“Games at twilight” by Anita Desai
1-Check information about the writer (7 important facts about her life).
2-Look up what “twilight” symbolizes.
3-Read the first page of the story.
-Look up new words in the dictionary.
-Describe the weather, how do people feel?
-Find words/phrases in connection to death and oppression.
–She won the British Guardian Prize.
–She grew up speaking German, because her mother was German and, on the school or outside the house, she learned Bengali, as her father, Urdu, Hindi and English.
-She was born on June the 24th of 1937.
-She was Indian
-She started writing at the age of seven and published her first book at the age of nine
-She started her career in 1967 with the novel “Cry, the Peacock”
-She received her B.A in english literature in 1957 from the University of Delhi.
Twilight symbolizes the dividing line which joins and separates two opposites. One example is Heaven and Hell.
–Bloat: To expand or distend, for example, water, air, etc
-Stifle: To crush or end by force
-Burst: To break, break open, or fly apart with sudden
–Sari: a garment worn by Hindu women, consisting of a long piece of cotton or silk wrapped around the body with one end draped over the head or over one shoulder.
-Bougainvillea: any of several shrubs or vines of the genus Bougainvillea, native to South America, having small flowers with showy, variously colored bracts, and often cultivated in warm regions.
-Shrieks: To shout or yell.
2) The twilight is the half-light of mornings or evenings. People feel that they are joined with their enemies or opposites. People feel peaceful.
3) “Their faces were red and bloated with the effort, but their mother would not open the door, everything was still curtained and shuttered in a way that stifled the children, made the feel that their lungs were stuffed with cotton wool and if they didn’t burst out into the light and see the sun and feel the air, they would choke.”