The Lost Child-Mulk Raj Anand

2023 Words May 20th, 2012 9 Pages
Critical Analysis

The story ‘The Lost Child’ is very emotional. The author Mulk Raj Anand has brought before us the bustling and fervent movements during the festive season in a village. The setting is a village street where the seasonal fair was going on during spring with groves and flowering mustard field near the street. The story dates back sometime before the contemporary period. There were people riding on horses on roads and others sitting and carried in the bamboo and bullock carts. With only four characters without any names, – the child, the hero, his parents, and unknown man who tried to console the lost and sobbing child - the author has made them immortal in our minds. The nature, character and emotions of
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Character Sketch
The short story ‘The Lost Child’ by Mulk Raj Anand is a beautiful sample to prove the expressive power of the author to draw living characters. There are only four characters without any names, – the child, the hero, his parents, and unknown man who tried to console the lost and sobbing child. They are immortal in our minds. The nature, character and emotions of all the four are explicit from the precise and brief descriptions of the setting and the incidents, as the story contains only a very few dialogues. With the most minimal exchange of words, the author has depicted all the four characters effectively.
The Child – the hero: The child – the hero of the story – is easily excited. He is so innocent and he is scared of his father. He knows that his mother tries to please him more, though she is not able to. He is afraid of his father, yet he is not afraid of anything else in the presence of his father, as he feels secure and protected. He is so mature that he is able to shift his excitement from one thing to other as he is aware that he will not get anything whatever he wants for some reason or other. He does not have any grudge for not getting what he wants. He proves to be child of his age as he cries and sobs when he has missed his parents. He realizes that his mother tries to please him though she is not able to. He respects his father that he