PROLOGUE. Summariser. 13 March 1940, Caxton Hall, Westminster, London Udham Singh is at a meeting, in which many people attended, including Lord Zetland and Sir Michael O’Dwyer . Udham shoots O’Dwyer , in revenge for killing all those innocent people in India several years ago.
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6. Is Gurdial right in giving up on his quest so quickly and what do you think of Bissen’s agreeing and encouraging him to give up?
7. How would you describe Hans Raj’s personality and tactics with convincing Jeevan to join his rebellion?
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Summariser – Peter Nguyen
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1. Bissen has a very optimistic and determined persona.
2. The war still affects Bissen, even years after. (This infers Post Traumatic Stress)
3. Bissen believed that he was not 'fighting a white man's war', but rather 'fighting to keep the world free' (relates back to his mature and optimistic personality)
4. Even in those times of war, the Sikh's still believed in their religion and that 'God watches over us wherever we go'.
haunted by the war
"[The Punjabis] are like dogs that shit in their own basket and roll around in it-" Do you agree with Bissen's opinion? Why?
Quote from page 198 – 5th paragraph
- Attempt to make peace using violence- Doesn't affect the British- Hurting themselves
- Painful memories- Experiences hardships
What was the most traumatic experience for Bissen
Why hadn't Bissen let the German soldier live
- Comrades dying- Injuries
- Heat of battle- Survival- Contradicting his religion
Why do you think the Indians would leave their homeland in order to fight in the war
- relates ideas of God to human gender differences
- honour of battle- bribes/threats- beliefs- for the good of Mother India
‘ About five feet from where they were crouched, Private James Burton, aged eighteen years, tried to stop crying.
‘Death came swiftly to those who stood still in the heat of battle... as he recalled the teachings of the Gurus. Every man is your brother, every woman your sister.’
- Page 213 – 2nd last paragraph
‘It was the screaming that snapped him back to reality. Opening his eyes again, Bissen saw that he had speared his brother through the heart.’ – Page 213 last paragraph
- Going against his own religion and blaming it on the heat of battle
Jiwan, the little boy, Gobar Singh Negi, Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Wodehouse (aka the British officer)
That they are not fighting a white man’s war, but they are fighting to keep the world in peace.
Who was involved in the war? (There are three countries specifically in this chapter)
Germany, England and India
Day before Vaisakhi: Gurdial contemplates about the task set out for him by Gulbaru. To find the most precious thing in all of India.
What was the significance of the rats exploding from Darshana’s stomach?
Vaishaki: Page 225, Gurdial: ‘On the eve of Vaishaki, he was about to fail’
Solitary: Pagee 225, Gurdial: ‘A sad, solitary, pathetic failure’
Tumult: Page 225, Gurdial: ‘Revolutionary tumult gathered place’
Heeding: Page 225, Gurdial: ‘Heeding her warnings’
Cavorting: Page 227, Darshana: ‘Your daughter has been cavorting with the orphan’
Tranquillity: Page 223, Gurdial: ‘Feeling of tranquillity that had come over him’
Acrid: Page 234, Gurdial: ‘Bitter, acrid taste hit his senses’
Perplexed: Full of differences, confusion/bewilderment
Rajah: Page 241, Irula/snake catchers: ‘The rajah had all the wealth in the world’
Intellect, Resplendent, Infanticide: ***
Threshold: page 265, Sohni: ‘see her father at a threshold’
A. The day before Vaisakhiand the day before the deadline of Gurdial’s task
Pg 302: Para 2 and 3: Appeal to the past, how people can’t marry other people of a different background: “Being together will be difficult(Lillian).....I know, replied Bissen, I am Indian....”
Pg 323: Para 1: The first time in Bissen’s life that he had encountered snow: “He had never seen snow before: when he picked it up, if froze his hands before melting away into nothingness....”
Pg 275: Para1: Description of Lillian: “...eyes were bright blue, shimmering like the waters that surrounded the Golden Temple in Amritsar.”
Pg 336:Para 3: Shows how positive things do not last and that Bissen’s departure is inevitable: “How quickly things had changed. He told himseld, from bliss to depair. He closed his eyes and thought about Lillian’s smile as the van took him away from her.”
Pg 285: Para 4: Demonstrates that Bissen had feelings for Lillian: “There was something about Lillian-a warmth and tenderness- that he desired...”
Pg 305: Para 3: An example that Indians did not want to contribute to the white men’s war: “We had no freedom to begin with. We were merely their chattels- the same dogs who ruin our country...”
Bissen faces shellshock, nightmares and is dependent on opium for pain relief.
Because of traditions and because of change which many people dislike.
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