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.

  24. Hemanth says:

    Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India on 7 January 1925. He was the fifth and final child (an elder sister died in infancy) of Louisa Florence Dixie and Lawrence Samuel Durrell, both of whom were born in India of English and Irish descent. Durrell’s father was a British engineer and, as was commonplace and befitting the family status, the infant Durrell spent most of his time in the company of an ayah (nursemaid). Durrell reportedly recalled his first visit to a zoo in India and attributed his lifelong love of animals to that encounter. The family moved to Britain shortly before the death of his father in 1928 and settled in the Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace area of South London. Durrell was enrolled in Wickwood School, but frequently stayed at home feigning illness. He studied in St Josephs School North Point Darjeeling.Durrell, his mother, his brother Leslie and their Greek maid Maria Kondos moved back to Britain in 1939 at the outbreak of the Second World War. It was difficult to find a job in the war and post-war years, especially for a home-schooled youth, but the enterprising Durrell worked as a helper at an aquarium and pet store. Some of the difficulties that he faced in this period can be found in Fillets of Plaice. His call-up for the war came in 1943, but he was exempted from military duty on medical grounds, and asked to serve the war effort by working on a farm. After the war, Durrell joined Whipsnade Zoo as a junior or student keeper. This move fulfilled a lifelong dream: Durrell claims in The Stationary Ark that the first word that he could enunciate with any clarity was “zoo”. Beasts in My Belfry recalls events of this period.

  25. Nila says:

    Thankyou so much Mr. Prakash. This summary was indeed very helpful.

  26. Pratik saha says:

    Its really helpful especially for the last minute suggesion

  27. Ayita dutta says:

    This was very helpful…but could u upload the summary of fritz!

  28. Shreesty😘 says:

    Sir it is really a good summary it is very helpful with the help of ur notes of all chapters i can make my notes nd i get gud marjs also thanks for all this sir..

  29. Ahona Das says:

    Sir,can you write the answer of the following question ?
    1) Why is it a double edged sword to bring up the rare creatures in captivity ?

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Tuesday 10am.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Give me the word limit. I pan to write it soon.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Why is it a double-edged sword to bring up the rare creatures in captivity?
      Answer …
      Rare creatures, by definition, are in the verge of extinction due to many adverse factors. Some of these can be attributed to human callousness, insensitivity, and greed. L’Pongo, the adorable gorilla, belonged to species that bore the brunt of never-ending insurgency in African countries, where poachers haunted gorillas with impunity. Durrell acutely wanted a gorilla in his zoo, and surmounting many hurdles, including mobilizing money for the purchase, he got L’Pongo. His excitement knew no bounds when L’Pongo finally came to his possession. In his drawing room, L’Pongo behaved admirably. In the zoo, it added to everyone’s happiness by quickly adopting to the zoo conditions. However, his brief illness, brought great anxiety and grief to Durrell. The initial euphoria was replaced by inexorable angst, and an unknown fear to Durrell. To his great relief, L’Pongo turned around and was back to his antics. His reaction to the newly inducted female gorilla was a treat to watch.
      So, as we see, keeping a rare jungle animal in captivity might be thrilling, but it brings with it a good deal of risk. Ensuring their health, giving them their natural food, caring for their emotional comfort poses formidable challenges. The thrill and joy might be punctuated by bouts of great worry and a foreboding sense of loss. Before deciding to rear a species from the wild, one must weigh the pros and cons of the acquisition.

  30. trish says:

    sir, it would be very helpful if the question and answers were also available

  31. Akshat kabra says:

    Sir, can you please post your answer of this question..
    “Describe the development of relations between N’pongo and the narrator.” In 300 words

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Tomorrow 11am

    • Satya Prakash says:

      From the war-ravaged jungles of strife-torn Africa, N’Pongo arrived at Durrell’s zoo via an animal broker. It was a very unusual journey. N’Pongo found itself in the hands of a host who virtually doted upon him. Though a jungle, Gorilla, he behaved admirably leaving everyone in the household pleasantly surprised. Durrell’s love for N’Pongo increased exponentially from then on. At the zoo, N’Pongo spent his time in fun and frolic, enduring itself to both the Zoo staff and Durrell. Durrell was very mindful about N’Pongo’s physical and emotional needs. A female mate was arranged for N’Pongo, as the later had stepped into its adolescence and it needed a female companion. Durrell was heartbroken when N’Pongo fell sick and left no stones unturned to see it turned around. In a nutshell, N’Pongo and Durrell appeared to be made for each other.
      In real life, it is rare to come across an animal lover of as much intense passion as Durrell. It’s also unusual to find a jungle gorilla to adapt to a zoo’s environment so seamlessly. The story provides innocent wholesome fun, and promotes greater human involvement in the health of the flora and fauna of the world. Durrell and N’Pongo have done a great service to environmental conservation.

  32. S.u.Khalid says:

    Was really helpful for last minute revision. Gratitude Sir.

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