This is the analysis of a story we read in class, “An Astrologer´s Day” from R. K. Narayan.
The story is about an astrologer, who´s not professionaly trained to be one, and has little knowledge about the stars. He only has the experience. With practice he has come to find the way into tricking people.
One day he sees a man, and hopes to make him a client. He starts talking to this man, using his tricks, when suddenly he realizes who this man was; the astrologer, many years ago, had stabbed this man and left him there thinking he was dead. The astrologer tells him what he knows and the man, Guru Nayak, tells him he is looking for this man to seek revenge. The astrologer tells Guru that this man has died and that his life was in danger, so he should go back to his village. And he did, happy.
The astrologer: He´s a man who pretends to be an astrologer just to get some money for his family. He´s a middle aged man, who years ago left home because of an accident. He had stabbed a man and left him there thinking he was dead, this was a very deep secret he kept.
Guru Nayak: He´s also a middle aged man who goes on a journey looking for a man who years ago stabbed him and left him there. This man was the astrologer, and Guru was his client.
To begin with, this man who calls himself an astrologer, knows nothing about the other´s life and knows nothing about the stars either. He just sits there and talks and tries to get some information out of them so that he can gain some money to mantein his family.
In addition to that, it´s also ironic that Guru is amazed with what the astrologer told him, but what he doesn´t know is that the astrologer knew what had happened to him because he did it. And Guru was looking for revenge on this man, who was actually siting in front of him and said nothing about it.
–Crime & guilt: This theme is connected to the fact that the astrologer commited a crime some time ago, which he felt guilty for all his life. An when he realized this man wasn´t dead, the guilt kind of went away.
–Revenge: This theme is connected to the idea Guru has of finding the man who did that to him and taking revenge for what he did.
–Irony: This theme is connected to the fact that the astrologer wasn´t an astrologer and that his clients and him knew the same stuff about the stars. He wasn´t a profesional, he just used tricks and guessed.
Setting in place:
The story is set in India, as are many of Narayan´s stories. He can notice that because of the words in italics such as pyol. Also, because of the turban the astrologer uses, which is tipical of India.