Understanding the text
Answer the following questions.
a. What did the child do to the scab on his knee?
➜ The child examined his knee cap’s scab at first. He pondered much and decided to pick it up. He gently picked that scab with his fingernail and put it on his thigh. Finally, he flipped it with his finger.
b. What kind of effect did the carpet have on the child?
➜ The child becomes extremely amazed to see the red carpet. He had never really noticed it before in such a way. The different colours of carpet seemed to brighten mysteriously and spring out at him in a most dazzling way. He was thoroughly lost in those colours and his imagination.
c. What was he afraid of while walking across the carpet?
➜ While walking across the carpet, he was afraid of red and black coloured spots of the carpet. He supposed the colours of carpet as different things in his imagination. He thought the red colour spots as the lumps of burning coals and the black colour spots as the black poisonous snakes. He was afraid to be burnt down as well as bitten by burning coals and poisonous snakes during its journey. So, he stepped very carefully only on yellow coloured spots which he thought to be a safe zone.
d. What motivated and encouraged the child to start and continue on his journey?
➜ His wish of getting a puppy on his birthday or as a birthday gift motivated and encouraged the child to start and continue on his journey.
e. What did the child see as he looked down on the black patterns of the carpet?
➜ The child saw different colours brightening mysteriously. He was lost in different colours’ spots. He kept on thinking in his imagination about the colours and their different forms.
Reference to the context
a. The writer creates two voices in the story. Who are they?
➜ Yes, the writer creates two voices in the story and they were (a narrator) and the voice of the young boy i.e the child.
b. Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow. “…the black parts are snakes, poisonous snakes, adders mostly, and cobras, thick like tree-trunks around the middle, and if I touch one of them, I’ll be bitten and I’ll die before tea time. And if I get across safely, without being burnt and without being bitten, I will be given a puppy for my birthday tomorrow.”
i. What does ‘the black part’ mean?
➜ The black path means the difficulty, challenges and suffering in the journey.
ii. Who is the speaker?
➜ The speaker was a young boy i.e the child.
iii. Why doesn’t the speaker want to be burnt?
➜ The speaker doesn’t want to be burnt because he wants to get a birthday gift as a puppy tomorrow.
c. Which images and metaphors are used in the story?
i. Scab (knee of the boy).
– It represents the boy’s curiosity, desire, interest to go ahead in his journey.
ii. Black parts of carpet (snake).
– It depicts hardship, difficulty, suffering and troubling in life.
iii. Read patches (fire)
– it shows about fire i.e danger because it can burn a little child.
iv. Yellow patches (happiness)
– the yellow patches of the carpet represents relief, pleasure, hopefulness, happiness, and self-confidence in his life.
The carpet represents a conflict in his life. He may be unable to take the right decision or choose the right option. We may suffer a lot due to the wrong choice. If we go with the right option, it leads to the right path and we do not have to feel any difficulty in our life. Otherwise, we will suffer if we take the wrong decision or path at the wrong time.
d. Summarise the short story “The Wish” in about 200 words.
➜ Visit “The Wish by Roald Dahl Summary” for the short summary of about 200 words.
e. The story shows the events through the eyes of the narrator and the child. Comparing the two styles, who presents a more interesting or effective view for the readers? Why?
➜ The child represents the story in more interesting and effective where are view than the narrator because the child was a hardship. He faces and won all the challenges. Birthday gift as a puppy motivated and encouraged him to continue his journey. He was strong enough to complete his journey. Not only he faced all the challenges, but he also won them too.
f. Is “The Wish” a story about self-confidence overcoming fear or about greed? Give your arguments.
➜ “The Wish” story is all about self-confidence and overcoming fear. We can take this story as a motivational story too because the child completed his journey or challenges as birthday gift encouraged him. The child seems fearful while watching his scab. He thinks much about picking it. He raises many questions with himself. He picks out his scab being panic. But when he sees the carpet his fear increases high. He imaginatively makes a game plan. He gathers his confidence to cross the carpet. He creates his obstacles supposing the colours as coals and snakes. He even puts his goal across the carpet. He moves on bravely on the carpet wishing for a puppy on his birthday as a birthday gift. He tries his best to overcome his fear. His self-confidence and his wish end as he falls down in black colours.
Reference beyond the text
a. Do you think our wish can be fulfilled? Why or why not?
➜ Not all the wants, desire and wishes are fulfilled. We need hard and complicated practise to fulfil our wish, want, desire, interest. We should be calm while making every decision. The right decision leads to the right path that only can fulfil our needs and desire.
b. Why do you think some people might have a frightening nature? What would you suggest to them to overcome it?
➜ Some people might have a frightening nature because they do not have self-confidence.
c. Write a folktale that you have heard or read.
➜ Folktale (Nepali: Dantya Katha) is a story originating in popular culture, typically passed on by word of mouth. Write one you have heard or read.