The Tiger King: CBSE Class 12 NCERT Solution

Find the CBSE Class 12 English (Core) NCERT Solution for the Supplementary Reader Chapter- 2, The Tiger King.

Created On: Jun 15, 2015 13:30 IST
Modified On: Oct 30, 2015 15:04 IST

Find the CBSE Class 12 English (Core) NCERT Solution for the Supplementary Reader Chapter- 2, The Tiger King. It has been framed keeping the Students' perspective in mind. This will help the Students with easy and simple understanding of the concept and technique employed in solving as per the CBSE Marking Scheme.

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Few Sample Question from this Chapter are given below:

Q. The story is a satire on the conceit of those in power. How does the author employ the literary device of dramatic irony in the story?

Ans. In English Literature, dramatic irony is a literary device whereby the words and actions of the characters of a work of literature have a different meaning for the reader than they do for the characters. This is the result of the reader having a greater knowledge than the characters themselves. The character acts in an opposite way to the actual circumstances or the fate.

Kalki effectively uses the tool of dramatic irony in the story. Several instances in the story prove this. For example, after killing the first tiger, the Tiger King is immensely pleased. Conceited as he is, he displays it ostentatiously in front of the astrologer. But the astrologer warns him to be 'very careful with the hundredth tiger'. The King goes on a killing spree and in this manner gets rid of ninety-nine tigers. Having shot at the hundredth tiger, the King believes that now no harm can come to him. But the reader, the King's officers and his sycophants come to know that the lamb like tiger had only fainted from the shock of a bullet.

In jubilation, the King conveniently believes that he had belied the prediction and is willfully ignorant of what lies in store for him. A sliver on the wooden tiger's body, that is a present for the prince, causes his death. Thus, the astrologer's prediction finally comes true.

Kalki's work is a powerful satire on the royalty of yester years who went by their own whims and fancies. The cruel behaviour of the Tiger King with the animals was just to prove the astrologer's prediction wrong shocks and surprises the readers.

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