The Huntsman

"Most humans do not think twice before they speak". Justify this statement providing evidence from the poem The Huntsman. (A Model answer to the Question number 5 of the O/L English Literature Model Paper. From these model answers, you will learn how to answer an essay type question according to the marking scheme.) Await model answers on the dramas next.

The poem, `The Huntsman' which is based on a Kenyan folk story is a narrative poem about a huntsman called Kagwa and his death penalty he receives due to his over-talking. Kagwa went hunting and found a talking skull. He came to the king and informed him about the fact. The king wanted to verify the truth of what he said. As the ...

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of the skull. Rather, he was eager to pass the message to the King which eventually cost him his life.

In contrast, the King's reaction was a deliberate and a well-considered one.

The king was silent. Then he said slowly,
`Never since I was born of my mother
Have I seen or heard of a skull which spoke.'

The King appears to be intolerant of the foolishness of people. This is amply illustrated by his ruthless command to his guards:

But if his tale is a lie
And the skull speaks no ward
This Kagwa himself must die.

There is grim irony in the fact that after his death, Kagwa answers the skull using the same words of warning it had given him earlier - `Talking brought me here'.

Thus, the poem brings out the danger of talking too much and reminds us about the old adage the "Silence is golden". Perhaps, Kagwa wanted to get a prize for his discovery of the talking skull, but due to his hastiness, he had to pay with his life, highlighting the fatal irony of the ...

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Added: 10/21/2018 01:46:34 AM
Submitted By: Gobika
Category: Poetry & Poets
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 406
Pages: 2

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