ISC English Salvatore by W. Somerset Maugham

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  1. Faiza Khan says:

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  2. Sarah says:

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  4. Sandeep says:

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  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:

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  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:

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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.

  16. Rishika says:

    Sir the notes given by you are fantastic. It has helped me to a great extent. I just cannot find words to thank you but surely thank you so much for this help u have done a great job sir…thank you sir.

  17. Sumona says:

    hats off sir…Very well written…even I want to write the answers in the same way as you do…really your notes are of great importance…It helps a lot during examinations and I wish your notes will surely help me to score better marks in the examinations…thank you sir

  18. Sandeep says:

    Thanks a lot sir for your valuable notes for which i was able to study for bimonthly board exams along with entrance preparations.But i have one qtn__-
    Are you the same person who is the author of objective physics (Megha study package) Satya prakash?

    • Satya Prakash says:

      No, I am not, although, being an IIT grad, I love Physics.
      Thank you for your comment on Salvatore.

  19. anurag says:

    Very good summary . Loved it

  20. Additiya says:

    Good essay Sir….thankyou so much

  21. Sruti says:

    Plss answer critical analysis of salvator

  22. Bhavya says:

    What role did assunta play in the life of Salvatore what message does it convey

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Assunta stepped in to steady the rocking boat of Salvatore’s life. His mind had a painful void after his sweetheart and her family aborted the marriage proposal. He was listless, sad, and confused. He didn’t know what to do next. Assunta provided the soothing balm that mended his broken heart. Through her love, loyalty, and homeliness, she brought not only relief, but a sense of fulfilment to Salvatore’s broken life. She gave him children, poured on him a good wife’s love, and disharged her role as very comely companion in his life’s journey.
      Salvatore’s life is a lesson in perseverance, equanimity, and stoicism. Life’s path is always riddled with potholes. Salvatore shunned the corrosive feelings like anger and revenge against his sweetheart. He was resigned to his fate, but wasutterly sad. One should, likewise, accept the twists and turns of life without breaking down, and pull oneslf up to get on to one’s feet leaving the failures behind.

  23. Manu Shri Chinthala says:

    Can I have the answer for this question please,
    How is goodness of Salvatore revealed by the author in this story??

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Manu Shri,
      Whenever asking for a model answer, please specify the word limit.
      Salvatore received jolt after jolt quite early in his youth. He had to sail off to China as part of his conscription obligtion. There, he was crippled by a disease of his joints and bones. Although, it resulted in his early retrn home, his sweetheart had, on the persuation of her parents, turned her face away from him. It broke his heart, and plunged him in much grief. Salvatore had tremendous forbearance and a great heart. He understood a physically unfit man could be a burden for the girl who had broken away from him. Such power of judgement, and stoicism were a unique quality of Salvatore. He resigned to his fate with rare equanimity, and never allowed anger or revenge to enter his mind. He understood his ladylove’s predicament, and just allowed her memories to recede, although very frustratingly.
      Later, he married another girl, became a loving husband, and a responsible father. He lived off his farm and the seas through hard manual labour, but as a true son of the soil, he seldom complained.
      In a nutshell, the story radiates his goodness in abundant manner.

  24. Thanks a lot sir. Your answer helped me a lot……

  25. Rudra Saikat Mandal says:

    Sir please answer to this question…
    How Assunta helped Salvatore in giving a new life.? Words 100..

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Assunta came into the life of Salvatore when the latter was drifting like a battered ship in a turbulent sea. She steadied his life’s ship, applied soothing balm to his bruised mind, and poured love on him generously. Salvatore got back to his feet, and could forget the earlier unhappy romance with ease. Assunta gave him his lovely children, and played an ideal wife’s part in helping him to settle down in his life. Together, they made a happy duo, living off the land and the sea. Salvatore enjoyed his role as a husband, a father, and the bread-earner of the family. Assunta filled the void in Salvatore’s life which otherwise might have wrecked him.

  26. Ayesha says:

    Very helpful summry it hrlped me alot in my exams


    Thnx brother before the paper i was not able to collect the matter for these chapters you really helped me a lot bro and one more thing please post also for quality and of course toughest one (fritz)

  28. Nawal says:

    Fabulous work sir¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Extra ordinary work and vocabulary
    Continue the good work sir

  29. Rahul says:

    hey i want to know to exposition, climax, inner conflict, resolution to complete my prjoect

    • Satya Prakash says:

      I may edit it for you if you write it yourself. Since it will be a big write-up, I can’t write it as my hands are full.

  30. Harpreet says:

    SIR pls can u give me an answer to the question:-
    Discuss Salvatore as a cynical masterpiece. Word limit 250-300

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Wait for a day.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Discuss Salvatore as a cynical masterpiece.
      Somerset Maugham had a troubled married life, and a gay relationship. But, he was an author of profound literary ability. He travelled extensively, and the exposure to diverse cultures, and his agnosticism made him a cynic. A humanist to the core, he instinctively sympathized with people locked in troubled relationships.
      He created Salvatore as an adolescent burning in the desire for female companionship. But, when the war summons came, he obeyed it without a whimper. He didn’t rail or rebel against the war. The cynical streak in his character enabled him to take the separation stoically. He assumed someone was fighting someone else for some selfish gains, and he had to suffer such agony to serve the war-mongers’ vanity.
      When he suffered a debilitating bone ailment, and was discharged from army, he didn’t protest. Instead he felt for returning home. Quite strangely for the reader, the refusal of his girl friend to marry him because of his infirmity, didn’t break Salvatore. He assumed this world abounds in selfish people, and his girl friend and her parents were no exception. It was natural for them to safeguard their daughter’s future, rather than letting the raging romance between the two young lovers to end in marriage. Again, the cynical streak in Salvatore’s nature saved him from being a mental wreck.
      The proposal from Assunta, who was much less beautiful than his first sweet-heart, created no great joy or sadness in his mind. He accepted it because he understood, the girl wanted to be his wife out of her own desire, for her own interest. Again, the cynical disposition of Salvatore’s mind came to the fore, and he settled down in his life.

  31. Akshat Tiwari says:

    Splendid job, Sir!
    We all are indebted to you for this extraordinary piece of work!

  32. Christina says:

    Thank you so much sir for this summary. Also, the fact that you’re responding to every individual comment is commendable. We are beyond thankful for your work. This is very helpful for last minute revision . Hats off 🙂

  33. Manu Shri says:

    Sir can I have all the themes with a quote specified for each quote,Please .

  34. anikagupta says:

    i want to help this urgent

  35. jassu says:

    work appreciated

  36. Abhi says:

    Can u predict some some questions for ISE 2019 from this chapter

  37. Prema Lama says:

    Sir can i have the theme of this story ” salvatore”?

  38. Sachin says:

    A brilliant explanation but plz write on MY VISIONS FOR INDIA

  39. Manya Daga says:

    Can I get a good character sketch of Salvatore with reference to the text ? Word limit 400-450 words

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Please note… I wrote this answer for someone else.
      The story ‘Salvatore’ radiates sanity and goodness. Somerset Maugham was a genial and liberal-minded author, who, through his extensive travels in far-off lands came in contact with diverse cultures and people. This enabled him to understand the elements of human nature that makes them vile and violent in one hand, and stoic and calm in the other. Salvatore epitomizes the later.
      Salvatore was an adolescent in his prime. The girl from the Grande Marina had ‘eyes like forest pools’ and ‘held herself like the daughter of the Caesars’. The love of Salvatore for his girl was aflame with longing and lust. Maugham then brought in the war duty to tear the two lovers apart. Any other young man would have revolted at such cruel turn of fate, but Salvatore was shaped differently by Maugham. He was sane, equanimous, and practical. Avoiding the draft would have been calamitous. So, with a sullen mood, he bade the dame god bye, hoping to return early to buy the nuptial knot.
      Serious health issues hastened his return, and he couldn’t have been more eager to be back. After all, the girl must be waiting to receive him with her throbbing heart, he assumed. But, Maugham has a huge tragedy in store for him.
      The girl in Grande Marina was there at her house, but the fire and the flush was not there. Maugham writes, “She told him straight out, with the blunt directness of her race that she couldn’t marry a man who would never be strong enough to work like a man. They had made up their minds, her mother and father and she, and her father would never give consent.” These lines break the heart of the readers. One can imagine the savage force with which the words would have impelled Salvatore’s mind.
      Now comes Maugham’s portrayal of Salvatore. He didn’t scream, throw his tantrums, yell or create a scene. With rare dignity, and a heart heavy with grief, he walked back. He didn’t remonstrate with the girl, nor did he curse her for her refusal. With a wry smile, looking at the girl for the last time, he retraced his path back home. Such ability to take a blow and not recoil is exceedingly rare in this vengeful world.
      How Maugham rebuilds Salvatore’s shattered life makes the lovelorn young man with a even brighter and nobler persona. Salvatore marries another girl, becomes a loving responsible husband, toils in the field, and rears his children with great warmth. Never did he nurse any grudge against the girl from Grande Marina.
      In a nutshell, Salvatore exudes all the noble virtues of a man. His tenacity, pragmatism, stoicism, and ability to forget and forgive are virtues par excellence. Maugham surely grips his readers with grief for a while, but the dark clouds are swept way by the winds of Salvator’s goodness.

  40. Naiomi says:

    Could I please get an answer for this question which is for 20 marks
    Q. From your reading of Somerset Maugham’s “Salvatore” outline in details the pathos in the life of Salvatore both as a young boy as well as in his youth.
    Could I please get it by tomorrow as is it urgent.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Give me the word limit instead of the marks.
      Answer ….
      Salvatore was an adolescent boy when he fell in love with the girl from Grande Marina. His heart was aflame with love and lust for her. No doubt, both looked forward to the day wbehen they could be united through marriage and enjoy conjugal pleasures. However, that was not be. Conscription call came for Salvatore, and he had to leave for far-off China for military duty. With great grief, and a gloomy heart, he set sail aboard a naval ship, leaving her behind. This was the first jolt of Salvatore’s boyhood. Later, while in China, the military doctor declared him unfit because apparently he had contacted a debilitating bone disease. For the young Salvatore, this was heart-breaking. However, he could reclaim his girl early, he reassured himself.
      He headed home on a ship, but in the beach, he found everyone welcoming him sans the girl from Grande Marina. This was very heart-breaking for Salvatore.
      Later, she bluntly told her that he can not have her as his wife because he had become invalid. She couldn’t marry a man who couldn’t toil to earn his bread. This refusal came like a bolt from the blue for Salvatore, but he took it with remarkable equanimity. It appeared that his life would remain barren till his death. Any other young man would have stooped to savage retribution against the girl for the refusal, but Salvatore took the development stoically. God possibly took pity on him, and got him a really loving wife, but Salvatore’s boyhood and later days were marked by insufferable pain.

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