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A hero by r k narayan summary

Narayan we have the theme of fear, insecurity, control, powerlessness, bravery and independence. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of fear. It appears to be an alien environment to Swami which may be the point that Narayan is attempting to make.

Symbolically he might be suggesting that the office is the domain of his father. Just as Swami must obey his father when he is issued with the challenge or command by his father.

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Swami is absolutely powerless when it comes to his father. He must obey him regardless of how Swami might feel. Something which would again play on the theme of control. Everybody is answerable to him.

Analysis of A Hero by R.K Narayan

Whether they like it or not. He might be driven by fear but he still takes action. Just as the boy did with the tiger. Should he have known what was really happening it is unlikely that Swami would have come out from underneath the bench.

A Hero by R.K. Narayan

Regardless of this Swami is hailed as a hero. Though he may be no more than an accidental hero. Something that does not really bother Swami. He is happy enough to take the adulation he receives from others.

  • There are times when the reader has to stir himself up with the feeling Oh!!
  • The household of Chandran brimming with life, with his mother, father and brother is like any typical Indian family;
  • Thanks to his mother Swami is allowed to continue to be a child;
  • He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India's parliament.

As far as Swami is concerned it is better to be seen as a hero than not to be seen at all. Though again whether it is deserved might be disputed by some readers.

This may be important as Narayan could be suggesting that Swami though he showed bravery and overcame his fear also knows what is best for him.

  • The debates of whether historians have to be slaughtered or not, is brilliantly depicted;
  • He has been compared to William Faulkner, who also created a fictional town that stood for reality, brought out the humour and energy of ordinary life, and displayed compassionate humanism in his writing;
  • Is this happening to me?!!
  • Many foreign authors have tried and faltered to come to terms with the living conditions here;
  • There, he comes to face with circumstances that makes him realise how foolish it was of him to slip away from loved ones at home.

Rather than growing up Swami prefers his previous life. It is a place that he feels safe.

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It might also be significant that Swami though he helped the police capture the burglar remains afraid of his father. Something that becomes clear to the reader by the fact that Swami goes to bed before his father arrives home. Swami knows that his father will tell him to sleep in his office again even though Swami is against the idea.

This too could be significant as for the first time in the story a female character is not submissive to the male. Thanks to his mother Swami is allowed to continue to be a child. The reader left suspecting that though Swami liked the praise he received for helping catch the burglar it is not an experience he would like to go through again.

For Swami he can grow up some other day. Cite Post McManus, Dermot. The Sitting Bee, 8 Apr.