ISC English literature —A Gorilla in the Guest Room by Gerald Durrell

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  1. Esha says:

    Thank you very much. It was really helpful.
    I will be looking forward to the questions and answers being uploaded.

  2. Shivam says:

    This is the summary of the story……Where is the literary analysis

  3. Isha says:

    Where is the critical analysis?

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Isha, I am a freelancer, nota teacher. My expertise in literature is woefully inadequate. So, please don’t seek my help in this respect.

  4. Rhea says:

    This was very helpful.
    But Could you Also, please write the summary of the stories Salvatore and Fritz.?

  5. Patel Tirth says:

    Well I wandered over a no. of websites for the gorilla story but none was of my help then I came here and read it all. Well it was a full explanation which I was seeking for . Well done bro

  6. Mohd Adnan says:

    Summary is very usefull but it will be more useful if you add questions and answers also.

  7. Suneedhi says:

    This is the summary where r the references of the story…..

  8. Ayush Pratap Singh says:

    nice summary… sir

  9. aishwarya says:

    really helpful
    thank you.

  10. Manu Shri Chinthala says:

    Can I have the relation between Man And Gorilla in thsi lesson.
    Please can you apload or can anyone else answer it.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      The story depicts a symbiotic relation between the author and a gorilla. Both seem to give one another affection, emotional comfort, and sympathy. The author, a man obviously, is an animal lover, and surprisingly, the gorilla whom he brought under his care reciprocates human love by adopting to human care and zoo life with comparatve ease. Had the gorilla been rebellious and resentful about his captivity, he would have become violent, distuptive, and difficult to rear. On the contrary, he was civil, and accomodative. He reciprocated love, and behaved most admirably with his keeper. Very rarely, we get TO see such harmoniois relation between a gorilla caught from the wild and a humn being.

  11. Riya says:

    Have you uploaded the question and answers?Please clarify.

  12. Muskan says:

    Very helpful

  13. Muskan says:

    Really help full
    Thank-you very much……☺️☺️☺️☺️👍👍👍👍👍👍

  14. Muskan says:

    Very much interested…..

  15. Harshpreet Singh says:

    Really very interesting.

  16. Unknown Reader says:

    is it L’pongo or N’Pongo?

  17. Akash says:

    Dude about the documentary, in my book it says that when his flight to CAMARGUE (which is south of Arles, France) was due in four days, N’Pongo got sick(diarrhoea+blood and no eating). Gerald was going to convince the BBC man to make a documentary on “The life in Camargue” and not on N’Pongo.

  18. Rishav Pal says:

    The contents are really helpful but it contains too much errors.

  19. Adrita Das says:

    Sir can you please write the answers of the following questions-
    1. How is the theme of love for wildlife brought out in the story a gorilla in the guest room?
    2.With reference to Geruld Durrel’s short story a gorilla in the guest room state how were N’pongo and Nandy different from each other .Discuss the relationship shared by them.
    3.Describe the narrator of the story as the one who was concerned with the conservation of wildlife ,especially the threatened species.
    WORD LIMIT :at least 250 to 300 words

    • Satya Prakash says:

      I can do it for you, but writing the three answers totalling to about 750 words is a big task. Would you consider enrolling for my English coaching programme @ Rs.500 pm that gives you some very useful current affairs and writing skill? This is net-based coaching with two-way interaction.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      1. How is the theme of love for wildlife brought out in the story a gorilla in the guest room?
      Gerald Durrell was a man whose heart lay among the animals in the jungle. He had developed a deep understanding of their lives, habits, and moods, because he loved them passionately. He fancied their company as anyone would fancy a friend’s. Perhaps, he took up the job of a zoo-keeper because he could spend long time in their midst. Such enduring passion for the wild animals made him look crazy in the wife of others, but he didn’t stop. The unrelenting search for a baby Gorilla for his zoo posed formidable difficulties. He had to stop one, and then mobilize funds to pay for it. The amount involved was 1200 dollars was way beyond his means, but he remained undaunted. With superhuman patience and charming persuasiveness, he got donors for this amount. He got his cherished N’Pongo.

      What is really striking is the way he reared N’Pongo during the latter’s illness. Durrell was sad as deeply as he would have been to see his wife in sick bed. With all the means at his command, he nurtured N’Pongo back to health. Later, to entertain him in his adolescence, he got N’Pongo a mate.

      The empathy of Durrell towards the animal kingdom was remarkable. It grips the readers’ minds with love for the wild animals, and their world. The story is, therefore, a living document of love for jungle animals. The theme is surely the love for wildlife.

  20. Adrita Das says:

    So can you please write the first and the second questions? It would be really very helpful.

  21. Adrita Das says:

    Please write the second answer also

    • Satya Prakash says:

      By tomorrow.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      2. With reference to Geruld Durrel’s short story ‘A Gorilla in the Guest Room’, state how were N’pongo and Nandy different from each other. Discuss the relationship shared by them.
      Answer .. Quite true to her gender, Nandy was shy, and a bit mellowed at the beginning. She didn’t show any undue interest in her male partner, N’Pongo, leaving it to the later to make the overtures of friendship. At the same time, she was not very belligerent either. When L’Pongo puller her hair, shoving her badly, she bore his pass with dignity and calmness. She didn’t hit back.
      At night, Nandy slept on the floor, leaving the wooden shelf to the dominant L’Pongo. Here again, she exercised restraint, and her remarkable forbearance. She knew she couldn’t equal L’Pongo in muscular power, so she let him dominate the relationship. But, she was not a reclusive, indifferent, or withdrawn character. She realized L’Pongo was going to be her companion for future, and got along with him without much fanfare or fuss. She reciprocated to L’Pongo’s arms of friendship, assuming she was more comfortable in his arms, than anywhere else. She was reacting like a shy, but romantic maiden. Both got along with ease, and their playful antics endeared the zoo staff. Like a youthful stud, L’Pongo would tease his mate until she could take it no more. Then she would come at him with wild rage, and he would step back.
      On the whole, the two behaved quite the way adolescent boys and girls would interact with one another, when left alone. It was a very lively and joyful sight.

  22. Adrita Das says:

    Can you write the character sketch of the poet in approximately 150 to 200 words

  23. Adrita Das says:

    I am sorry .I meant the author of this story.

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