Suspense And Irony In THE HUNTS MAN

  •                 THE HUNTS MAN BY (EDWARD LOWBURY)

Q1:-Discuss in detail the use of elements of suspense and irony in this poem?

Ans:-Suspense means the curiosity to know what would happen in coming days or moments. Irony means the difference between appearance and reality.So the waiting state about something is suspense and what we think and what actually happens is irony.Suspense and Irony In “THE HUNTS MAN” is on top


Suspense And Irony In THE HUNTS MAN:-

Now it is easy to talk in detail about irony and suspense after the definition of both the literary terms. The very title of the poem is ironical because it is not the huntsman actually it is the hunted one. Because Kagwa was the huntsman but he himself became the victim of his cruel fate. Secondly Kagwa thought that he would be rewarded when he would tell about the talking skull to the king that was why he ran to tell the king.

                                                 “Kagwa hurried home;

                                       Went to the king’s chair and spoke

                                       In the forest I found a talking skull”

But unfortunately he is killed and not rewarded because when he reached into the forest the skull did not speak.

                                    “Kagwa said to it, how did you come here?

                                      The skull said nothing, Kagwa implored,

                                                 But the skull said nothing

                                          And the guards said “Kneel down”

                                        They killed him with sword and spear”


Now let us talk about suspense in this poem. The poem is full of the elements of suspense. When Kagwa found the talking skull he became excited and went into the court of the king. And the reader thought that he would be rewarded but the situation was reversed. The king sent his guards with him to find the talking skull, if it would not speak and not to be found, Kagwa would be killed. Great elements of suspense are created when the reader waited and saw what would happen if the skull was not found. See the lines, which create suspense;

                                              “They rode into the forest

                                     For days and night they found nothing”

But the suspense becomes even more, strong when the skull is found but it does not speak. See the lines which are full suspense;

                                   “The skull said nothing, Kagwa implored

                                               But the skull said nothing”

And the suspense is over when the guards order Kagwa to kneel down and cut the head of Kagwa with sword and spear but ironically enough the skull speaks. So keeping in view the above, it is justified to say that the poem is full of the elements of suspense and irony.

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