BA English Notes: The Rebel Explanation

The Rebel

                                 D.J. Enright

The Rebel Explanation lines (1-8):

Reference: These lines have taken from the poem ‘ The Rebel’ written by D. J. Enright.

Context: In this poem, the poet gives the picture of a rebel who does not follow the uniform pattern of thinking and behavior. He does not follow other people blindly. He acts differently from other people as when every body has short hair, his hair are long. If they are silent in class he creates noise etc.

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Explanation:

The poet sketches the character of the rebel mastery. When there is fashion of short hair, the rebel has long hair. On other hand, when most of the people keep their hair, he gets them cut. The class ids discussing a very important matter and every one takes part in this discussion, while the rebel is as silent as grave. If there is serious lecture in the class and every student is attentive, the rebel creates disturbance.

Actually the poet is writing about the complex and contradictory attitude of rebels. Every adolescent wants to be different from others. The contradictory attitude of rebel shows that he is motivated by self- assertion, exhibitionism and individuality. So, he contradicts every thing.

The Rebel Explanation lines (9-16):

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 Explanation:

Every body wears the uniform in his respective department and institute, while the rebel dresses colourful clothes. He likes dark colours like red, black, yellow, etc. There may be any function for Eid, matrimony and any party, everyone wears colourful and beautiful clothes to attend the function, the rebel, on other hand, does not wear colourful and beautiful clothes and likes to wear ordinary clothes. Some persons are sitting and they are discussing about dogs and their superiority, the rebel doesn’t agree with and prefers cats. Some persons are discussing about the merits of cats when the rebel prefers dogs.

In fact, the rebel has no love for colourful or sober clothes or dogs or cats, but he wants to be different from others. He is impressed by sis self-assertion, but one point is notable that this rebel very wise and witty and he is neither vicious (bad) nor dangerous in general sense of a rebel.

The Rebel Explanation lines (17-24):

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 Explanation:

His every action is contradictory. There is a great winter season and everyone like the sun shining, but the rebel does not agree with them. On the other hand, when no one likes the sun, he likes it. There is a procession and all the persons are going to this procession, the rebel stays at home and reads the books. On the other hand, when the majority of people are at home, he goes to the meeting.

Everyone is saying yes please! The rebel is against them and he says no thank you. On other hand, when all the people say no thank you. He answers yes. It is very nice that we have rebel in our society. Although, we may not like them or to be one of them.

 The rebel may not be liked by us but he provides newness to society. He is not a rebel in the sense of countries and the world but he is the pseudo (artificial) rebel. Common people may hate the rebel, but he is the source of modernity in society.

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