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Workbook Answers Of Salvatore

Workbook Answers Of Salvatore
Salvatore

Question 1

"I wonder if I can do it", is the author's opening comment of the story, Salvatore'. What was the author unsure about? What does the conclusion of the story prove?
Ans: Somerset Maugham seems doubtful of whether he can achieve the impossible of generating interest in his readers to read about the events in the life of an ordinary man. No heroics, no revenge, no quarrel only unadulterated goodness. The author seemed unsure of capturing and sustaining the attention of the readers during the narrative of an uneventful life lead by an extraordinarily good man. His endeavours prove fruitful as he sketches a picture of a man who remained true to his heart in the phase of all adversities in life.

Maugham describes the life of Salvatore, from teenage to adulthood. He invites our attention to a fifteen-year-old boy's lust for life. It can be any boy living on a pristine island, reveling on the shimmering shore and amidst the waves, watching the sunshine and birds in the sky.

We can also identify with the boy's sense of responsibility towards his family, his teenage crush and the sadness of leaving his native island and his lady love. What we may not be able to identify, is his calm acceptance of his affliction, the rejection he faces in love life, and his lack of grudges towards life or people who have hurt him.

It is the very best that makes him a hero in our eyes. It is Salvatore's goodness that makes him one of the most memorable characters in English literature. Apart from the character, the beautiful portrayal of the idyllic island remains in our mind as a calm background, providing strength and sustenance to the protagonist.

And yes! the writer has certainly been able to revert our attention throughout the narration. In other words, he has fulfilled his intention of portraying a picture that will linger in our memories for days to come.

Question 2


Discuss the theme of love and affection as depicted in the story "Salvatore."
 Ans:  Salvatore is the main protagonist of Maugham's story. The story is focused on Salvatore in all his lineaments. The character of Salvatore evolves into an epitome of true love and goodness. Salvatore being the eldest brother used to take care of his two younger brothers as a responsible guardian. It is out of a sense of duty and love. He would not let them venture too far in the sea. He would also dress them when they had to climb the hot hill for the mid-day meal. Salvatore had a pleasing personality. He had a pleasant word for everyone even he was assailed by terrible hardships of life. 

Salvatore fell madly in love with a pretty girl. They were affianced but they couldn't marry till Salvatore had done his military service. When he became a sailor in the navy he wept like a child. He felt dreadfully homesick and parting from the girl was too much with him. When he came back home he was happy to see his parents and brothers waiting for him on the jetty. As soon as they met there was a great deal of kissing. Boundless was Salvatore's love for his family, home and the girl he loved. When Salvatore was away as a sailor, he used to write long passionate letters telling her how much he missed her and how much he longed to see her. When he fell ill with rheumatism that made him unfit for further service, his heart for he could go home and meet the girl who was waiting anxiously for him. On coming back home from military service the greatest shock which he had to experience in the whole of his life was that he was rudely rejected by the girl he loved. 

The mother of the girl told him brusquely that his daughter wouldn't marry a man suffering from a disease. Salvatore was so broken hearted that he began to weep on his mother's bosom. He was terribly unhappy but he didn't blame the girl who refused to marry him. He was so passionately infatuated with the girl that he had not the heart to say a hard word of the girl he had loved so well. His smile was very sad and his had the look of a beaten dog. Salvatore got married to Assunta and they had two sons. He worked laboriously to sustain his family even though he was suffering terribly. He used to work hard in his vineyard and spent the night catching the profitable cuttlefish. Salvatore was a rich storehouse of affection to his children. He loved them with all his heart and took delight in spending time with them. He brought them blown to the beach to give them bath. He would dip them in water very tenderly. He would laugh away his time with them and became a mother-substitute. Though he was an ordinary fisherman he possessed nothing in the world except a quality which in the rarest, most precious and the loveliest that anyone can have. It was the quality of goodness, just goodness. It is the quality of goodness tinged with the colour of greatness that shines through the character of Salvatore.

Question 3

According to the author of the story, which one quality shone with a radiance in Salvatore? Give reasons to support your answer. 
Ans:  Salvatore is the principal character in the story "Salvatore." Salvatore is the son of a fisherman whose innocence, simplicity and above all his purity of heart brings out his essential goodness. The quality of goodness tend to invest him with an aura of greatness. Salvatore has been depicted in the story as a responsible brother, a passionate lover and a loving father. In fact he is a static character who remains the same throughout the story. His outlook and personality don't suffer any material change even if the events of the story evolve quite naturally. 

Goodness is the quality which shines with a radiance in the character of Salvatore. Outwardly  his appearance doesn't evoke any emotion but inwardly he is good at heart - a genuinely guileless man. When young he had a pleasant face, a laughing mouth and care free eyes. The most significant thing about his character is that Salvatore has great, emotional attachment to his family. When he left to become a sailor in the navy he wept like a child. Far away from home he was dreadfully homesick. He was missing his family and the girl he loved. After his return from military service he met his family. When he fell ill of some mysterious ailment, "he bore with the mute and uncomprehending patience of a dog." His patience indeed is perennial. As a passionate lover Salvatore is overtly sincere to the core. Despite all his suffering he had a positive attitude to life. When he made a comeback from his military service he was rejected by his lady love - the girl he loved. He felt dejected. Broken-hearted he wept. Though terribly happy he didn't blame the girl. He realized that a girl could not afford to marry a man who might not be able to support her. "He never used harsh words for her." He accepted her rejection in a spirit of stoic resignation. 

So we see that Salvatore was a man of inherent goodness. His inherent goodness is "the rarest, the most precious and the loveliest" quality which shone in him with all its radiance and refulgence. 

Question 4

How apt is the title of the story 'Salvatore'? 
Ans:  The title of the story 'Salvatore' by Somerset Maugham is apt and appropriate. The title itself demonstrates the narrative art of the writer. The plot of the story hinges on the life of Salvatore, the main protagonist of the story. In fact Salvatore belongs to the common run of man who is full of emotion, passion and compassion for others. The innate quality of goodness brings out the best in him. The protagonist of the story is a simple fisherman with an exceptional quality of goodness. 

Salvatore's story as presented by the story writer - his life of suffering - the little tragedies and comedies of life moves the reader with a feeling of wonder. In fact he is a wonderful creation. He bears no malice or ill-with against anyone around him. His attitude to life has always been positive and compromising. Never does he resent. He knows how to accept everything with stoicism. Even when he is jilted by the girl he loves, he doesn't blame the girl; on the contrary he accepts the situation as the common lot of man. He never complains against his illness of rheumatism which has assailed him. He learns by experience how to fit in with hostile circumstances. The writer has drawn the portrait of a man like Salvatore with a touch of realism. It is the rarest and the most precious quality of goodness inherent in him, which lends him a most crowning touch. Maugham thus seems to glorify the character of Salvatore by naming the story after him.

Question 5

Critically analyze the short story 'Salvatore' by Maugham.
Ans: 'Salvatore' by Maugham is written in the style of a parable, which aims to dictate a very important lesson of life. Initially hesitant of being able to hold the attention of his readers, Maugham by the end of the story was satisfied by his attempt to have etched the character of Salvatore, a man who was blessed with the quality of "goodness, just goodness."

Maugham chose a simple narrative to describe the very ordinary life and circumstances of the protagonist, Salvatore, an Italian fisherman. In a chronological progression, the writer has sketched a biography of Salvatore with all the ups and downs of a normal human life. Nothing fantastical or intriguing, Salvatore's life could be a mirror of our own. Family responsibilities, falling in love, a broken heart and acceptance of reality, all of them are markers of Salvatore's uneventful life.
Yet, he is different from the rest of us and this is distinctively brought out in all the trials of his life. His stoic acceptance in the phase of the challenges in life is what sets him apart from others. His ethics and righteousness always helped him make the decision that served him well in the long term.
Salvatore never dwells in self-pity. Though his life never worked according to his plans yet he lived it to the fullest due to the strength of his character. He did not sit over the rejection of the girl he loved and moved on in life to marry Assunta, who was elder to him and not as beautiful as the girl he loved, but Assunta loved him and that was enough. By adjusting to situations and nurturing his goodness every time, he was able to enjoy life and make the most out of it. By the end of the almost fairytale-like narrative without the magic or unrealism they are normally served with, Maugham told us the life and times of a man who held on to his goodness and made the most out of the cards that were dealt with him. Maugham holds Salvatore as an example of pure radiance and selflessness and as someone who should be emulated in dealing with the trials and tribulations of life.

Question 6

What qualities of Salvatore did the author admire?
Ans: W. Somerset Maugham created a character who is too good to be true. Such people are difficult to find and through the literary style of the parable, Maugham dictates a lesson on the goodness to his readers. He admired the protagonist's goodness through the various incidents that had occurred in his life. The story begins with the author describing the simple life that Salvatore lived and aspired for. He wished to work hard as a fisherman and marry his sweetheart.

Life offered Salvatore a rude shock in the form of the chronic illness that he acquired while serving in the army in China. Despite suffering from physical ailments. Salvatore saw the brighter side of the things. He never relinquished hope for better things in his life and this is admired by the author.
Salvatore was a responsible man. He took care of his younger brothers and was a responsible father to his kids. He loved them and provided them with gentle care. He may have been vulnerable to emotions yet he wasn't overwhelmed by them. He was a man who loved unconditionally. The rejection of his sweetheart and her refusal to marry him does not evoke any harsh response from him. He wished her well in life and decided to move on. His innate goodness and good manners allowed him to live a contented married life with Assunta.
He was modest and did not wish to have accolades heaped on him. He was self-sufficient and was not afraid of hard work. He worked in the vineyards as well as a fisherman to support his family. He hoped to provide support to the family and did not shy away from the toil, despite his illness.
The author appreciated and admired all these qualities of Salvatore and considered them as his strengths which allow him to rise from the ordinary and hold the attention of many readers. His goodness, just goodness made him an extraordinary human being in the eyes of the writer.

Question 7

Whom did Salvatore agree to marry and why?
Ans: Salvatore wished to marry his childhood sweetheart, but she later refused to marry him as he had acquired a chronic illness which rendered him weak and unable to provide her a comfortable. Salvatore was dejected by the refusal but wished the lady well and decided to move on in his life. When his mother proposed to him the idea of marrying Assunta, Salvatore did not hesitate to move ahead in his life. He may not have liked Assunta initially and called her an 'ugly woman but he was aware of her feelings for him. Dejected in love himself, he understood the pain unrequited love carries and agreed to marry her.

On the other side, Assunta brought with her the prospect of financial security. She had two vineyards that he could take care of His parents approved of the alliance and Salvatore couldn't ask for anything more to move on in his life. Salvatore was complacent and desired a simple life. Thus, Assunta fitted into the scheme of his life and marrying her worked for him well.

Question 8

With reference to the story "Salvatore' elucidate how Salvatore contracted the chronic illness? What was its impact on his life?
Ans: Salvatore had a simple life. Born into a family of fishermen, he was destined to follow them in their footsteps. However, life for Salvatore wasn't simple as he embarks on a journey to hold onto his goodness in the face of adversities in life.

He was conscripted in the naval force of King Victor Emmanuel. It was an obligation that he could not escape before he settled down. Salvatore was sad to leave his home and life behind, yet he took the prospects of his new life in his stride, awaiting his return to his fiancée.

Salvatore, in the course of his army routine, reached China, where he was afflicted by a debilitating disease and had to be admitted to a hospital in the distant country. Salvatore had contracted a virulent strain of rheumatism and was advised to avoid heavy manual work for the rest of his life. The disease was a blow to Salvatore that brought manifold changes in his life. Salvatore, the pragmatic and optimistic man, refused to brood over his misfortunes of ill health and instead considered this disease to be a harbinger of relief from the duties of the army. He was a home-sick and love-sick young man and yearned to go back to his native land. The prospect of meeting his love and starting a new life with her had made him ecstatic to the point of ignoring the chronic illness he had contacted.

However, Salvatore's happiness was short-lived. Upon returning, he realized the changes that rheumatism would bring to his life. Salvatore's fiancée refused to accept him as he was crippled and could not work hard enough to earn a living. She stood by her family's unanimous decision to marry someone else who would be fit to be the bread earner of the family.
Salvatore was heartbroken and wept in his mother's bosom' but he was not bitter and held no grudges against the girl for not marrying him. He moved on with his life and married Assunta, a woman older to him and in his words, 'ugly, but she loved him and offered him the happiness of domesticity.

Question 9

Describe Salvatore's life after he married Assunta. What was their relationship like?
Ans: Salvatore married a young woman named Assunta. Though she was elder to him and, according to Salvatore, ugly, yet he agreed to marry her because he realized that she loved him. Having suffered the pangs of heartbreak himself, he did not wish Assunta the same. Moreover, his mother informed him of the money that she would bring along with her after the marriage which could ease their life.

After marriage, Salvatore gave himself completely to the domestic way of life. With the money brought by Assunta, they bought a fishing boat and rented a vineyard. They lived in a tiny white-washed cottage in the middle of their vineyard. Assunta was a good woman who took care of her husband well. Salvatore lived the life of a hard-working fisherman; he went for fishing and sold the catch to earn his livelihood. On days he could not go fishing, he worked in the vineyard from dawn to dusk, with a short break in the afternoon.

Salvatore wasn't completely free from his chronic illness. Rheumatism often returned to harangue him, making it very hard for him to work. He would then lie on the beach, smoking cigarettes and gazing at the sea. Assunta bore him two sons and he was a doting father to them, spending quality time with them on the beach.

Salvatore's relationship with Assunta developed after marriage. He might have not loved her but he definitely began to respect her for the care and love she provided to him.

Question 10

Salvatore's "goodness, just goodness" was admired by the author. Why?
Ans: W. Somerset Maugham created a character who is too good to be true. Such people are difficult to find and through the literary style of the parable, Maugham dictates a lesson on the goodness to his readers. He admired the protagonist's goodness through the various incidents that had occurred in his life. The story begins with the author describing the simple life that Salvatore lived and aspired for. He wished to work hard as a fisherman and marry his sweetheart.

Life offered Salvatore a rude shock in the form of the chronic illness that he acquired while serving in the army in China. Despite suffering from physical ailments, Salvatore saw the brighter side of things. He never relinquished hope for better things in his life and this is admired by the author.

Salvatore was a responsible man. He took care of his younger brothers and was a responsible father to his kids. He loved them and provided them with gentle care. He may have been vulnerable to emotions yet he wasn't overwhelmed by them. He was a man who loved unconditionally. The rejection of his sweetheart and her refusal to marry him did not evoke any harsh response from him. He wished her well in life and decided to move on. His innate goodness and good manners allowed him to live a contented married life with Assunta.

He was modest and did not wish to have accolades heaped on him. He was self-sufficient and was not afraid of hard work. He worked in the vineyards as well as a fisherman to support his family. He hoped to provide support to the family and did not shy away from the toil, despite his illness.

The author appreciated and admired all these qualities of Salvatore and considered them as his strengths which allow him to rise from the ordinary and hold the attention of many readers. His goodness, just goodness' made him an extraordinary human being in the eyes of the writer.

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  1. Lahsun khana chahiye tha salvatore ko🤔
    1. acha ji!