Mr know all comprehension questions
Mr. Know-All by W. Somerset MaughamRecently I have read a short story «Mr. Know-All» written by Somerset Maugham who was the master of the short, concise novel. So, this story is no exception and I’m going to write a few words about it to convince you that it is worth reading.
At first glance, the plot of the story isn’t very complicated. A rich British merchant of Oriental origin, called Mr. Kelada, meets a group of Westerners on a ship sailing across the Pacific Ocean. His cabin-mate is a nameless narrator that is a collective image of a typical Englishman has some prejudices about Mr. Kelada. He really dislikes Mr. Kelada’s luggage, appearance and even name. Mr. Kelada seems to be extremely communicative, and sometimes even annoying, so nobody appreciates him very much. «He was certainly the best hated man in the ship». One day he bets with Mr. Ramsey about the authenticity of pearls in the chain of Mrs. Ramsey. Mr. Kelada is absolutely sure of his rightness but he sacrifices his own pride and reputation to save an American lady’s marriage. Due to this fact, he deserves the respect of the narrator.
This story teaches us that appearances are deceptive. Mr. Kelada was described as a hearty, jovial, loquacious and argumentative person. Passengers called him Mr. Know-All, even to his face, and this is a serious insult. Although, in an inconvenient situation he shows himself as a sympathetic and understanding person who was not afraid to tarnish his reputation for the sake of preserving the reputation of another person.
The story is told in the first person, but during the narrative his role in the story is changing. At the beginning of the story he is rather active and involved, but at the end his role is very small. He just describes what he sees. What is more, there is no description of the narrator, even his name is not mentioned. This is because the narrator is a typical and unremarkable Englishman, in the place of which everyone can appear. Moreover, the whole ship is an allusion to the real world; it is the collective image of our society. The writer brilliantly uses this metaphor to identify the shortcomings of people’s nature.
The moral of this story is rather simple and understandable. Real pearls and cultured pearls look very similar. But only a closer inspection can reveal what is real and what is imitation. The same goes for people. We all may be guilty of judging people by stereotypes rather than examining the true character of people and getting to know them as individuals. So, it is better not to dont judge a book by its cover.
To sum it all, I would like to say that this story makes you think. It reflects the realities of our world, and you can recognize yourself in the characters of this story. I would recommend it to everyone because it is worth reading and discussing.
Mr Know All
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Kelada spends a lot of time with him. Kelada likes to talk to Mrs. Give information from the story to support your answer. Ramsay challenge Mr. Give information from the story to support you answer. Kelada looked at the pearls closely and smiled.
Where and when does the story take place? The setting. Why does the narrator dislike Mr. Kelada before he even meets him? What does Mr. Kelada look like?