Here we discuss about the short story ‘The Rattrap’ written by Selma Lagerlof, Flamingo, CBSE class 12 textbook. Go through the The Rattrap summary and solved questions
1. Why did the peddler sign himself as Captain Von Stahle?
The ironmaster has invited the peddler to his house mistaking him for Captain Von Stahle. The possibilities of sumptuous dinner, warm bed and an unhazardous sleep lured him pass himself off as Captain.
2. How does the peddler interpret the acts of kindness and hospitality shown by the Crofter, the ironmaster, and his daughter?
The peddler interprets the acts of kindness and hospitality shown by crofter, the ironmaster and his daughter differently. He steals crofter’s money despite crofter helping him to find a shelter and arranging his food. But the contrasting style behaviour from father and daughter results a change of heart of the peddler. He is especially overwhelmed at the behaviour of Edla who shows her mercy on him despite all his shortcomings.
Solved Long Questions and Answers for The Rattrap
1. What is the theme of the story ‘The Rattrap’ and how has it been developed? OR, Kind words can change a devil into a saint. Justify on the basis of the lesson.
The world around us is full of traps and dungeons waiting for our one slip. However no matter how deep the trap is, the inherent goodness of human being can redeem himself from the darkness of the trap. The story in discussion builds around a strong metaphor of rattrap. The peddler of rattraps calls the world a big rattrap. The material benefits like riches and joys, shelter and food, heat and clothing are temptations that provoke us to mistakes. The peddler is tempted by thirty kronors of the old crofter. He steals the money and now shivers in the fear of being caught and moves through a deep ,dark forest which is an extension of a rattrap. He finds a shelter in the house of ironmaster in assistance with another deception. However, all his inherent darkness is exorcised by the saint-like presence of Edla, the daughter of ironmaster. Instead of judging him on his follies, the lady can see through his inner goodness and her divine presence rouses the good heart of the peddler. He is soon to realise his folly and wants to make quick amendment to this. Thus the faith in humanity and infinite kindness change the person once and for all.
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