Santigi is the king of the village of Mando. He is a good and just king who rules his people well. He is an impartial king. He is the father of kindo. He is/was deceived by maligu to support the strangers coming to the village. He easily trust people and that is why maligu capitalizes on that to deceive him. He is highly respected. As a king of Mando, hr counts on whitehead’s promises that he will establish school to teach his people. He feels happy that his people will soon Know how to read and write. As an impartial king, he banished kindo, his son when he commits murder. This rare trait is hardly found these days among kings. His interest as a king is for the village to be peaceful and progressive. This is a mark of good leadership. He is a quintessence of good leadership, impartial and truth.
son of Mrs Hardcastle by her first husband (Mr Lumpkin) and stepson to Mr Hardcastle. He is a mischievous, uneducated playboy and a very consumptive figure; a fat, ale-drinking young man who has little ambition except to play practical jokes and to visit the local tavern whenever be has a mind; frightens the maids and worries the kittens. Proves to be good-natured and kind despite his superficial disdain for everyone. do Mrs Hardcastle has no authority over Tony, and their relationship contrasts with that between Hardcastle and Kate.
Tony takes an interest in horses, “Bet Bouncer and especially the alehouse, where he joyfully sings with members of the lower-classes. When Tony comes of age, he will receive 1,500 pounds a year. His mother hopes to marry him to her niece, constance Neville, who is in line to inherit a casket of jewels from her uncle. Tony and Miss Neville despise each other It is Tony’s initial ception of Marlow, for a joke, which sets up the plot Tony goes to great effort to help Neville and Hastings in their plans to leave the country because he despises her.
Tony’s free-wheeling ways of drinking and tomfoolery is probably because of the huge inheritance that awaits him when he comes of age.
The mood is gloomy and sober with a corresponding tone of lamentation and pessimism. There appears to be a shift in tone in the last stanza as he expresses hope but he ends the stanza on a pessimistic note.
As a result of the many years of failed governance, the country experiences all kinds of social problems like violence, robbery, insurgence, kidnapping thus becoming a sabre-toothed tiger/a giant hawk . The youths and elder statesmen refrain from agitation for fear of being persecuted or repressed by government: While infants shudder home/the grizzled ones snatch their gut/from bayonets of tribulation/halting venturous walk at dusk .
In the last stanza, while the poet looks forward to a generation that will take the nation out of its hopeless state toward the shore of possibilities, his hope is threatened by the ravenous nature of the ruling class: The land lies patiently ahead/ awaiting in ambush , ready to devour the future change- agents.
-Language and tone-
i)The instinctive inclination of the child to learn is suggested by learning itself taking place in a ‘bower’, a natural structure. This also suggests that children learn from nature, from their daily living
ii)This contrasts with the unnatural character of the school. The oppressive nature of education is highlighted by emphasising the vulnerability of the child and its associated metaphors of bird and plant: ‘little ones’, ‘drooping / droop’, ‘worn thro’, ‘tender’
iii)The child’s unfettered life is associated with words of energy and pleasure: ‘love to rise’, sing’, ‘sweet’, ‘joy’, ‘youthful spring’
-A child’s perspective-
i)The content of this poem seems to be from the standpoint of an innocent child. However the dictionand style are quite sophisticated. The speaker uses expressions one might expect in eighteenth century poetry, for example, ‘The distant huntsman winds his horn’ and ‘learning’s bower’.
-rhetorical devices such as-
i)Extended rhetorical questions
ii)Exclamation and apostrophe (‘O!father and mother’)
iii)Repeating a pattern three times.