How are Derry’s and Mr Lamb’s behaviour and attitude different towards people because of their physical impairment?

Question: How are Derry’s and Mr Lamb’s behaviour and attitude different towards people because of their physical impairment? [CBSE Sample Paper 2015]

Answer: Derry’s main problem was his burnt face. One side of his face was eaten up by acid. He suffered from a tremendous sense of inferiority complex. He was always conscious that his face was “bad”, “terrible” and “the ugliest thing”. People were “afraid” of him. He tries to escape people. He allows himself to be alienated from the world. On the other hand, Mr Lamb doesn’t allow his physical disability to come in his way. He accepts life as it comes. He has a positive attitude towards life, things and people. He doesn’t find solace in escapism. Children tease him by calling him “Lamey-Lamb” but he doesn’t mind it. One of his legs was blown off in the war. But he is full of life and enjoys it at his best. He enjoys sitting in the sun, reading books and growing weeds and flowers.

Derry is withdrawn and defiant. He doesn’t trust people. He thinks that no one will ever love and kiss him except his own mother. He can’t stand people staring at him or passing uncharitable remarks. He is touchy and hypersensitive. Mr Lamb is open-minded and open-hearted. All were welcome in his house. He loves everybody and everything. He teaches Derry how to handle people and things.


How are Derry’s and Mr Lamb’s behaviour and attitude different towards people because of their physical impairment?


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