Do you think the title ‘The Rattrap’ is appropriate? Give examples from the text in support of your view

Do you think the title ‘The Rattrap’ is appropriate? Give examples from the text in support of your view. [CBSE (AI) 2008C]

Answer: Selma Lagerlof gives a very apt and logical title to the story. The metaphor of the rattrap is very effectively used. The whole world is nothing but a big rattrap. All riches, joys, food and shelter are just baits. These baits make people restless, helpless and powerless. The moment anyone touches the bait, the rattrap closes in on him. Then everything comes to an end. The story revolves around the vagabond, who, though philosophises about the world being a rattrap, falls into its trap. Though the crofter shows him kindness by offering him food and shelter, he robs him. His greed for money makes him fall in the rattrap. Further, when the ironmaster mistakes him be an old friend, he does not correct him. He decides to cheat him of his money. So even though the peddler tries hard not to fall into the rattrap or worldly riches and materialistic benefits, he ultimately falls into one.


Do you think the title ‘The Rattrap’ is appropriate? Give examples from the text in support of your view


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