More insidiously, Ragunathan is always ready to support the headman without question. He has beaten his wife in his drunkenness and Anil is frightened of him. There are three main differences between them.
This change of focus seems to suggest that nothing will change in the village in the future and that Anil and his knowledge of the truth of the murder are safely out of the way. The headman arrogantly believes he can get what he wishes and, in a sense, the story shows that he can. Noor is surely commenting on the way village politics are corrupt and allow those in power to cover up crimes like murder and do exactly as they wish.
His father seems worse. By contrast, Anil is different. We never find out why Marimuthu has murdered his wife: Both the main male adult characters are presented as bullies.
He is simply an authority figure who is used to getting his way through power, influence and intimidation. He confronts the Headman and is then sent away to go to school to stop him from speaking.
But in other ways he is very different from the rest of the villagers. Anil has been offered the opportunity to have an education in a city school provided he keeps quiet about the truth of what he has seen.
The opening of the story sounds almost like the opening of a fairy story - "On a hot, sweltering night Marimuthu with the help of another man - is it the headman himself? We are told early in the story that the villagers are asleep "dreaming their dreams that rarely amounted to anything.
This suggests that he is looking beyond the limits and poverty of his village. One is dreaming of having a new cow, another of having a new sewing machine, but they are all very limited dreams; dreams about possessions and material wealth.
The first is that, whereas Anil looks up to the stars and has dreams, the adults do not. Physically abuses his wife as Anil sees the bruise on his mothers arm from when his father hit her when drunk. Anil reflects, "He did not need a walloping at this time of the night" 40 which suggests that he frequently hits Anil.
Father shows real emotion as train picks up speed and Anil saw "his father fall to his knees, a bent, despaired figure that had just let go of his only son".
Something moving about his departure: He is gazing up at a star that he can see through a hole in the roof of the poor hut that he lives in. Indeed, they are the passive objects of male violence.
In a sense he is allowed to do this as no one in the village is prepared to stand up to him. Noor describes him as "a burly man, a bully to his family and a timid mouse to the headman".third person, omniscient 'all - knowing' narrator's viewpoint is always of Anil until final 2 paragraphs where see things from point of view of headman and his brother.
Anil Themes (4) Dreams and imagination. Anil is set in a small village in India – a world that shows the influence of some of its author’s favourite Indian novelists. Ridjal Noor He was born in and he lives in Singapore, where, according to his blog, he runs a small design firm and is.
Anil by Ridjal Noor Dreams of the future. Themes. Relationships/ Family – the role of each member of the family. Culture. Childhood. Violence. Guilt. 7 year old boy Anil wakes up in the middle of the night needing the toilet.
he witnesses a terrible murder of a woman being hung from a tree by two men. many of Ridjal Noor's stories have a multicultural aspect to them. Anil Ridjal Noor.
Anil by Ridjal Noor Themes Dreams of the future Relationships/ Family – the role of each member of the family Culture Childhood Violence Guilt Repression Fear Love Shame Superstitions: Lack of Education?
Morality – what is right/wrong Treatment of women Justice Plot A boy, Anil, lives in Malaysia with his.
Or, is he? • At the beginning the boy appeared to wish on a star for his ‘big’ dreams to come true. Was the death of the young woman the price for his dream coming true? 3. Ideas, Themes and Issues: • Childhood/Growing up: Anil is only seven, he is frightened of the dark and of his father.Download