The Story Review of “Run!!”
The title of the short story is “Run!” The title is appropriate for the story because we see that the two major characters have to reach their destiny by running and the writer leaves a thought that only run can make possible to reach their destiny. On the other hand we can say that the story shows that the life is about running from place to place, the life is about motion. It also shows that men are running their whole life for trivial things without exploring true beauty.
One of the theme of this story is the fear of ragging of newcomer students as we can see that the newcomers leave the campus for the fear of ragging; another theme is the absurdity of modern men as the characters are wandering without any destination; and the last theme of this story is to highlight the true beauty of life which lies in nature as we see that the characters find their true meaning of life in the lap of the nature.
The story starts with a question that if the protagonists are able to reach their exam hall in time. Then the story proceeds with flashback. Two students Sumon and Jakir have come to attend the entrance exam of Jahangirnagar University but they leave the place in fear of ragging. They start their journey without knowing of any destiny. That is a hartal day and they visit ‘SmritiSoudha’,Baipail, Tongi, Chandra by bus or sometimes by walk and at the end they decide to go to Modhupur jungle to watch full moon in dark. They watch the beauty of silver light of full moon in the jungle and they realize the true beauty of life that lies in nature. Then suddenly their rickshaw puller drags them from the site for the fear of ghost. They again start their journey back to the university to attend the examination. But it takes much time because they have gone a long way from the university. They start walking after 7 hours of bus journey to catch the exam but it still 3 kilometers away from the hall with 20 minutes in hand. So they start to run. The story ends with suspense whether they attend the exam or not.
There are ten characters in the story. Two are major characters and eight are minor characters. Sumon and Jakir are major characters and Nahid vai, Salim vai, truck driver, truck helper, rickshaw puller, bus conductor, Hijra and the macho man are minor characters. Among these Jakir is the narrator of the story. He is also a static character. The whole story develops on the characters of Jakir and Salim and rest of the characters assist them to lead the story. In this story the writer wants to give a fun through the characters of Hijra and the Macho man. These two characters creates a smile in the face of the readers.
The writer uses many places and time as the setting of the story. The places are the Prantik Gate and SmritiSoudha of Jahangirnagar University, Baipail, Ashulia, Chandra, Modhupur, Savar, Gazipur, Tangail, Mirzapur and Kaliakair. The time of several events are dawn, cold morning, moonlit night, sunny morning etc. For example, in the beginning of the story there is an event when Sumon and Jakir left the university to Prantik Gate on December 26, 2004 and it was a cold morning.
Point of view:
The whole story has written in 1st person point of view. In this story, Jakir, one of the protagonists, narrates the story form his experience.
In this story writer uses formal English. But in some cases Author uses some informal English which some time confuse the readers. For example,
-Aye! You are being scary bro! Hop up!
Here in this story writer also used some word which is not belong to the English dictionary
-Aye, Bhroot! Bhroot!, vot Vot! etc .
There are some problems of tense. The story is presented with past tense but there are some lines which are unconsciously written in present sentences. That is very confusing for a reader. For example,
“we were looking for something. Somehow the world seems to fuel our eccentricity”.
The author use more short sentences than long sentences.
Style of the Story:
The story has been written on centering the Standard English form but sometimes it Curves the rule of standard English form. In this Story author used very complex English word which does not clearly exposed its meaning before the reader.
This example can give us a clear concept
“But I could not resist myself from the furtive glances of that beauty”
Moreover there are also some problems regarding punctuation marks and use of article and preposition. In some point the author uses punctuation marks and in some point he missed it.
In this story there are some dialogues which are written in informal language. For example there is a conversation between Sumon and Jakir when they became successful to run away from the hall of the university campus.
- So, where to go?
- Hmm! Let’s go to the ‘SmritiSoudha’. Open place, we could make the whole day there.
- Jakirrr! Rickshaw!
- Aye! You are being scary bro! Hop up!
Here we can see that the writer uses many informal words in this conversation such as, Hmm!, Aye! Bro! etc.
The author uses some poems between the dialogues. Like
“What to do! What to do!
If nothing then booo!
We also find Bangla song in the story which is sung by the bus driver. As
“amar gorur garite bou sajiye..”
Sometimes the choices of words in dialogue are unusual. For example,
“Tonight cometh the true meaning of life”, here ‘cometh’ is unusual word for a conversation.
In this story, the writer uses some techniques such as flashback techniques, simile, metaphor etc. For example we find “flashback technique” in the first of the story when Jakir describes the past incidents for which they are in a crucial situation that they have to go 3 kilometers in 20 minutes in order to attend the admission test. We find “simile” in a sentence “Stomach full, feeling strength like bull”. Here the characters are comparing themselves with bull after taking meal for a long time. There is another example of simile in this story. It lies in the sentence “Even in that cold, he was sweating like ice on the oven”. We find “metaphor” in the sentence “Who cares! We have buss number 11”. Here Jakir symbolizes his two legs as bus number 11 and it is a metaphor. . There is another example of metaphor in this story. It lies in the sentence “Let me drench my deserted eyes with this oasis of beauty”. Here Jakir symbolizes the beauty of girl with the oasis.
The following story somehow follows the structure of a typical story. Such as, it has a foreshadowing, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution but these all are not so much clear. In the foreshadowing we have seen that the story starts with a question that if the protagonists will be able to reach their exam hall in time or not. They have 20 minutes and they have to go 3 kilometers. After that, the narrator says that because of some crazy thought they are at a crucial situation. The given hints of the foreshadowing part are not so clear and it will be tough for the readers to predict the events of the story after completing the beginning part. The running away from the hall of the university can be said as the rising action because this is the starting point of their journey of unknown. We can select the event of Modhupur Jungle as the climax of this story.The return journey from Madhupur to Dhaka can be said as the falling action. The story does not have any concrete resolution rather than it ends with a suspense. The reader will think about the later events of the story that both Jakir and Sumon were able to reach at their exam hall or not. So we can judge the suspense as the resolution of the story.
Comment and Evaluation:
Overall we can say that it is a good story. It has an appropriate title and through the title the story shows that the life is about running from place to place, the life is about motion. It also shows that men are running their whole life for trivial things without exploring true beauty. The theme of the story is based on today’s circumstances. Such as ragging in university. The newcomer students always stay in a fear that when they will face the cruel adore of the seniors! The story also shows that the modern people do not work with proper planning. The plot of the story is nice except there are some hard lines which will create problems for the readers to understand. The characters of the story are important for the story and all the characters are used in a brilliant way. For this reason the story seems more lively and authentic. The setting of the story is also significant. The writer uses various places and time as the setting of the story. The techniques and the structure of the story gives more fragrance in it so that the readers will get pleasure to read it. Though there are some grammatical lacking, it is a well written story and it is worthy to get A- out of A+.
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