THE REBEL

 

Q.1.   Explain all that others do and rebel does not do. Why is that? 2004-II

Or       D.J Enright in ‘Rebel’ says a rebel is a non-conformist and self-asserting. Supp 2005-II or explain the extraordinary attitude of the rebel.

 

In this humorous and satirical poem, the poet has exposed the appearance, likes, dislikes, habits, behaviour and attitude of a young person who always acts against popular opinion and common behaviour of the society. He and his actions are not dangerous rather are harmless. He does so because he wants to look different from others. He wants to assert his individuality.

The poet says when common persons have short hair, the rebel has long hair. If common people have long hair, the rebel likes to have short hair. When all talk in the classroom, he keeps quiet and when others keep quiet, he causes a disturbance. When everybody wears a uniform, the rebel puts on fantastic clothes. When others wear a beautiful dress, he puts on a uniform.

The poet further says that a rebel always expresses different from others. He loves dogs when others love cats and vice versa. He wishes for rain when everybody likes sun and when everybody likes to have rain, he longs for sunshine.

The poet says that rebels have their own value in society. They provide a spice of variety in our dull and monotonous life. This poem is an interesting and harmless criticism of the behaviour of young rebellious persons. 207

 

Q.2.   Discuss the elements of humour and satire in the poem. 2002-I

Or       DJ Enright Portraits of a rebel is keen, subtle and witty. Elaborate.

Or       Do you think the poet is satirizing the rebels or the ridiculously trivial?

Or       Explain the behaviour of the so-called normal people?

Or       The protagonist (character) in rebel is fake, not real yet important. Explain. 2006-I

 

            The Rebel is an interesting and amusing poem by D.J.Enright. In this poem, the poet presented a character who loves to defy the set pattern of society. The poet names him “The Rebel”. This rebel feels very much pleased when he acts against the norms of society. The poem is replete with the elements of humour and satire.

First, the description in which a rebel totally acts contrary to a normal person of society is very much humorous. He grows his hair long or short, keeps silent or talks during the lesson, goes out of the house or stays, loves cats or dogs, loves rain or sunshine, his way of dressing and behaviour every thing which he does. He tries to be totally different from the people. So, all the acts of the rebel are really amusing and humorous for us.

The poet has also tried to satire the ridiculous behaviour of the rebel. He wants to say that rebel should not go against the established traditions of the society. He should respect the point of view of a majority. At the end, the poet also advises us that there should be a rebel in society because they are a symbol of change but we should not become a target of ridicule and a laughing stock.

 

Q.3.   After describing the qualities and deficiencies of the Rebel at the end the poet advises us that we should not become a rebel Why?

Or       Why does the poet says that it is good to have rebelled in society?

 

The rebel is different from common people in all respects. He keeps his identity due to his eccentric and odd behaviour. His style of living is quite different from that of ordinary people. Still, the poet appreciates him and says that it is good to have rebelled in society because they are the symbol of change. The poet says that rebels have their own value in society. They provide a spice of variety in our dull and monotonous life.

They save society from dullness and uniformity. His attitude towards the rebel is sympathetic and lively. He does not condemn him; rather he takes delight in the strange activities and contradictory attitude of the rebel. Although, it is good to have rebels among us yet we don’t want to become one because the life is surely very difficult for them. Although all the variety and diversity in the society is because of them yet they are not considered normal persons. Normal people often make fun of them for their being unique and different. They face the harsh criticism of people and are disliked by the general public. At the end, the poet advises us not to become a rebel so that we may not become the target of the ridicule of others.

Context:

In this humorous and satirical poem, the poet has exposed the appearance, likes, dislikes, habits, behaviour and attitude of a young person who always acts against popular opinion and common behaviour of the society. He and his actions are not dangerous rather are harmless. He does so because he wants to look different from others. He wants to assert his individuality. The poet says that rebels have their own value in society. They provide a spice of variety in our dull and monotonous life. This poem is an interesting and harmless criticism on the behaviour of young rebellious persons

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