ISC English Salvatore by W. Somerset Maugham

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  1. Faiza Khan says:

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    Good work guys…

  2. Sarah says:

    Great explanation!!…
    Can you also post on The Dolphins by Carol Duffy….

  3. shreya says:

    Great work sir …… it helped me a lot……

  4. Sandeep says:

    So nice explanation and enthused vocabulary..

  5. SUBRATA ROY says:

    can you provide some ISC long question answeres (20 marks) on

    • Satya Prakash says:

      I am writing notes on the different lessons one by one. I will append some long question-answers to them, but this will take some time.

  6. Ayushi says:

    Thank you for the great support and help you are offering….. Sir can you please upload the summary of other short stories as well as essays??

  7. Adrita Das says:

    Sir could you please write the summary of the darkening thrush by Thomas Hardy? Sir please ,
    this is very much important for us.

  8. Asmita says:

    When would the long answer be posted?

  9. Vanshicha verma says:

    very helpful…. Thanks a lot sir for your help..

    Good vocabulary and easily understood…

  10. Ishita says:

    Wow… What a great summary!!
    Thanks a lot SATYA sr……
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    and sr plz publish summaries of other ISC short stories and poems too plz sr.

  11. Arsh says:

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  12. Adrita Das says:

    1. Discuss the theme of love and affection as depicted in the story ‘Salvatore’
    2.A static character in a story is the one who remains primarily the same throughout the story. The events in the story do not alter this character’s outlook and personality . Does this description of a static character fit in with Salvatore? Give reasons to support your answer.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Adrita, I have moved away from English, and am devoting my time to Physics and Maths for JEE aspirants. This leaves me with very little time to write customized answers for you. Hope you understand.

  13. Adrita Das says:

    But sir this questions are very very important for my assignment and I need to submit them by 16th June. Can’t you write the answers within this time? It’s near about one and a half weeks later.

  14. Adrita Das says:

    Sir please write the answers by tomorrow. I have to submit it by 16th.

  15. Adrita Das says:

    Sir please write the answers today. It’s very urgent. I understand that you are busy but I’m helpless too! Please write the answers.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Theme of love and affection in ‘Salvatore’ ..
      W. Somerset Maugham was a humanist, a liberal, and a keen observer of human relationships. His prose being simple, and free-flowing touched the readers’ heart spontaneously. His love life was rather un-orthodox, and bizarre according to the mores of the society that he lived in, but that didn’t, in any way, diminish his empathy for young lovers who suffered the pain of unrequited love.

      Salvatore, a young adolescent from a working class family, loved the girl of the nearby village. She also was from the same social strata, whose family had similar socio-economic priorities. The bonding between the two lovers was intensely passionate. In the throes of adulthood, the two felt the gushes of romance and amorous feelings in no small measure. In short, it appeared to be a bond written on stone, till tragedy struck and tore the affair asunder. Salvatore went on conscription duty to far-off China, leaving his sweat-heat behind. Although he returned prematurely, he found, to his great horror, the girl had slipped away irreversibly from him. His physical handicap had led to the botching up of the relationship that once had appeared to be straight from heaven.
      The girl’s father had brought up their daughter with great affection and care. They couldn’t envisage the daughter marrying a man who had apparently lost his power to toil and earn his bread. For the doting parents, such concern was all but natural.
      Maugham has portrayed the girl as a pragmatic person who couldn’t think of repaying her parents’ affection with obstinate longing for Salvatore. She was right in her judgment, and her parents were also right.
      Salvatore’s parents had no dearth of affection for their son. So, to soften the grief, they held back the news of the girl’s family from Salvatore as long as they could.
      Salvatore, the broken lover, emerges through Somerset Maugham’s pen as a matured, equanimous young man having no place in his heart for revenge or bitterness. His love is sublime, and heavenly.

      On suggestion of his parents, he accepts another girl, Assuntha by name, in the nearby community, marries her, and raises his family. Never does he complain about not getting from her what his earlier beloved could have given him. The broken affair does not cast the faintest shadow on the new marital relationship. Salvatore again comes out triumphant here, as an ideal lover, and as an ideal husband.

      He takes his children to the sea beach where they gambol and make merry. As an ideal father, he keeps an eye on them, and enjoys his time with them in the beach.

      Maugham is a narrator par excellence. He pens the story that has pathos at the core, but in his masterly style, keeps any mention of bitterness, revenge, and jealousy out of it. On reading the story, one wonders how a common working class village boy can have such ability to keep rancor and retribution out of the way. In a nutshell, the story of Salvatore radiates goodness, singing aloud the praise of selfless love, and pure affection.


      Adrita, no time to write any more. Excuse me.

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