

      1. Draw the character sketch of Jayanto with reference to the supernaturalism present in the story.
      Answer ….Jayanto was a reticent, withdrawn character. He was a bit naïve too. Falling in love with a baby toy is for toddlers and young children. As one grows up, such bonds break, and new ones evolve. That is how human grow in mind and intellect. Jayanto couldn’t give up his fascination with Fritz, because he was too much attached to it. Most young children perceive toy boys or girls as living beings, and treat them so, pouring affection and care on them. In this case, Jayanto virtually fawned over Fritz. The sojourn to Bundi wouldn’t have been so tormenting, if Jayanto would have told his friend everything about Fritz openly and unhesitatingly. That Fritz had remained etched in his memory was not quite explained by Jayanto to his friend. This shows, Jayanto was a bit timid, and secretive in nature. He was superstitious too. His meek and mild nature caused him unnecessary trauma during the visit to Bundi.
      It is quite clear the author cast Jayanto in such a mould, so that thrill and suspense could be built into it. Had Jayanto been a bold, extrovert, and rational person, such a plot couldn’t have been created. A miracle such as this, where a toy buried years ago morphs into a tiny skeleton is impossible for a straight forwards, open-minded person to conjure up.
      In a nutshell, we have to see Jayanto as a very sentimental, affectionate, fearful, reserved, and introverted person. But for him, the story of Fritz couldn’t have been written.

  23. Harpreet says:

    DID Jayanto share all the details about Fritz with his friend. Discuss it in not less than 250 words.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Did Jayanto share all the details about Fritz with his friend.
      Jayanto was a reticent, and a somewhat timid man. He was, no doubt, an introvert, with a week, superstitious mind. He discussed the turmoil he was going through with his friend when both were in Bundi, but the information came not spontaneously or naturally, but quite hesitantly, and haltingly. His childhood attachment to the doll Fritz remained buried in his mind, and he didn’t divulge it to his friend, perhaps out of embarrassment, or his secretive and timid nature.
      When poked again and again by his friend about his disturbed demeanour, Jayanto disclosed his past infatuation with the toy, but the details came in dribs drabs. It will be safe to assume that he concealed quite a lot about his interaction with Fritz, and the way their bonding got cemented.
      The story would have lost its suspense and thrill, if Jayanto would have been portrayed as a talkative and flamboyant young man. His withdrawn nature has contributed to the unexpectedness of the plot, and made the story so much more enjoyable.
      ————————–END————————-

  24. Rudra Saikat Mandal says:

    Okk sir. I am waiting for your answer..

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Tagore wrote his poem about the Fort of Bundi, not so much because he was enamoured of the historical Fort, but because the surroundings and the rural landscape had left a lasting impression in his mind. The poem has vivid description of the natural beauty of Bundi expressed in very lively and gripping manner. It was a sleepy place, no doubt, lost among major cities like Jodhpur and Udaipur, but its sear rustic beauty, its flora and its people, as described by Tagore, is very fascinating. The author had read Tagore’s poem.
      This memory of Bundi made him agree to Jayanto’s request to go to Bundi readily.

      • Rudra Saikat Mandal says:

        Thank you sir. Your answer was fantastic.. Teacher gave 8.5 out of 10. I had just mugged it up.

        😂 😂

  25. Shalini says:

    As it is said that we need to write 7-8 quotes in a 20 marks question. So, can you upload a sample answer for that?

  26. Jatin sharma says:

    Sir 🙇 Question !!
    1 why Jayanto wanted to visit Bundi instead of any other place.
    2 what is your reaction to ending of the story

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Word Limit for answers?

    • Satya Prakash says:

      1.Why Jayanto wanted to visit Bundi instead of any other place?
      Answer .. Jayanto’s father had been posted in Bundi during his service under the Archeological Department. Jayanto, then a young boy, had many fascinating memories of the place. He wanted to see how the old Bundi that had liked so much during those days, had changed over the years.Thus, for Jayanto, it was a journey down the memory lane.
      2. What is your reaction to the ending of the story?
      Answer .. The discovery of a tiny human skeleton in the shallow grave under the pipal tree hits the reader like a thunderbolt. Fear, intrigue, and shock leaves them flummoxed and befuddled. Finding a reason for the existence of a human skeleton, and that too of such small size plunges the mind in confusion and dread. Specially, Jayanto’s attachment to Fritz ending in such a climax, adds to the outworldliness of the story.

  27. Jatin sharma says:

    🙇🙇Sir thankyou so much

  28. shadma says:

    sir pls provide some answer of another questions too

  29. Akshat kabra says:

    Sir a question:
    Discuss about the how the author creates an atmosphere of suspense and paranormal activity in the story..Please write answer for a 20 marks question.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Tomorrow 4pm.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Jayanto appears to be somewhat silent and thoughtful from the very beginning. His visit to the dilapidated forts of Bundi along with the author leaves him even more lost in thoughts. This begins to introduce elements of intrigue and uncertainty to the story. The unusually strange origin of the doll, Fritz in a far-off Swedish village and the abnormal fondness Jayanto developed for the doll build up the suspense further. Then came the nocturnal visits of some ghost-like characters into their room in the bungalow. The suspense in the reader’s mind grows further. Finally, the stroll in the bungalow’s front yard by the two friends and the discovery of tiny human skeleton of a Fritz-like being in a shallow grave leads to the climax of the story. The sighting of the skeleton hits the two friends hard, leaving them both bewildered and flummoxed. It’s a deft piece of character building by Satyajit Ray.

  30. Marfa says:

    Thank you sir .
    Your answers helped me a lot

  31. zaara says:

    but this is not written in the story i think gardner would have called up police and both friend would be in jail

  32. Yash Vardhan Goel says:

    Satyajit Ray’s short story the Fritz is about a Swiss doll. Elaborate. Discuss how memory plays an important role in satyajit’s ray Fritz?
    (350 words)?
    Sir if possible please write it by tomorrow.
    We have our exam on 25th

  33. PRINCE says:

    Was the pure,white perfect little human skeleton of Fritz?Or it is the skeleton of a child recently buried there.The reason is that there are hardly any metal buckles of belt found out or brass buttons on the shirt which Fritz wore 31 years ago.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      This story is based on suspense. The discovery of the skeleton right at the spot where the doll was buried 31 years ago ads to the intrigue of the plot. In thirty one years, metal parts of iron get corroded and brass ones get to embedded with muck to make them visible. So, this can’t be an argument to discount the contention that it was indeed Fritz’s cadaver. But, this assumption plunges the reader’s mind in greater absurdity. How can a doll have a skeleton? Well this is understandable when we juxtapose the story against a suspense plot.

  34. Soumajit bera says:

    Si r please post my tempest answer please

  35. Soumajit bera says:

    Sir please pay heed to my request

  36. Aryaman Srivastava says:

    Beautiful explanation sir.

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